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Shows how you can easily apply filters to commonly used search engines to sort by Creative Commons license.

Google Image Search

1.  Go to Google Image Search and then click "Search Tools," or search Google, click "Images," and then click "Search Tools."

2.  Click the "Usage Rights" drop-down menu, and then select which type of use you would like to filter for. 

3.  Click on the the image that you would like to use, click "Visit Page," and then click on the image once again.  Below the image is more information about the image, including Creative Commons License information, which is highlighted.  This image is CC0, which means that its creator has placed the image into Public Domain.  Click on the "More Details" in order to retrieve even more information about the image.

4.  From this page, you are able select the size that you would like to download and use.  Clicking on the Information About Using link will lead the user to further information about the Creative Commons Licensing structure and to general help about reusing the image.  

Filtering a Search in YouTube

Perform a search in YouTube.  Click "Filters" and then click "Creative Commons."  This filter will limit your search to any video with a Creative Commons CC-By or Attribution License.   This license allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the original work, even commercially, as long as the original author is credited for the original work.    

Below the YouTube Video, you will find information regarding the Creative Commons License.  You can also click on "Source videos" to see what videos the author used in order to create this video.  

Search from Creative Commons Website

Creative Commons offers a convenient search interface to connect users with different search engines that allow filtering by Creative Commons Licensing.  This screenshot shows a Google web search for resources that can be modified or adapted (not for commercial use) using the search term "maps of Illinois."  When beginning a search from the Creative Commons Search interface, always verify that the resource is indeed under Creative Commons Licensing.

Google returns a list of results, which can be reviewed for an appropriate resource.  As with any web search, select a result that is both relevant and credible.      

This image shows the Libre Map Project homepage.  The Creative Commons Licensing information is clearly visible at the bottom of the page.  

Clicking on the Creative Commons icon opens the Creative Commons License information page.  This page tells users how they can use the information found on the website.