Guide to using media in your assignments

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What is Creative Commons?
Why should I care?

  • A lot of media found online is copyrighted, which means you need permission from the creator to use it.
  • If an image (or audio or video clip) is licensed under Creative Commons, it means you can freely use it in your assignment as long as you follow some simple steps.

Finding images, music & video
for your assignments

Pixabay Over 1173370 high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics, all free for educational use with no login or reference required.


Unsplash Similar to Pixabay – all photos are free for educational use with no login or reference required.


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Photos for Class Search for images for all your assignments from a huge range of topics. The best part is all photos include an automatic citation (reference) when downloaded!


Open Clipart A large collection of clipart images to use freely in your assignments without any reference.


Pexels Videos A collection of videos that you can freely edit and use in your assignments without attribution.


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Wikimedia Commons Search for images, sounds and videos, many of which require no reference or attribution.



Creative Commons Search Use this search engine to look for materials that have a Creative Commons license (remember to untick the first box as you will not be using the material for commercial purposes – this will give you more results).





Free Music Online A list of websites that give access to free, high-quality music clips (compiled by Scotch College, WA)



Trove – Pictures, Photos & Objects Historical images and photos from around Australia.


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The British Library: Flickr Photostream One million historic illustrations from books free to reuse, remix or repurpose.



Metropolitan Museum of Art Almost all of the artwork images in this online collection are free to use for educational purposes.

“Look for this icon Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) Icon below the image in the Collection section of this website, then click on the download icon next to it Download Icon to save the image to your desktop or device. Please use the following credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by the specific information identified as the “Credit Line” on the Collection page for each work of art. The citation must also include the URL”






General Creative Commons Information

Creative Commons in Plain English
A short video explaining Copyright and Creative Commons.

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Creative Commons Licenses
View the different types of Creative Commons Licenses and what they mean.

Creative Commons Video
A short and fun animated video explains the CC licenses.

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Other Useful Information

Referencing Creative Commons Materials

A guide outlining the information that needs to be included when you reference Creative Commons materials in your assignments.

Make Your Own Creative Commons License

Use this tool to decide what Creative Commons License to use for work you have created.