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Student guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): How to find multimedia OER

This guide focuses on open educational resources (OER) for TCC students and how to find, use, and cite openly licensed multimedia and materials

What's included in multimedia?

In this context, multimedia includes images, videos, and audio.

How to find openly licensed...

Introductory video: How to find OER images (7:14 mins)

OER image sites/repositories:

Creative Commons Search logo

Flickr logo
Wikimedia Commons logo

Google Image search

We're probably all pretty familiar with doing Google searches, and Google provides access to millions of images. But not all images can be reused freely! But there are ways to narrow down to openly licensed images through a Google search.

When you do a Google image search:

  1. Use keywords to search for related images
  2. Click on the "Tools" button on the right-hand side, above the image results
  3. Then click on the drop-down menu for "Usage rights," as seen in the screenshot below 
  4. There you will see an option to narrow down to Creative Commons licensed images.

But be careful when trying to find openly licensed images via a Google Images search! Doublecheck that your image is actually openly licensed by clicking through to the website where the image is from.

Google Images search and using the Tool to narrow down to CC licensed images

Additional places to find CC-licensed, freely available, or public domain images:

Introductory video: How to find OER videos (6:38 mins)

OER video sites/repositories:

TED Talks logo

YouTube logo
Vimeo logo

Additional places to find openly licensed or open-source videos or films:

Introductory video: How to find OER audio (5:04 mins)

OER audio sites/repositories:

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