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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use. In addition to this guide, we recommend you also check out a related OER site, Textbook Affordability at UMD.

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use for commercial purposes;
modify, adapt, or build upon.


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Creative Commons Image Search allows you to search for images with specific licensing parameters. Various websites such as Google and Flickr have this feature built in to their searching. Below is a list from the Creative Commons website on the image sharing websites that are cooperating with creative commons image searching.

Providers

Provider Domain # CC Licensed Works
500px https://500px.com 52,600
Animal Diversity Web https://animaldiversity.org 14,839
Behance https://www.behance.net 5,245,769
DeviantArt https://www.deviantart.com 187,803
Digitalt Museum https://digitaltmuseum.org 88,970
Encyclopedia of Life http://eol.org 497,138
Flickr https://www.flickr.com 9,602,322
Flora-On http://flora-on.pt 26,498
Geograph® Britain and Ireland https://www.geograph.org.uk 998,383
IHA Holiday Ads https://www.iha.com 2,058,271
Montreal Social History Museum https://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/ 108,698
Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org 194,384
Museums Victoria https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au 64,433
New York Public Library https://www.nypl.org 168,550
Rijksmuseum NL https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/ 30,000
Science Museum – UK https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk 13,942

 

Licensing with Creative Commons

Here is a list of licenses provided by the Creative Commons site.

The Licenses

Attribution 
CC BY

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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Attribution-ShareAlike 
CC BY-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

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Attribution-NoDerivs 
CC BY-ND

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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Attribution-NonCommercial 
CC BY-NC

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 
CC BY-NC-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 
CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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We also provide tools that work in the “all rights granted” space of the public domain. Our CC0 tool allows licensors to waive all rights and place a work in the public domain, and our Public Domain Mark allows any web user to “mark” a work as being in the public domain.

If you are looking for more information on Copyright see the LibGuide.