A few weeks back I posted some advice about how to best display images in PowerPoint. That post ended with mention of a few online resources for finding images. Today I want to highlight another, more comprehensive option. The fine folks over at Creative Commons have put together a page which provides quick and convenient access to a variety of search engines. The Creative Commons Search page can draw data from Google, Google Image Search, Flickr, blip.tv, Jamendo, SpinXpress, and Wikimedia Commons. With one search at Creative Commons you can tab through the results from each of these engines.
For those of you unfamiliar with Creative Commons, it is a non-profit organization which promotes the sharing of creative and intellectual property. Here at DIY Ivory Tower, we’ve elected to publish our posts under a Creative Commons “share and share alike” style license. It allows others to share, copy, distribute, and adapt our work so long as they provide proper attribution and make the resulting content available in a similar manner. You can learn more about our license in particular and the organization in general by following the Creative Commons link at the bottom of the content bar on the right side of this and every DiYiT page.
As you might expect from Creative Commons, their search page automatically limits your results to the text, images, videos, music, or other media available for legal reuse. The search page gives you the option to find results which can be used for commercial purposes or those which can be legally adapted, modified, or built upon. Creative Commons does note that they do not have any control over the results displayed by these search engines so you should definitely double check the copyright status of any media you intend to use.