The links below will take you to sites that may provide copyright-free or Creative Commons licensed works.

Please note: When using any of these resources, it is your responsibility to abide by the terms of use stated on the website. Citations are required when adding these works to Bow Valley College publications.


Flickr Use Flickr's advanced search options to search for Creative Commons licensed images
Flickr Commons Access to world public photo archives
Google Use Google's Advanced Search option (under Settings) to search for Creative Commons licensed images. In the Usage Rights field, choose the licence you need.
Images Canada Images from participating Canadian cultural institutions
Internet Archive Library of free books, movies, software, music, websites, etc.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collection

All images are identified by licence

Morph Bank

Biological image database

ClipSafari CC0 "No Rights Reserved" image repository
NASA Images

NASA images available for educational and non-commercial use

New York Public Library Digital Collections Public domain image gallery
Pics 4 Learning Image gallery for teachers and students
Pixabay Creative Commons CC0 licensed images and videos
Public Health Image Library

Image gallery (note: viewing discretion is advised)

The Noun Project Icons and symbols gallery
University of California — San Diego Medical exam images (note: viewing discretion is advised)
Unsplash Creative Commons CC0 licensed image gallery
Wellcome Images Medicine, science, society, and culture image gallery
Wikimedia Commons Image gallery


CCMixter Creative Commons license music.
Jamendo Music gallery
Wave Source Sound effects gallery

Open Education Resources/Open Access Resources

Bow Valley College RGO Library and Learning Commons Open Educational Resources Listings The Library and Learning Commons listings of Open Educational Ressources
Athabasca University Press Open access press
BioMed Central Peer-reviewed journals in biology, clinical medicine, and health
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals
Open Education Resources Commons Open Education Resources Commons digital library
UNESCO Open Access Publications UNESCO Open Access Resources
Wikipedia Free content encyclopedia 

Citation Resources

Bow Valley College Reference and Citation Management Tools RGO Library and Learning Commons Library Guide
Bow Valley College Guide to APA Style RGO Library and Learning Commons Library Guide
BibMe An automatic bibliography maker
KnightCite An online citation generator
Purdue University OWL APA formatting and style guide
University of Auckland ReferenCite An online citation generator 


YouTube When searching on YouTube, use their filters to find works with Creative Commons licences.

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