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Open Educational Resources

Digital media

Looking for free videos, images and music? Check out the below sources.

  • BurningWell - A repository for public domain (free for any use) images. You are free to download, copy and use the photos you find here for any purpose. These free images were donated by photographers from around the world
  • ccMixter - A community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Compfight - An image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. We make good use of the flickr™ API, but aren't affiliated with flickr.
  • Creative Commons Image Search - Find permission-free media resources across multiple sites.
  • Europeana - explore 58,780,359 artworks, artefacts, books, films and music from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives
  • Flickr - online photo management and sharing application in the world, filter by license type
  • Foter - uses the Flickr API and searches Creative Commons photos
  • Free Music Archive - an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America
  • Freesound - a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse
  • Incompetech - free to use music
  • Internet Archive (Free Movies, Music, Books & Wayback Machine: exceptional resource!)
  • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room - The information may not be accurate or complete. Determine for yourself whether or not an item is protected by copyright or in the public domain, and then satisfy any copyright or use restrictions when publishing or distributing materials from the collections. 
  • Musopen
  • Pexels
  • Picdrome - Public Domain pictures
  • Pixabay
  • Skuawk - Public Domain photos
  • TED Blog - 100 Websites You Should Know and Use from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Ideas Worth Spreading.
  • Unsplash - Beautiful, free photos
  • Wikimedia Commons - a collection of 54,066,850 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
  • YouTube - A video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips.


Except for the PPT, this guide is adapted from the work of Lauren B. Collister at the University of PIttsburghPortland Community CollegeVirginia Tech, and UMass Amherst Libraries.

This content in this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.