CC Search

Finding good images online that can be used freely without breaching copyright can be a challenge.  CC Search ( is a tool which aims to make this task a little easier.  CC search is working to improve discoverability of copyright cleared images by cross searching open archives.  The CC stands for Creative Commons, a licencing system that facilitates the sharing and reuse of content.   Simply enter your search term in the box and get results returned from Flickr, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Library, Rijkmuseum and Europeana amongst others.  CC Search is a prototype at the moment but still has lots to offer.   The total number of searchable images is now over 10 million after the recent integration of 470,000 more images from Europeana.  Extra features, like creating lists and favourites are available by setting up an account on the site.  Another good feature is one click attribution, making referencing your source quicker and easier.  CC Search is worth a visit if you are looking for images.

“By the Seaside” by Klearchos Kapoutsis is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Ice cream” by CeresB is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Beach Huts” by Mary T Moore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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