Search engines such as Google and Bing can find images, fonts, graphics, and music on the Web. However, you are not necessarily authorized to use these as such creative works are often copyrighted-even if they don't say they are.  Only the copyright holder can grant permission to use their images.  However, there are still ways you can legally, cheaply, and ethically use the creative works of others in your projects for DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management.

Open source library materials are available to be used by all students free of charge.  However, it is important to recognize that even open source materials are protected by copyright and use of those materials may be subject to license terms.

Before using an open source materials, please be sure to check the terms of the license as it will define the permitted uses of the materials and any particular license requirements.

In many cases, the license will be embedded in the materials themselves.  In some cases, the materials may contain an icon referring to a form of Creative Commons License.  For a list of these licenses and their   specific terms, you can go to
The license may cover the following subjects: 

  • The type of use of the material that is permitted and whether you can modify or adapt the material.
  • Whether you can use the material for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
  • Whether you need to provide attribution (i.e. credit) to the original author of the work.
  • Whether you need to distribute any modified work on the same terms.

You are solely responsible for and assume all risk from your use of an Open Source library materials and for complying with applicable license terms.  DeVry makes no representations regarding and disclaims all liability for any use of Open Source library materials.

Creative Commons Licenses (CC)

The Creative Commons facilitate the use of these works by students and other while helping artists and producers gain recognition and exposure. Through this non-profit organization, creators use licenses to communicate how their works can be used for free. The Creative Commons site explains the six different licenses and how they must be followed by you and others using these graphic, images, fonts, songs, etc. Creative Commons licenses work within Copyright laws.  

Public Domain

When copyright expires, creative works enter the public domain. In rare cases, copyright may be forfeited or non-applicable. Public Domain works can used without permission or charge. Generally, all works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public. You, however, are responsible for determining if a work truly is in the public domain.

United States Government Resource
A United States government work is created by an officer or employee of the US government as part of that person's official duties. Such items are not subject to US copyright and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work.

Royalty Free

Royalty Free media permits its use without paying royalty charges or a license fees for each use.  Some sites may require a onetime fee or subscription to obtain and use a creative work. The owner of a royalty-free work still retains the copyright, but you don't have to pay to use it.


Beyond the copyright  license agreements and royalty fees, the DeVry and Keller Academic Integrity Policies require that all images, audio, video, effects, etc. which have not been created by you be cited properly in APA style.  Students failing to do this are committing plagiarism.

Additional Restrictions

There are still things you cannot do with these copyright-compliant and royalty-free works. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Making multiple copies
  • Providing access to, selling, leasing, loaning, or giving away these resources
  • Changing or altering resources

Restrictions vary and you are responsible for complying with the limits set by the site and the producers of these creative resources.

The following sites can be used to find photos and images, clipart, fonts, and music for use with your classes. These sites are provided for your convenience and are not support nor endorsed by DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management. You are responsible for awareness and compliance with the limitations and requirements of each site.

Music and Sound Effects
Visual Effects



Creative Commons Search
Portal for searching sites for Creative Commons images, audio, video, and other media. This is not a search engine. It provides access to search services provided by other independent organizations. The Creative Commons does not control the results. To verify that the work is actually under a CC license follow the link

Wikimedia Commons
An extensive collection of roughly 25 Million media files. Although the content is billed as freely available, you must abide by the Commons: Reusing content outside Wikimedia restrictions. Go to for information about the restrictions.




Flickr's Commons Search seeks to search images placed in the collection by a variety of institutions around the world. Although some of the images have "no known copyright restrictions," you  must right click on an image to see which restrictions, if any, apply.

Flickr Search Engines:
John Johnson -- Images feature the simple embed code along with attribution link.  Includes a link to PicMonkey for photo editing.
Foter -- Foter uses the Flickr API and searches more than 228 Million Creative Commons photos. Once a photo is selected, grab the embed code to insert it. The embed code contains all necessary CC attribution, to obviate crediting manually. Requires a free log in.
TinEYe Labs -- Searches the Flickr database by color.

A license-specific photo search engine. Results can be sorted by: free licenses, public domain, Creative Commons, and commercial results. Requires free log in.

Free Foto
This site bills itself as the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet. Users must provide a link back and attribution.

Allows sharing images free of most restrictions. All pictures are published under Creative Commons Public Domain license CC0; Free for commercial use / No attribution required. However, the search may link you to fee-based sites.

Free Public Domain Photo Database   
A collection of images, most of which are in the in the public domain.

Free Images  
A subsidiary of Getty Images, this free database, provides wide latitude in using copyright images. Free login is required.

Uses "Computer Vision" to search images at the pixel level, rather than relying on tags. Results can be modified to "free to use" or "free to modify" results.

Free Digital Photos  
Only the small sizes are free and these require attribution. A free log in is required.

Free Stock Photos 
Collection of approximately 15,000 photos and clip art available in a variety of commercial and editorial licenses.

Free Range Stock  
Free Range Stock provides free stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use with an opportunity to acquire fee-based premium material. Free Log in is required. 

Contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects. Images are provided with free usage rights. U.S. Government Photos and Images    
Menu driven search for images in the public domain or U.S. government works which may be used without permission or fee. Read the disclaimers on each site prior to using images as some may be protected by license or copyright.

The US National Archives 
A collection of historical images related to the US Government

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog 
Searches mostly historical images in the public domain

Provides over 100,000 free stock photos for all use including commercial projects. The site says, "there are never any fees." The quality of images varies significantly. 

All stock is royalty free and available for use at no cost. Their mission is: "Provide the world with high quality images, video and vectors at no cost with no usage restrictions." Content is rather limited, but of professional quality.

From Old Books 
Searchable collection of illustrations from antiquarian works in the public domain.

Animal Photos! 
Extensive collection of animal images are under creative commons.

An easy way to search the creative Commons portion of this site which caters to independent artists is to use Google advance search:
"This work is licensed under a Creative Commons"
Click "Images" on the left side of the Google page.
To refine results, enter additional terms to the search.



Cool Archive 
Compiles clip art from a variety of sources. While all the works are billed as free, certain restrictions may apply.

Allows sharing images free of most restrictions. All pictures are published under Creative Commons Public Domain license CC0; Free for commercial use / No attribution required. However, the search may link you to fee-based sites.

An online sharing service where users share free public domain vector cliparts, or photos. Users who upload material must certify images are in the public domain. 

Open Clip Art
Art from contributors who release their work into the public domain as a condition of uploading their work into the collection.

Tango Icons   
A Wikimedia icon collection

Can search for icons by limiting results to free icons as well as those with varying degrees of license restrictions.



2200 Free Fonts 
As the name implies, there are more than 2,200 free fonts available on this site.

Open Font Library 
All the fonts on this site are free to use, study, share and remix.

Only Free Fonts  
Provides an online font browser to preview fonts prior to downloading.

Download Free Fonts 
Extensive collection of free true type fonts

Ace Free Fonts 
More than 20.000 available fonts. While most are free for Windows or Mac, some are available at low cost.

Cool Archive 
Compiles fonts from a variety of sources. While all of these are billed as free, certain restrictions may apply.

Better Fonts 
These approximately 500 fonts are billed as freeware, shareware or demo versions. 
Free fonts are available for web projects. A guided learning format is available for creating websites. Most of the fonts on this site are fee-based.

Listed in the University's Cleary report, the fonts are available on a fee basis


Music and Sound Effects

Claims to have thousands of free and legal carefully curated MP3s by a variety of mostly independent artists.

Better Propaganda
Bills itself as the "largest curated repository of free and legal tracks" from the past 15 years.

Purple Planet   
Contains licensed music for a fee and free music that requires credit being given with the following notation: Music:

All music in this collection is released under Creative Commons License 3.0. You must provide a link to the website or note: "music by"

Free Music Archive  
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of legal audio downloads directed by radio station WFMU. You are responsible for following the Creative Commons license requirements. Music can be searched by license type.

Free Sound
A searchable database of more than 1,700 music and audio effect clips released under Creative Commons licenses. 

SoundBible is a source for thousands of copyright free sounds through the Creative Commons and Public Domain.

PacDV provides royalty free sounds for filmmakers, sound designers, music producers, students, and multimedia developers .

PD Sounds  
A non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project supported by volunteers who donate sound recordings to the public domain.

Several hundred selections are available.  The host of the site says, "Anyone can use any of my music in any project."

A collaborative database of audio segments, samples, recordings, etc. 

A free membership is required to access free sound effect, music and production element downloads.

Free Stock Music   
Provides free royalty free music in eight production music categories: cinematic, corporate, easy listening, electronic hip-hop, international, pop, and rock. Music can be allowed in all types of productions. Requires free log in.

Soundtrack Music 
Contains fee-based as well as music offered for free provided you credit the composer and the URL: The database includes a unique color association search feature to find different types of music.

ccMixter is an international community of more than 40,000 artists. All works must follow Creative Commons licensing.  

Public Domain 4U 
Eclectic collection of mostly older music

Provides recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Most of the music is in the public domain.



Motion Elements 
Most animations are fee-based, but there are approximately 400 available for free.  

Ignite Motion 
Offers motion background videos in HD, 720p, and Loop formats for free for both personal and commercial use

Footage Crate
A popular source of free special effects which guides users to the premium resources.

Motion Backgrounds For Free 
A growing collection of free after effects templates. Requires free log in.


Visual Effects

Flix Press 
Free account provides free templates, customizable text and images, a variety of formats and an audio library.

Presentation Magazine 
Provides access to a collection of more than nearly 45,000 PowerPoint templates, themes, and backgrounds.   Many of which are available for free downloading. While not in the Creative Commons, the website says they are "free to use in personal and business presentations, but not to be sold, or be redistributed in any way."

Beachfront B-Roll 
HD stock video footage and animated backgrounds for. All clips in the library are completely free to use with the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Movie Tools
Allows free use of video clips and effects and permits alterations provided the work is not sold or distributed as a single product.



This site is license under the Creative Commons and provides nearly 300 professionally produced video clips. Time-lapse footage is a specialty.

X Stock Video 
This producer of premium stock video also provides a range of free and very low cost videos under its regular license. The free videos are typically at 960 x 540 graphics display resolution.

Clip Canvas 
A premium stock video producer makes roughly 150 professional clips available for free.

A community of professional and amateur videographers to share and use free HD stock video footage and free b-roll footage with each other. Material is shared under a Creative Commons license or is in the public domain. Free Membership needed.

Free Footage 
A limited number of video of varying quality available without restriction available in HD.

The site says it has hundreds of free Full HD and HD footages and videos. Requires attribution to Alessandro Zavattero and link to his channel and website in the credits.

Free HD stock footage 
Amateur site of free video clips

The site offers free videos, graphics, and musical-content. You may use this content free of charge, in both personal and commercial productions.