Do you frequently search for images to use in PowerPoints, handouts, and other course materials? Do you ask your students to include images in blogs, wikis, websites, and other projects? If so, take advantage of the many sources free, copyright-free images available to you.
Wikimedia Commons ( is a database containing tens of millions of public domain and Creative Commons licensed* images. If you’re looking for more artistic images, Pixabay (, which offers over 500,000 free, public domain images, is the place to look. Do you need clipart? Openclipart( offers a variety of free-to-use clipart images. Perhaps you need harder to find images depicting some aspect of the culture you’re teaching? In that case, the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon( is the place to look. This database contains images sorted by language and country that you may not easily find with other tools.
For additional sources of free images, check out Creative Commons Search (
*Creative Commons licensed images are free to use but sometimes require attribution to their creator. To learn more about Creative Commons licensing visit