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Quick Reference Guide to Finding Creative Commons Material

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Creative Commons Information Pack

for Teachers and Students

This information guide was jointly developed by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation through Creative Commons Australia and the National Copyright Unit of the COAG Education Council.

For further information contact Creative Commons Australia at info@creativecommons.org.au.

Information about Creative Commons


Search tools for finding Creative Commons and open access resources

These sites have material which is searchable by how they can be used, including whether they are under a Creative Commons licence:


Web resources where all material is CC licensed or open access












  • http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html - provides free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
  • http://www.opendoar.org/ - a directory of open access academic repositories, featuring collections such as:
    • http://www.tlrp.org/ - the Teaching and Learning Research Programme supports and develops the UK's educational research to improve outcomes for learners of all ages.
    • http://www.hsdvl.org/ - the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, has built an extensive collection of digital video materials supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education reform.
  • http://www.overmundo.com.br/banco/banco.php - Overmundo Banco de Cultura - Brazilian multi-format CC archive (in Portuguese, but you can view the licences in English).
  • http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/ - the World Bank’s open knowledge repository.




Web resources where some material is CC licensed or open access Images





  • http://www.archive.org/ - The Internet Archive is an internet library, hosting thousands of CC-licensed and Public Domain video, audio, and text items.
  • http://secondlife.com – Second Life, a resident built virtual world, which allows open licensing for content created in the world
  • http://openclipart.org/ - Open Clip Art Library
  • http://www.lightandmatter.com/ - The Light and Matter series of introductory physics textbooks is available for free under a CC licence.
  • http://trove.nla.gov.au – Trove helps you find resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations.