To use Creative Commons Effectively Follow These Directions


1. Searching for a Picture

Type word(s) in Search Box that 'might' represent your p
Click on a Search Engine TAB
I would suggest Flickr for photos. It is a popular photo sharing site.
Ignore all advertising in the right side bar

2. Finding the Information to Give PROPER credit to the Artist or Author

Note that when you are in Creative Commons, the URL never changes.
It DOES NOT give you the information you need to give you credit (attribution)
You Need more info-- Follow these steps to get the "credit" information
  • Right Click on Photo You Want
  • Select (Open in New Tab or Window)
  • A new window or Tab appears WITH the proper web address appears in the URL
    Use this address to give the author or artist credit.
    Highlight the URL, COPY it, and PASTE it in a WORD document. Your URL should look like this:
http://flickr.com/photos/78668924@N00/247510480/

Double Check how you can USE it. Click on Some Rights Reserve. READ the license. Copy and paste the symbols from the license into your word document next to the URL for the photo from Flickr. This will help you understand how you can use the picture in your project. See example: Credits Page.doc
If you are not sure what these mean, go back and read through the CREATIVE COMMONS comic, or other parts of the Creative Commons site.
*Open this document to understand the creative commons licensing: creative common license.doc

3. Saving the Picture in your Folder
  • RIGHT CLICK and SAVE PICTURE AS
  • Select your FOLDER to SAVE IN
  • Change the name of the picture to something you will remember.
  • Don't do this unless you have already DONE STEP 2 (Finding information to Give Proper Credit)

4. Using del.icio.us to Keep Track of your pictures
  • Right Click on Photo You Want
  • Select (Open in New Tab or Window)
  • A new window or Tab appears WITH the proper web address appears in the URL
    Use this address to give the author or artist credit.
    It will look something like this.:
http://flickr.com/photos/78668924@N00/247510480/
  • Click on the del.ico.us TAG button. Login to our class del.icio.us account.
    If the LOGIN screen does not appear, make sure the computer is logged into our class Account.
    If it is logged into someone else's del.cio.us account, close out the tag screen and click on the del.cio.us button to LOG Out. (THEN repeat this step)
  • TAG the URL with a word to describe your picture AND ALSO a tag such as your stacs username. Now you will have the information you need when it is time to do your credits.
    Work SMARTER, not HARDER!

5. What do do when CREATIVE COMMONS is not working properly?
Sometimes creative commons site seems to get bogged down and it works better to go directly to
flickr or other sites. If you need a picture…(you can go directly to the http://flickr.com/creativecommons/
But BE CAREFUL… only search for CREATIVE COMMONS photos in Flickr. DO NOT use pictures in flickr.
NEVER use a photo that has ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

6. Can I use Google or Yahoo search tabs on Creative Commons?
Do not search Google Images or Yahoo directly. Most of the pictures you find will be copyrighted and you can not ethically use them.
If you use the GOOGLE and YAHOO tabs in Creative Commons SEARCH, you will get only sites that have “Some Rights Reserved” and are part of the Creative Commons network. These sites may or may not contain pictures. And there is still no guarantee that the site is property using NON COPYRIGHTED photos. These sites could very easily contain questionable materials. If you come across inappropriate materials, CLOSE the window. Use with discretion.