Use images from Flickr – the legal way has literally millions of images – and many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, which means you are free to use the images in your teaching materials so long as you adhere to the license. Most of the time (assuming you don’t want to adapt the image or use it for commercial purposes) this means you simply need to attribute the images correctly.

How to attribute Flickr CC images the easy way

Flickr CC attribution helperThe simplest way to attribute CC licensed images on Flickr is to use the handy little Flickr CC Helper tool by CogDog which generates the attribution for you. With this tool you can attribute images in a few different ways. Click on the image at the top of this post to see one way of doing it – with the CC license information seen on the image itself.

Set up the tool (one time only) by selecting the default image size and the kind of attribution you’d like to generate, then drag the blue button to bookmarks toolbar in your browser.

Now, whenever you are on a web page which has a Flickr CC licensed  image, just click the ‘flickr cc attribution helper’ button in your browser’s bookmarks bar and it will generate the HTML/text/image you need to attribute the image correctly.

How to find Creative Commons images on

If you’re not sure how to find Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr, here’s how:

  1. Type your search term in the box at the top of the website and hit enter.
  2. Above the images returned (on the left) is a dropdown menu – choose ‘All Creative Commons’.
  3. Click on the image you’d like to use – the icon(s) below the image indicate the Creative Commons license (the ‘Some rights reserved’ link will explain the details of the license if you are not sure what the icons mean).

See also Copyright-free images for use in teaching activities.