How to Google Search for Free to Use Material

Just because it’s online does not mean that it is free to reuse.  It may be copyright.  Here’s how to search for material that you can reuse…attributing the source, of course!

  • Using Internet Explorer, go to Google and start your search
  • Once the research results are on the screen, go to the cog icon, drop down the arrow beside it and choose Advanced Search

  • At the advanced search screen, scroll down to Usage Rights, drop down the arrow beside the box and choose Free to Use or Share.

Copyright and New Technologies

I attended an Australian Copyright Council workshop on New Technologies for Education, focusing on learning management systems (iLearn for us) and copyright.  There were some surprises…and not always good!  The following rules are for material on secure, password protected learning management systems:

  • We can copy and upload 10% or 1 chapter of a publication into iLearn,  but this applies across all courses in iLearn.  Two people cannot upload two separate chapters of the same book for separate courses at the same time!  How would you know if you were duplicating?
  • Linking or embedding is the safest way to provide publications access, but the link must point to a site which has used the material legally
  • You can upload and use images from any source into iLearn,  but you must attribute the source
  • Where possible, use Creative Commons images and music, attributing the source
  • You can print out multiple copies of a digital image,  but you cannot print out an image and photocopy it multiple times without infringing copyright
  • Providing material to students participating in online courses from overseas is a concern.  Their access to material may be governed by different copyright rules

There was much more, and many of these points are covered in information sheets provided at