Multimodal and Alternative Assignments Resources: Finding & Citing Images, Videos, and Sound


You must use media that is either of your own creation or that is available for you to use without getting the copyright holder's permission.

The Creative Commons

 Search the Creative Commons

The Creative Commons search tool allows you to search for images, music, video, and other media that have been given a "Creative Commons" license. Depending on the license, you can use the results for commercial or noncommercial projects or modify or adapt the image.

The Noun Project

The Noun Project is a place to find free icons. After creating a free account, you can use almost all icons for no cost, but you must give credit to the creator on the image.  You can also purchase royalty free icons for $1.99. 

This is a very good place to find minimalistic, but high-impact, images.

Other Sites for Free Images

While the Creative Commons is a great place to go for items with a reuse license, here are some sites with images in the public domain:




You still have to cite items you find in the Creative Commons.  In fact, one condition of all CC licenses is attribution.  For citing items from the Creative Commons, refer to their "Best Practices for Attribution" page.


This work, "90fied", is a derivative of "Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol, used under CC BY. "90fied" is licensed under CC BY by [Your name here].



You can find more information on UAB's MLA Style guide.

 MLA 8th Edition


sound/music files


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