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WR246, WR248, WR 250: Book Publishing

This Subject Guide supports students in CCC's publishing-related courses.

Useful websites

Recommendations from Matt Warren, English faculty specializing in book and literary magazine publishing.


Article databases

Royalty-free image websites

Royalty-free, public domain, Creative Commons - they're not the same, but what are the differences? And can you legally use these images when you publish something?

  • Royalty-free: Each website has a different content usage license; be sure to use the images according to the license.
  • Public domain: These images have no copyright restrictions. Use, adapt, and share with no restrictions.
  • Creative Commons: Images are free to use within the stated restrictions (e.g., non-commercial, attribution required).

Find Creative Commons images

An image posted on the Internet is free to use, no citation or attribution needed, right? Not so fast! Images are copyrighted works, and to be an ethical information consumer you need to cite your information (image) source. Depending on the purpose of your use of the image, you may also need to secure permission before using the image. (If you're creating an OER, for example.) To avoid the messy world of online images and copyright, consider using an image with a Creative Commons license. 

Digital Assets for OER Projects

Select the image above (Source: Comosa Connect) to access an interactive graphic that provides you with a wealth of links to Creative Commons-friendly sources. Additional sources that curate Creative Commons images include:

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