September 14, 2014
Wikimedia Commons is a great platform where you can have access to over 20 million freely usable media files. Students can use these resources to search for images, sounds and clips to re-use in their multimedia projects in class. While most of the content in Wikimedia Commons is in public domain or under open content licenses, students should nonetheless verify the copyright status of each image just as they would do when obtaining images from other sources.
There are two ways to search for content on Wkimedia Commons: either through the use of the search box located in the top right hand side or through the links in the right column.You can browse through the different categories to narrow down your search query. Also, you can search for content by location, type, author, license or by source.
Another good feature on Wikimedia Commons is called Featured pictures. These are images that the community has chosen to be highlighted as some of the finest on Commons. This page is a gallery of the various pictures – photographs, computerised graphics, animated media, etc. There are currently 6,509 of such images in the Commons repository . You can find all featured pictures in a category called Featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons.