Thursday, October 17, 2013

Where to Go for Free/Copyright Free Images—and Other Helpful Sites for Writers

One of the questions I get asked most often is where to find images that can be used on a blog without copyright infringement. Today I'm sharing where to go for Free/Copyright Free Images.

Sites for Free/Copyright Free Images:

The site I recommend/use the most is Microsoft Clip Art. But they have recently made some changes in how you can access the images. Below is the link and step by step instructions on how to access the images.

http://www.bing.com/images?FORM=Z9LH
- this is the current way to find Microsoft Clip Art images online. Microsoft has now teamed up with the search engine, BING. Here are the steps to make sure the image you use is FREE/COPYRIGHT FREE

1. Type what you're searching for into the search box. I used the word, BABY. Below is what you'll see pop up:


2. You want to hover your curser over the word LICENSE and then click FREE TO SHARE AND USE COMMERCIALLY. I've used pink arrows in the screenshot below to show you where to find what I'm referring to:


3. After you click that option, the images available will change slightly. See the screenshot below:


Another site for Images:
I've also begun referring blogger to the site: Morguefile

Other Helpful Sites for Writers:
Do you need to see when and where a word originated? Here's the site for you:
http://www.etymonline.com

Got a grammar question? The Grammar Girl has you covered here:
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Here's the link to an online Dictionary:
http://dictionary.reference.com

Here's the link to an online Thesaurus:
http://thesaurus.com

Now it's your turn. Please share some of the helpful sites you visit online!

Don't forget to join the conversation - 
Blessings,
Edie

16 comments:

  1. Thanks, Edie. You are an endless source of info and I appreciate how you share it with the rest of us.

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    1. Marcia, I'm just glad to help. I really don't like re-inventing the wheel and I'm sure no one else does either. Thanks so much for the encouragement and support, Blessings, E

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  2. Thanks! I haven't heard of the bing site. It's great! I have taken your advice and started taking my own pics also :)

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    1. Jennifer, it's a brand new access point to these images. One day I got to them the regular day and the next day this popped up. Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

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  3. Edie, this post is a blessing to us beginners! Thanks!

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    1. Gayle, I'm always glad to hear these posts are helpful. Thanks for dropping in, Blessings, E

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  4. Thanks Edie. I've got this one bookmarked now. It's great to know of another site to go to for blog posts.

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  5. Thanks, Edie, I've been looking for a one-stop site for free images. I also use etymonline.com quite often. It was great when I was writing a historical!

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  6. Thanks, Edie! This is helpful!

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  7. Thanks for the tip on the Bing site!

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  8. Most people probably already know this, but Behind the Name (http://www.behindthename.com/) is a good place to get names by gender, origins, random names, etc.

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  9. Thanks, Edie! We certainly had this question asked at our ebook workshop last Saturday. I appreciate your giving us this good information in your blog. I am going to tweet this blog since I just noticed your button under your signature. I need to know how to get these share buttons at the bottom of my blogs! Next class...? Blessings, Elva Martin

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  10. Thanks, Edie, I was surprised by this myself recently. I've found some wonderful photos at www.freedigitalphotos.net . Be sure to read the rules on this one. You must provide attribution for every photo you use.

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  11. Bookmarking everything. Thanks so much, Edie!

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