How To Easily Find Creative Commons Content Using Google & YouTube

Looking for content that you can use for your next project can be frustrating most times especially if you don’t know how to find one. We all know that Creative Commons provides us with License that allows us to use contents free of charge as long as we abide by the licence type. The problem now might be how to find a Creative Commons content. In this simple guide, I will show you how to find Creative Commons content using almighty Google and the second in command which is YouTube.

Before we go into how to find CC content, I will assume that you know about CC License and how to use it. It is said that when a value of something is not known, abuse is inevitable. I suggest you know and understand everything about Creative Commons License and how to use it to avoid getting yourself into problem in the future. If you don’t fully know how to use CC License then I suggest you go to CC License Complete Guide, but if you know everything about CC and how to use it, then let’s let me quickly show you how to find CC contents.

How To Find Creative Commons Content

Remember I said we are going to see how to find Creative Commons content using Google but I lied just like Professor lied to his gang in Money Heist a.k.a Lacasa De Papel. If you don’t know about the movie then let me give you a little snippet. Professor told his gang that during their robbery, they will not be stealing anything belonging to others. He later told them that he lied because they will be stealing the Police’s time. So I lied when I told you that we are going to see how to find CC material using Google and YouTube. We are actually going to look into the three ways I feel are the best to find CC contents.
The three ways are:

  1. Creative Commons Search engine
  2. Google search Engine
  3. YouTube Search Engine

Let’s start with CC search engine.

How To Find Creative Commons Content On CC Search Engine

  • Go to Creative Commons Search Engine
  • Search For Anything
  • Click on the filter optionClick on the filter option
  • Select the conditions the material you are looking for will have
  • When you find the material, click on it
  • It will take you to the page that shows the type of License and how to use it
  • Read the types of License it has and how to use it
  • If you don’t know about the CC License types, click here
  • If you are satisfied with the licence, then download and use the content.
    That’s it…

More Tips To Find Content On CC Search Engine (Syntax Guide)

When you search, you can enter special symbols or words to your search term to make your search results more precise.


Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, “Dark Cloud”.


If you want to combine terms, you can use the following operators to perform more complex queries

  • + signifies AND operation
  • | signifies OR operation
  • - negates a single token
  • * at the end of a term signifies a prefix query
  • ( and ) signify precedence
  • ~N after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness)

Example: cat+rat
This will search for images related to both dog and cat.

Example: cat|rat
This will search for images related to dog or cat, but not necessarily both.

You can use the – operator (signifies NOT) to exclude a search term from the results.

Example: dog -pug
This will search for images related to dog but won’t include results related to “pug”

You can use the * operator (wildcard) to mark a prefix term. This will match anything after the *.

Example: net*
This will search for images matching anything with “net”. This might include “network”, “Netflix”, “Netherlands”, etc..

You can use parentheses ( and ) to specify precedence of terms or combine more complex queries.

Example: dogs + (corgis | labrador)
This will search for images that match dogs that are either corgis or labrador.

You can use ~N to specify some fuzzy logic to the term according to the Levenshtein Edit Distance — the number of one character changes that need to be made to one string to make it the same as another string.


How To Find Creative Commons Content On Google Search Engine

1st Step . Go to Google Advanced Search

You can
access it directly by typing
into the address bar on your web browser or clicking on the link.

You can also go to Google homepage
( and  go settings on the bottom left corner then click on the ‘Advanced Search’link on the right hand side of the search
query field. This will bring you to the
Google Advanced Search page

click on advanced search

2nd Step . Filter results for the type of License

To do this scroll down to the advanced option labeled ‘Usage rights’ that has a drop down.
Choose the type of License you want.

scroll down to filter


Final Step. Search for the keywords

Now enter your keyword in the field at the top of the page and click ‘Advanced Search’ to
start your search.

Alternatively, you can use this Second method :

Go to
Search for a Keyword eg. Engine

Your default url will look like this:

Edit the the url and add this: &as_rights=(cc_publicdomain|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived

Your new url will look like this:|cc_attribute|cc_sharealike|cc_noncommercial|cc_nonderived

To me, I prefer first method over the second method but the choice is yours to choose.


How To Find Creative Commons Content On YouTube

Of course you should use this option if you are looking for video content.

  • Go To
  • Search for a keyword
  • Click on the filter option
  • Scroll down to Creative Commons and select itLocate Creative Commons Videos on Youtube
  • Done!

There are other places you can find Creative Commons content but these three are the major ones. If you want to know more of places you can find Creative Commons content, check out Top places to find Creative Commons content on the internet.

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