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Find Images & Media: Videos

Lists great resources for finding images, sound clips, videos, and more. Also includes information on how to use these ethically and legally.


Photos of people with video cameras, interviewing, and editing videos.

Stated Licenses (Creative Commons & Public Domain)

There is a Creative Commons filter option that will limit your search results to videos with stated licenses. Check out the other helpful filter options as well (date, length, etc).

YouTube search filters, with the Creative Commons option highlighted

To see the license for a YouTube Video, click on the Show More option on the About tab. The section will expand the the license should be located near the bottom. If it is a Creative Commons license, it will be a hyperlink that you can click for more information.

Show More button expands info and shows license.

Vimeo search filters

There is an option to limit search results to only show items with Creative Commons licenses. On the main search results page, look for the Advanced Filters option on the right. This expands into a menu of filter options, including date uploaded and length. At the bottom of this menu, you will see a drop-down option for license. You must select a particular Creative Commons license; it will not search all CC videos at once.

Vimeo videos show license information directly under the video, next to the title and creator name. You can click on the icons to see the full license from the Creative Commons website.

Vimeo license information is by creator and upload info






Your attribution should follow this format, which adheres to Creative Commons best practices.

Title of video file [linked to original hosting site] by Author [linked to profile page] under License [linked to license deed].


Your attribution should follow this format:

Title of work [linked to original hosting site] by AuthorDate (if known, or n.d. if not known). Public Domain.


Creator LastName, FirstName. "Title of Video." Name of Site. Version number. Name of publisher, Date posted. Web. Date of access.

  • If a full name is not available for the creator, use the screen name provided. 
  • If a version number or date posted is not provided, skip that part of the citation.
  • If you wish to highlight the work of a director or performer, place their name after the title of the video with an abbreviated title (Dir. or Perf.)


Davies-Carr, Howard. "Charlie bit my finger - again!" 2007. Web. 3 August 2014.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Jimmy and Kevin Hart ride a roller coaster." 2014. Web. 25 July 2014.


For citing online videos, see section 5.6.2.d of the seventh edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers


Creator, A. A. [Screen name].  (Date of Upload). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://website.url

  • If the author's full name is available, list the last name followed by initials. If only a screen name is available, omit the name and list this first without brackets.
  • Provide the exact date of the posting.


Davies-Carr, Howard. [HDCYT].  (2007, May 22). Charlie bit my finger - again! [Video file]. Retrieved from

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (2014, June 17). Jimmy and Kevin Hart ride a roller coaster [Video file]. Retrieved from

JasonHawkes. (2013, June 13). New York aerial footage [Video file]. Retreived from


View the Reference Examples section 7.11 of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information.




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We used some content from the "Public Domain Resources" and "Creative Commons Resources" documents created by Indiana State University and licensed as CC BY-NC-SA. 


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