Well, we are no strangers to taking shortcuts, and are proudly presenting someone else’s handy work here, for you may find it hugely helpful.
This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As some of your current courses are moving into a project work phase, encourage your students to use other people’s digital property responsibly.*
Despite the disclaimer below, this will assist in narrowing down images that may be copyright-free.
Image by Karen Kleis (hollykl on Flickr)
*No service mentioned here guarantees that the image is free to use. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn’t been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.