Flickr: The Creative Commons

With a bit of work it’s possible to gather Google images that are free to use. It’s also possible to do the same with flickr, which often comes up in a Google search. If you are going to use flickr it’s a good idea to sign up for a free account (hint – just use your Yahoo account if you have one).

Advanced Search

I’m using the topic Philippines to find images. Before selecting images go up to the Advanced search link (top right-hand corner, and yes it is sort of hidden).



The Commons

If you are looking for old, turn-of-the-20th-century images, The Commons is a good place to start. Images in The Commons come from museums, libraries, and archives. Usually there is no known copyright holder to worry about, but you should still cite all images you use.

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If you are looking for more modern images:

  • leave the Search in box defaulted to Everyone’s Uploads
  • scroll down to Creative Commons
  • check the Only Search within Creative Commons-licensed content box.

You can now rest assured that the images you find are fee to use.


Do the Right Thing – Cite It!

Citing images can be a challenge but look for all the components and do your best:

  1. User name – use the real name if one is provided
  2. Title
  3. Date (3)
  4. Activate share pop-up box
  5. The paperclip icon provides an easy link to copy
  6. This is the actual link – use the full link as searching for this image would be difficult from the homepage, e.g.,


SToto98. (2010). Philippines – Palawan – El Nido [Photograph]. Retrieved from


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New Books: Common Core

Our latest lot of new books includes some on the Common Core. Both of these texts are from Teacher’s College Press. Click on the image to get the library call number.

You might find them useful in integrating the Common Core State Standards into your classroom- however you may feel about that :).




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Reference Questions: What to Do About Heartbleed?


Worried about the Heartbleed bug? Here are some resources that we’ve found helpful:

  1. The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC for Friday, 4/11, has a segment Change Your Passwords! (Heartbleed Explained)
  2. Heartbleed Test and Last Pass indicate which websites have fixed the security problem.
  3. PC Magazine: Heartbleed Bug: Should  You Panic?
  4. New York Times: Q and A. on Heartbleed: A Flaw Missed by the Masses
  5. New York Times: Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure
  6. The security hole is a reminder to protect your online data. U.S. PIRG offers tips on how to avoid identity theft.
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Google Images: Free to Use

This post is about finding images through Google that are safe to use, share, and sometimes modify.

Finding Images

  1. Type your topic
  2. Select Images
  3. Next go to Options (it looks like a cog)

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From the Options pull-down menu select Advanced search.

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Selecting Usage Rights

You are now on the Advanced Image Search screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and find the usage rights panel. It’s defaulted to not filtered by license. From the pull-down menu select one of the four options where you can use, share, or modify. Once you have made a selection, hit the Advanced Search button.


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After you have selected an image visit the page to look for any restrictions. Quite often creators want an acknowledgement and that’s all.

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Look for statements that say an image can be used, shared, or modified. Sometimes there might be language on the site that says all photographs can be used for educational purposes. Remember all Federal and State Government websites are copyright free.

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Here is the pattern for citing a work of art (painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other medium).

Artist, A. A. (copyright year). Title of work [Medium: Painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, etc.]. Retrieved from http:// xxxxx

NB. Images from well known software programs, e.g., Microsoft Word or PowerPoint do not need reference list entries or citations. Describe in the text where the images came from.  These programs are so well-known that citations and reference list entries are not necessary.

American Psychological Association (2012-05-25). APA Style Guide to Electronic References, Sixth Edition (Kindle Locations 769-774). American Psychological Association. Kindle Edition.

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Ward, J. (1993). R L Transport Corp Hino NYA-759 in J Abad Santos near Solis Street, Tondo, Manila, Philippines [Photograph]. Retrieved from

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Listen to PDF Database Articles

You may have to do a little bit more work to listen to a database article in PDF format, but it’s relatively easy, and a good skill to master as nearly all full-text articles in databases (EBSCOHost and ProQuest) come as PDFs.

In the example below we’re using Adobe Acrobat Pro which is standard on all desktops at Bank Street. We’ve already opened up the PDF and we’ve activated Read Out Loud by going to:

  • View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud (keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y).

Sceenshot of Adobe Acrobat Pro Settings window

If you need to adjust Read Out Loud – here’s how to do it (see the image above)

  1. Go to Edit
  2. Select Preferences
  3. Select Reading. Here you have options to adjust volume, pitch and words per minute (speed).
  4. Once you are done don’t forget to press OK.

Now, go back to View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud (keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y) and enjoy listening to your PDF. A better option maybe to memorize these keystrokes:

  • Activate and deactivate Read Out Loud: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y
  • Read to this page only: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + V
  • Read to the end of the document: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + B
  • Pause: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + C
  • Stop: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + E
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Wonder Woman Reimagined for Children

Wonder Woman

It’s been ten years since the publication of our graduate school faculty member Nina Jaffe’s reimagining of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. This HarperCollins Festival Readers series, wonderfully illustrated by Ben Caldwell, introduces the superheroine to younger readers.

To mark this anniversary, we are displaying the highly-praised series of books in the library. We also have ancillary material to provide a deeper context for the import of this interpretation in popular culture and children’s literature.Wonder Woman2

The display includes:


  • Chris Roberson’s blog post, “A Wonder Woman to Believe In”
  • Street Scenes article on Bank Street values in Nina’s reshaping of the icon
  • “Girl, You’re a Wonder Woman Now,” an address by Dr. Joseph Campbell for the Children’s Literature Association

Stop by the reference area to take a look at the books!

For more storytelling resources see our research guide, and for more graphic novels to use in your classroom browse J 741.5 or see here!

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Reference Questions: CBC’s Outstanding Books of 2013?

Q: Where can I pick up a copy of the Children’s Book Committee: Outstanding Books of 2013?

A: We have printed copies at the circulation desk. You can also download the full list of last year’s best books (published in 2012) from the Center for Children’s Literature Blog and the Children’s Book Committee website. Please check back for soon for 2013 updates.

CBC Outstanding Books 2013

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