Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014
- Creative Commons
Creative Commons helps content creators to place their content under less restrictive copyright licenses. Licenses range from declaring your work to be in the public domain through attribution licenses to no commercial use licenses.
- Google Scholar
This specialized form of Google search limits hits to scholarly and government sites. Be aware that each item still needs to be evaluated for reliability and copyright status.
- United States Copyright Office
Regulations, rulings, and publications from the Library of Congress' Copyright Office.
In addition to the links below you can limit Google Image Search results by license.
- Flickr - Creative Commons Images
Millions of photos are available to use under varying creative commons licenses (Limit your search to the type of license you desire.
- Internet Archive Book Images
Contains over 14 million public domain images extracted from the Archive's collection of public domain books.
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
"The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship."
- LOC - Geography and Map Reading Room
The Library of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room provides access to a wide selection of public domain maps held by the Library of Congress.
- NASA Still Images
Free space related images for use in your projects.
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Huge collection of maps (nearly 50,000 available digitally) hosted at the Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service - National Digital Library
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video, most of which are in the public domain."
- Films on Demand
This resource provides access to thousands of documentary films across a broad range of disciplines.
- iTunes Podcasts and Videocasts
Audio and video podcasts on a variety of topics including another way to access TED Talks and content from NPR. Noted podcasts include the Tolkien Professor Podcast by Dr. Corey Olson and the Philosophy Bites Podcast where Professors David Edmunds and Nigel Warburton engage noted philosophers in short discussions on important topics.
- iTunes U
You need to set up a free iTunes account to access the wealth of material available via iTunes U. Full courses from top universities are available here.
- Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is at its heart a collection of hundreds of short videos explaining discrete skills or bits of knowledge across many academic disciplines. In mathematics it is much more as it includes a series of linked practice assignments that when used in conjunction with the associated videos will allow you to go from addition through calculus and beyond in a highly structured manner.
- Nursing Digital Library
Includes over 120 streaming nursing videos.
- TED Talks
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks cover a wide range of subjects by renowned experts in various fields.
- Vanderbilt University Television News Archive
Contains a searchable index of all network news broadcasts back to August 5, 1968. Researchers may borrow DVDs of full broadcasts for a small fee.
YouTube is not just for videos of cats! Quality resources on YouTube include TEDTalks; lectures from major universities such as the University of California, Carnegie Mellon University, and Stanford University; and short video clips from the Khan Academy. You can also find numerous lectures, interviews, and presentations by scholars in many fields.
- NASA Videos
Free space videos from NASA to remix or use in your classes.
- Science 360 Video
This large library of science videos is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the videos may be embedded in your webpages or courses.
- American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress
Vast site containing images, texts, videos, maps, sheet music and more collected by the Library of Congress. The collections are especially strong in US history and politics but there are many resources for other disciplines such as art, sociology, etc.
- Google Books
Google Books provides researchers with a searchable database of millions of books scanned from some of the premier libraries in the country and the world. Out of copyright works are often available for PDF download in their entirety and many current books allow a snippet view.
Numerous magazines and journals are also available. from old issues of Popular Science or Jet to resources for researchers like the American Federationist.
- Internet Archive - eBooks and Texts
"The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read and borrow fascinating contemporary materials at OpenLibrary.org."
- Online Books Page - U Penn
Curated list of books and serial titles that are available for access on the Internet. Titles on the page are all legally available and are selected by librarians for inclusion.
- Open Culture
Open Culture is a blog ran by Dan Colman of Stanford University. The purpose of the site is to provide links to little known free, educational content on the web. The site's "Essentials" lists like "Smart YouTube Channels" and "Great Science Videos" are fantastic.
- Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg provides access to tens of thousands of free, out of copyright (pre-1923) e-books. Project Gutenberg books are available in a number of formats including plain text and can be used to provide primary sources in literature and history classes.
- Pulp Magazine Project
"The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine."
- 19th-Century California Sheet Music
Contains over 2,500 pieces of sheet music published in California in the 19th Century. Page images available to download.
- Choral Public Domain Library
This major repository contains nearly 20,000 works by over 2,500 composers available to freely use.
- Free Music Archive
"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America."
- Internet Archive - Live Music Archive
"Welcome to Internet Archive's Live Music library. etree.org is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly non-commercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists' commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community."