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Public Domain and Other Resources


These websites provide various images, music and video files . Some works may have fees associated with their use, but several are free and many are in the public domain (i.e., free of copyright restrictions). For those works not in the public domain, please note the attribution requirements and/or terms of use described on each site.


Search by Creative Commons:

Choose a tab (Google, Flickr, etc.) , enter your search term(s), then press Go. Most Creative Commons content may be used free-of-charge for non-commercial purposes if you provide attribution in the manner specified by the creator (click the “Some rights reserved” link for terms associated with a particular work).

Wikimedia Commons:

Content may generally be copied, used, and modified as long as the source and author is attributed and the user agrees to share-alike any new content generated by the use. Note that other restrictions, such as privacy rights, may apply.

ARTstor database (accessed via Cook Library Online Databases A-Z list):

Contains copyrighted images licensed for non-commercial scholarly use by Cook Library patrons. Images may be shared with other TU authorized users and displayed in scholarly presentations. Note: Off-campus users will need to enter your TU OneCard number to access this database.

The Library of Congress: American Memory:

Digitized historical documents, photos, sound recordings, films, maps, and other sources from the Library of Congress’ holdings.

Project Gutenberg
Digitized copies of books whose copyright has expired or that have otherwise passed into the public domain.

Hassle-Free Clip Art:
These images are royalty-free and may be incorporated in presentations. Select an image, right-click it and Save it to your computer for use. Note: Images may NOT be displayed at a resolution greater than 72 dpi.
Gimp-Savvy Photo Archive:
An online archive of photos from three federal agencies: NASA, NOAA, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Public Domain Music:
Provides links to public domain musical compositions and royalty-free sound recordings.
Annenberg Media Learning
Provides links to Annenberg Media’s multimedia resources.





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