Resources for Finding Material You Can Use on the Internet

Creative Commons:

The Creative Commons is a non-profit corporation that provides free licenses for individuals who want to license their work in a way that allows for the work to be shared, remixed and/or used commercially.

The Creative Commons Search allows you to search for images, media etc that has been licensed through the Creative Commons.

Books and Articles:

Google Books

Search “Full View”

Project Gutenberg

The world’s largest online collection of copyright-free e-books online.

The Internet Archive

A digital library with universal access offering texts, audio, video and other multimedia content.

The Open Library

An Internet Archive project providing free e-books.

HathiTrust Digital Library

A digital library providing access to both public domain material and copyright content from a variety of sources.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open access journals from around the world. Journals have either been peer-reviewed or submitted through an editorial board prior to posting.


Browse open access peer-reviewed teaching and learning materials.

Discipline- Specific Material


An academic search engine for open access e-journals in the Arts and Humanities.

National Science Digital Library

Library of online educational resources with an emphasis on the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Most content is open access and can be used without cost or copyright restriction.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)

Freely available online materials for health science education.

Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Browse open-access journals in science and medicine.

Open Culture

Free online cultural and educational media including courses, audio books, language lessons and movies.


Wikipedia: Public Domain Images

A list of sources for public domain images on the Internet.

Flickr Advanced Search for Images

Before searching Flickr, scroll down and select “only search within creative commons licensed content”.

“The Commons” on Flickr

Public photography archives with “no known copyright restrictions” on images.

Open Clip Art Library

Clipart on the site is in the public domain and can be used and shared with no copyright restrictions.

Copyright Friendly Images and Sounds

Images and sounds to use in media projects with generous copyright licensing.

Other Media (Music/Video)

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

Browse a virtual library of music scores in the public domain.


A collection of public domain sheet music, recordings and textbooks.

Royalty Free Music and Images

A list of websites that provide royalty free music, images and sound clips to use in media projects.

The Best Places to Get Royalty-Free Music and Sounds

Provides a list of websites that have royalty free music and sounds effects for use in media projects or PowerPoint presentations.

26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog.

A list of websites that provide users with online multimedia content.


Users can browse videos on Vimeo that have creative commons licenses.

Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Footage

Creative Commons licensed documentary footage from Al Jazeera.

TED Talks

Browse videos from annual TED Talks conferences. Videos are under a creative commons license so they can be freely shared and reposted.

Critical Commons

Public media archive that supports using media for analysis and critique.

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