Finding Copyright-Safe Materials at GPRC Library
GPRC Library Reference Help can help you find licensed or copyright-free documents and publications in digital form in the Library’s ebook collection, article databases, and other online sources.
GPRC Library’s Digital Production Technician can help faculty and students locate copyright-free and public domain online media (images, sound, video, etc.).
GPRC Library’s Media Lab has royalty-free music, sound and image files available. These materials may be borrowed on CD or used on Media Lab computers.
Finding Public Domain and Other Copyright-Safe Materials on the Internet
Be sure you understand the copyright or license terms which are in effect on the contents of any website you are accessing.
Attribution of another party’s works copied in your own work (in whole or in part) is required by GPRC’s policies regarding Academic Standards, Copyright and Plagiarism.
These websites link to various types of royalty-free material which can be accessed without charge but may not be fully Open Access or in the Public domain.
Google Books Advanced Search - set Search: to “Full View Only”
Google Images Advanced Search - set usage rights to one of the “free to use. . .” options
Public Domain Images Wiki
Public Domain Resources Wiki
Public Domain Respositories
Works in the Public Domain have no legal owner. Public Domain works are free of charge and may be used without any restrictions whatsoever
Feedbooks - eBooks
Project Gutenberg - eBooks
PDinfo.com - Songs & Sheet Music
Public Domain 4U.com - MP3 Downloads
PublicDomainFlicks.com - Movies
Public-Domain-Image.com - Images
PublicDomainPictures.net - Images
Open Access Repositories
Open Access works are typically free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access licenses vary in what users are permitted to do with copies of works. The user is responsible for knowing and obeying the terms of an Open Access license.
Creative Commons.org - Documents, audio, video, images
Creative Commons Canada - Documents, audio, video, images
Creative Commons Audio - Music
Directory of Open Access Journals - Articles
Flat World Knowledge - Textbooks
Google Art Project - Images
MIT Open Courseware - Course Materials
Open Educational Resources - Course Materials
Public Library of Science - Open Access Journals
PubMed - Medical
OpenDOAR - Directory of Open Access Repositories - Index of O.A. Repositories
ROAR - Registry of Open Access Repositories - Index of O.A. Repositories