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Below is the complete resource list for information related to digital scholarship, copyright, public domain, fair use, and digital media archives.
Learn About Copyright and Public Domain
The following list of resources provides information regarding copyright, fair use, and public domain laws. Please keep in mind that laws change quickly and that "legal information is not legal advice."
This is the official website for the United States Copyright Office. The site provides a wide variety of information related to copyright laws, access to online systems to research copyright records, registering a copyright, and resources for instructors and students to better understand fair use in education.
This comprehensive copyright and public domain resources is written using everyday language. The resource provides a variety of information on when a creation enters the public domain. The resource includes a public domain calculator/diagram and copyright information regarding books, maps, photos, sheet music, and soundrecordings.
This resource, by Center for Media and Social Impact, provides a copyright and fair use "code of best practices" for media artists, film makers, students, and instructors who are interested in making online videos.
This is a comprehensive resource to help visual artists understand copyright and fair use laws. Topics include information regarding making art, using online museum resources, and teaching art and history.
This resource provides a detailed explanation of fair use and best practices within an academic research library.
Free public domain, stock photography, or royalty-free media collections
The following is a list of resources that provide free access to creative commons, public domain, and royalty-free photos, videos, or audio that can be used in digital projects. (Free music archives are listed below) However, when using this material please cite the source.
This is the Library of Congress collection of photographs created by government photographers working for the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information from 1935 to 1945. This collection includes material from Glassboro, Bridgeton, Seabrook, and other Southern New Jersey communities.
This is a comprehensive resource that includes US government related photos, documents, audio and video recordings. This collection includes documents and recordings related to Glassboro, NJ, including the Glassboro Summit and President Ronald Reagan's visit to Glassboro High School.
Open Photo provides free access to a large collection of photos from around the world, including architecture, animals, nature, people, places, landscapes, waterscapes, plants, etc. The site utilizes a share-alike license.
This extensive collection of public domain material holds more than 500,000 still photographs, slides, glass plate slides, negatives, and sketches dating from the 1870s and taken by USGS scientists as part of their field studies. The collection includes landscapes, towns, people, artifacts, earthquakes, glaciers, railroads, etc.
This community-based free photo archive was developed for creative professionals, students, and teachers to use in their work. The phrase "morgue file" is a collection of old files and notes made by criminal investigators and newspaper reporters.
The Pexels is a free photo archive that can be used for a wide range of creative projects. The collection includes animals, people, scenery, plants, buildings, etc.
Audio and Music Archives
This list provides access to the most popular online audio and music archives that offer free audio clips, sound files, or music. These websites might require you to create an account. Students and instructors can use these websites to locate media for their digital projects, course assignments, or blended and online learning.
Freesound offers a large collection audio clips, snippets, samples, and recordings that can be used within digital projects. The collection includes free sound files from animals, music, nature, traffic, and more.
Another great resource for free audio files that can be used in student projects. The website offers over 60,000 clips.
Font and Typeface Collections
The following is a list of font and typeface collections that can be used to build digital projects - website, print design, multimedia design, film and video - course assignments, or with online or blended learning. The files can be downloaded and then installed on your personal computer or mobile device.
This resources offers a large and diverse collection of free fonts that can be used for commercial project, personal digital projects, course assignments, or digital scholarship projects. The site offers a font identifying tool that can help you match your font.
Google fonts can be used for website design, print design, motion graphics, and video projects. The fonts can also be embedded into an online website developing environment such as WordPress, Joomla, Tumblr, Squarespace, and Wix. Google Fonts include several categories including serif, san-serif, handwriting, and display typefaces.