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SELECTED SOURCES OF ELECTRONIC PUBLIC DOMAIN MATERIAL
There are many sources online for public-domain e-books and shorter works, both fiction and non-fiction. Providing a link to publicly available material is not a violation of copyright law, so if you are preparing a web site, link away!
Reference, verse, fiction, nonfiction.
Free music samples; you can mix, mash-up, and share these items under a Creative Commons license.
Find items in many categories available under Creative Commons licenses: audio, images, video, text, and educational materials like lesson plans and textbooks.
Dover publishes many books full of permission-free illustrations. You can also sign up for a weekly email of permission-free clip art.
Free sound samples (not music – think sound effects) available under Creative Commons licenses.
Open Clip Art
Tons of stuff you can use for free.
Perseus Digital Library
Primarily classical and English renaissance texts, but also some American and other history.
Over 6000 free e-texts.
The Government Documents collection at University of Oklahoma Libraries
Federal “gov docs” are copyright-free! Many state and international documents are as well.
The Online Book Page
University of Pennsylvania’s listing of over 25,000 free books on the web, English-language only.