CC/Public Domain Resources

Public Domain

9-10 ELA Public Domain Clustered Texts

Public Domain Class of 2012
Public Domain Class of 2013

Project Gutenberg
Public Domain texts in a number of formats

Historical Stock Photos – Searchable database of historical images; also sorted by category.

NYS Library Digital Collection
Historical documents and photos related to New York State history

National Archives

Library of Congress
The LOC has a wealth of copyright-free images, transcripts, multimedia, and primary source documents. Click below for subject-specific collections:
American History
Arts and Culture
Government, Law and Politics
Maps and Geography
News, Journalism, and Advertising
Religion and Philosophy
Science, Technology, and Business
Sports, Recreation, and Leisure
World History and Cultures

You can also search the LOC by Common Core standard

Selected Public Domain Poems

Creative Commons

PhotoPin – Search engine for Flickr Creative Commons Images

Flickr Creative Commons Page – Browse images by license

Google Advanced Image Search – can filter by usage rights, limit search to Creative Commons Images
A comprehensive search of all Creative Commons resources on the web, including YouTube, Google, and Flickr.

Creative Commons Images from CERN
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, has recently opened up their collection of images and multimedia under a Creative Commons Share Alike License

Sources that Have Granted Permission has granted permission for us to use articles from their site.
Read their Terms of Use here:

EBSCO and ProQuest allow for articles to be used from their databases under Fair Use guidelines, provided the use involves a direct link to the article (resulting in a “hit”).

The Kheel Center at Cornell, which has excellent primary source online exhibits, have granted permission for use in the past provided the source is attributed with the specific collection link and “Kheel Center, Cornell University”

Digital Exhibits include:
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union
Child Labor

Email for permission requests:

The Atlantic
The editor has been agreeable to article use in the past; to email requests for permission to use specific articles, contact:

Fair Use

In many cases, a simple check of a website’s Terms and Conditions or Copyright notices (generally linked in the footer of the page) will outline if the site grants education use of their content.

Some sites that provide for educational use:
Pew Research Center
“In furtherance of its mission to further the public debate on important issues, the Content may be accessed, printed, displayed, downloaded and distributed for personal, educational, news reporting, or other policy purposes, provided that all copies display all copyright and other applicable notices to the extent such notices are contained in such Content and provided further that you do not use the Content in any manner that implies, suggests, or could otherwise be perceived as attributing a particular policy or lobbying objective or opinion to Pew Research. You must also provide proper attribution to the Pew Research Center in connection with your use of any Content. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.”

PBS Learning Media

“Content on the Site is made available to Site users under four levels of non-commercial, educational permitted uses as described in Section 3 (A) – (D). You may only copy, download, share, and/or modify the Content on the Site as designated. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.” Read the full license


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