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Communication and Media
Communication & Mass Media Complete Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Enables research in areas related to communication and mass media, incorporating the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Internet Archive - This archive of old websites preserves parts of the web as well as digital media.

Definition of Visual Literacy - A resource that defines visual literacy and helps you understand its basic components from Duke University.
Copyright-friendly images & media
AnimalPhotos.info Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Thousands of free to use animals photos divided up in to easy to browse categories.

compfight Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. We make good use of the flickr™ API, but aren't affiliated with flickr. After searching, on the results page, on the left-hand side under "Any license", select "creative commons" to narrow the results down to images that will be free to use.

Flickr: The Commons Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Images added to Flickr by reputable institutions. Under "The Commons," cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photograph under their new usage guideline called "no known copyright restrictions."

Flickr: Creative Commons Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

morgueFile Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
This sites provides the public and creative community with free raw photo materials.

PD photo Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use.

Library of Congress flickr project Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Over 5,000 images from the Library of Congress collections.

U.S. Government Photos and Graphics Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Most of these images and graphics are available for use in the public domain, and they may be used and reproduced without permission or fee.

Wikimedia Unrestricted Access Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
a database of over 2 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute

StoryMedia - Find copyright-friendly media for your project

Getty Search Gateway - Images from Getty's extensive collection that free to download and reuse!

MorphBank
- A database of biological imaging

Images
American Memory Project Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
These still and moving images, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

AP Images Restricted Access Resource contains images
Coverage: 1840-present. The photo archive for the Associated Press has over 500, 000 images dating from 1844 to the present and covering a wide range of events and locations.

ARTstor Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data, with unique tools to actively use those images for teaching, learning and research.

Human Ecology Historical Photographs Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
The records of the New York State College of Home Economics at Cornell University document the history of the College, and its activities, events, and personalities. This Web site provides a database of selected images and information from the records of the College of Home Economics.

Media History Digital Library
The Media History Digital Library contains scans of media periodicals and fan magazines from 1904 to 1963.

New York Public Library Digital Library Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Ohio State University Cartoon Image Database Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
The Cartoon Library and Museum`s digital image database contains scanned images from their collection. The collection documents American printed cartoon art, including editorial cartoons and comic strips. Some images are scanned from the original art while others are scanned from newspaper tear sheets or other printed sources.

Turn of the Century Posters
Over 1,000 American and European posters printed from 1893 through the first years of the 20th-century. The collection represents the inception and heyday of magazine, book, and newspaper posters of the last decade of the 19th-century, and well into the 20th-century.

World Bank Photo Collection Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
The World Bank has a distinctive collection of over 12,000 images that illustrate development through topics such as Agriculture, Education, Environment, Health, Trade and more.

Western Silent Films Lobby Card Collection Unrestricted Access
The Western Silent Films Lobby Cards Collection consists of 106 printed items used to promote silent and western films; most of the materials in the collection date between 1910 and 1930. These lobby cards and publicity fliers include both photographic and artistic renderings of scenes and characters from the films being publicized, and often prominently display the names of actors and film studios. Lobby cards were introduced in the 1910s to complement movie posters and were designed for display in the lobbies or foyers of movie theaters. These eponymous artifacts were intended to lure pedestrians into the theater by advertising dramatic, key scenes from the movie or highlighting popular actors.


Artsyan online platform for discovering, learning about, and collecting art. Our growing collection comprises 100,000+ artworks by 18,000+ artists. Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online.


 
Video and Film
American Memory Online Films Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Several hundred early motion pictures are viewable in the Library's American Memory collections.  Video clips can be downloaded or streamed from the website. Collections include Coca-Cola, New York City (1898-1906), Consumer Economy, America at Work (1894-1915), Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment (1870-1920).

FedFlix Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
 FedFlix features more than 3,300 films created by the US government on a topics ranging from the space program to WWII and the war on drugs. Films may be embedded in a webpage or online course, or streamed directly from the site. Films are available for download as MPEG4, Ogg, or MPEG2. The films in FedFlix are all in the public domain and may be used for any purpose.

MovieClips.com Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
As of 2011, this site offers 12,000 free film clips from over 2,000 movies, all high-image-quality and sorted by actor, director, cinematographer, mood, prop, setting, composer, character type, and many more detailed options. The browse function works the best. Video clips can be embedded in webpages, facebook, twitter, and PowerPoint presentations for non-commercial purposes. This site provides easy, legal access to film clips.

blip.tv Unrestricted Access Resource contains video Resource contains audio
blip.tv is a free videoblogging, podcasting and video sharing service. It is intended for original, episodic content.

GUBA Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
Founded in 1998, GUBA is a leading online entertainment destination helping users browse, download and share video on the internet. GUBA users can watch videos in Flash or download to the PC, iPod, PSP, and other portable devices.

MIT World Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
MIT Worldâ„¢ is a free and open site that provides on-demand video of significant public events at MIT.

Moving Image Archive Unrestricted Access Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
This library contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre uploaded by Archive users. Many of these movies are available for download.

ResearchChannel Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
ResearchChannel was founded by a consortium of research and academic institutions to share the output of their researchers with the public. Viewers access programs online via a live webstream and an extensive video-on-demand library. The library houses more than 3,500 full-length programs that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Library of Congress YouTube channel Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
This collection is starting with 70 videos, arranged in the following playlists: 2008 National Book Festival author presentations, the Books and Beyond author series, Journeys and Crossings (a series of curator discussions), \"Westinghouse\" industrial films from 1904, scholar discussions from the John W. Kluge Center, and the earliest movies made by Thomas Edison, including the first moving image ever made (curiously enough, a sneeze by a man named Fred Ott).

Open Video Project Unrestricted Access Resource contains video
The Open Video repository provides video clips from a variety of sources, especially various video programs obtained from U.S. government agencies such as the National Records and Archives Administration and NASA.

Internet Archive TV News
The Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. Like library collections of books and newspapers, this accessible archive of TV news enables anyone to reference and compare statements from this influential medium. The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected 2009 - present from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.

British Pathe on YouTube
This is the complete collection of 85,000 short newsreel films from 1896 to 1976 produced by British Pathe
Audio Files
ccMixter Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.

Creative Commons: Legal Music Collection Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
Collection of links to websites that use the Creative Commons license to make music available for podcasts, videos, and other projects.

FreePlayMusic.com Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
A collection of music available for free for personal, non-commercial use. Music is arranged by "Style" or "Feel".

Freesound Project Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
A searchable collection of creative-commons-licensed sound clips. Does not include music.

Imcompetech Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
Royalty free music, organized by Genre and Feel.

Jamendo Unrestricted Access Resource contains audio
Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Artists grant use of their music for private uses free of cost.
Citation Style Guide
Citing Images - Visual Resources Library at Colgate University Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Examples in MLA, Chicago, and APA style which can serve as guides to building correct citations for images used in presentations and papers.


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