Tutorial: Public Domain (Why Artists Should Use It)
How to Find Public Domain Materials
Public domain materials are those rare works that are not copyrighted and thus not restricted in use in any way. These public domain works can be incorporated into other publications such as wikiHow or Wikipedia. Here is a few sources one might find a public domain resource.
Be aware of the sources of most public domain documents.Some typical sources include old published materials, US Government publications, and materials explicitly donated to the public domain.
Look for materials published in the USA before 1923.Some good examples of public domain books that could be turned into how-to articles:
- - a how-to manual from 1881!
- - illustrations and all in PDF.
- - projects in carpentry, machinery, kites, and more.
- - check before copying to wikiHow because not all of the information is in the public domain.
Research books that were published between 1923 and Jan 1, 1964.90% of books during this period are not copyrighted, since their copyright holders failed to extend their copyright. Review the for details.
Obtain US Federal Government published documents that are usually public domain unless marked otherwise.Some good examples which contain some how-to related info:
- Space Educators' Handbook
- - contains photos and facts on many species.
- - contains good information on knots.
- U.S. Department of Defense - some military training books contain good how-tos on a variety of subjects.
- - contains good information on preparing for natural disasters.
Look through some of the more popular websites containing public domain resources.Note that not all material on these sites are public domain:
- - many options listed. Great source.
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