There are many resources available on the net that are in the public domain, and therefore freely usable without restrictions for Wikiquote content.
There are also many copyrighted resources whose licensing terms are liberal enough that they can generally be used as well. For these, see Wikipedia:Free or semi-free non-Public-Domain information resources and Wikipedia:GNU Free Documentation License resources.
This page is intended as a list of only true public domain text resources. For images, see Wikipedia:Public domain image resources.
See also Wikipedia:Public domain resource for other resources specific to Wikipedia. This article is to list resources in addition to those already listed for Wikipedia that would be specifically usful for Wikiquote.
Sources for finding public domain resources
Here are some web searches which may help discover U.S. Federal Government and other public domain documents. Please note that you must still manually verify that documents are in the public domain. Please note that not all sites in the .gov domain are U.S. federal government sites: some may be U.S. state or other local government sites.
- This Google search for '"not copyrighted" site:.gov' finds documents on websites in the .gov domain that contain the text "not copyrighted".
- This Google search for '"public domain" site:.gov' finds documents on websites in the .gov domain that contain the text "public domain".
Google searches for links or exact phrases:
- "this document is in the public domain" (estimated 2500+ hits)
- "this page is in the public domain" (estimated 1000+ hits)
- "this information is in the public domain" (extimated 1000+ hits)
- "this text is in the public domain" (estimated 2000+ hits)
- "placed in the public domain" (estimated 24000+ hits, but many instances refer to other things)
- "www.primarilypublicdomain.org" (find links confirming that a site is Primarily Public Domain)
- Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication
The Creative Commons initiative may become a valuable new resource for Wikiquote authors. The project provides a "wizard" for licensing information under various open content licenses (including the public domain, which is not a license), and also features a directory of these works. (See also Creative Commons License)
- The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More by Stephen Fishman, ISBN 0873374339
Lists of general resources:
- Picdrome Public Domain growing picture collection, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items free to download and use without restriction.
- Alegri Photos. Creative Commons free stock photos.
- Public domain vector images.
- 4 Free Photos. Public domain and free stock images.
- Public domain image collection. High quality images from everywhere.
- Unmaintained list of public domain resources by Kevin Savetz
- Banis Associates list of public domain resources
- Public Domain Music website
- New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors tracking old books and author's dates for determining copyright expiration
- Top 10 Public domain image resources.