How can I find public domain and Creative Commons content?
February 17, 2020 11:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for public domain and Creative Commons writing for use in a commercial education project. Can MeFites give me any tips on how to search for this kind of writing?

Here are the types of writing I'm looking for:

1. Excerpts from speeches or texts written by U.S./U.K. political figures (1750-present).
2. Short (~750 words) recent science or social science articles written for the general public (2010-present). Something similar to a Scientific American or Economist article, for example.
3. Short narrative or informative articles about any topic (~350 words) written for a high school audience.

Everything needs to be freely available for adaptation and commercial use.
posted by matkline to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Internet Archive is a good place to start.
posted by chbrooks at 11:41 PM on February 17, 2020

WikiSource is another archive of public domain texts - political speeches, American history, UK politics. The rights status of each document is laid out at the bottom of each page - most are public domain or CC with attribution.
posted by Glier's Goetta at 2:27 AM on February 18, 2020

For science writing, everything written by a federal employee is in the public domain. NASA has tons of educational articles that would probably fit the bill.
posted by rockindata at 3:39 AM on February 18, 2020

The Public Domain Review
posted by ouke at 5:24 AM on February 18, 2020

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