While there is an abundance of creative content on the Internet, it can be a challenge to locate material that is freely available. Whether for use in the classroom or for the purpose of a research project, it is important to understand copyright. Copyright is the legal protection extended to the authors of original published or unpublished artistic and intellectual work.  The first step to legally obtaining copyrighted work is to ask permission from the creator. If you are unable to locate the creator, under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. Copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work. Fair use provides a legal exception to the right  an owner has for his or her copyrighted work but only allows the use of portions of the copyrighted work.  Copyright is the law, while fair use is a guideline. There are four factors to determine fair use:

1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

2. The nature of the copyrighted work

3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

There are also items that enter into the public domain. When content enters into the public domain, it isn’t necessary to determine fair use. Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited or are inapplicable. US Government work, for example, is generally considered public domain. Creative Commons is a public domain dedication that allows copyright holders to place works in the public domain.  A Creative Commons search can be conducted across multiple websites. There are a variety of great sites for searching Creative Commons and public domain images and video or audio clips.

The following sites offer a host of Creative Commons and public domain image, music and video resources. Many of the resources listed below use the Creative Commons copyright licenses to grant permission to others to use their works. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. For a list of licenses and what kind of use each one allows, see Creative Commons, About the Licenses.

Image Resources

Photopin searches Flickr images with multiple ways to limit, filter, preview and choose images.

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog contains many digitized images. Each collection and most images have copyright information and permissions information included. Look for the “Rights and Restrictions” link or heading.

U.S. Government Photos and Images on provides links to collections of government images. Check the information on each site or image for information about using them.

Wikimedia Commons is a large collection of freely usable media.

In the advanced search in Flickr, check “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” to find work with Creative Commons licenses.

Microsoft offers images, clip art, and animations.

Music Resources

Creative Commons Music for Videos offers links to various music sites that provide creative commons licensed music.

Vimeo searchable database of user-created music, some are available free and have Creative Commons licenses.

Video Resources

Vimeo searchable database of user-created videos, some are available free and have Creative Commons licenses.

Internet Archive Stock Footage Collection Rights to this collection are held by Internet Archive. You may download and reuse material under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Flickr Creative Commons Search videos on Flickr that are available using Creative Commons licenses.

National Park Service B-roll Video provides links to public domain video sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas.

Open Video Project collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for research communities on a variety of subjects.

–This guide was adapted from the Moraine Valley Community College Library guide: Free eBooks, Images, Music and Videos.


eBook titles can be searched through VitCat, our library catalog, or directly through the EBSCO eBook database or the ebrary database. To access eBooks through VitCat you can click on the View Now button. You can choose to read the eBook from your computer with no additional steps involved or you can download to your computer. The following instructions are for downloading eBooks to your computer or mobile device.

1. Download Adobe Digital Editions from You will need this free software to store and view the eBooks you download from EBSCOhost. You only have to do this step the first time you download an eBook from EBSCO.

  • Click Download Now and click on Macintosh or Windows.
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  • Click on Macintosh or Windows and follow installation instructions.
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  • After completing and closing out of the the installation screen, the Adobe Digital Editions window will display. All future eBook downloads will be stored in this folder.

2. Sign up for an Adobe ID. You will need to authorize access to the eBooks you either download from EBSCOhost or transfer to a mobile device. You only have to do this once.

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  • Click the Don’t have an Adobe ID link.
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  • Create an Adobe ID with your email and a password.

3. Create a myEBSCOhost account. You do not need to create an account to view eBooks, just to download or check out eBooks. To do this, search for a title in the EBSCOhost eBook collection

4. Click Download offline.

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5. Sign in to your myEBSCOhost account or create a new account if you don’t have one.

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6. Click on Checkout & Download. The default checkout time is 7 days. To change the checkout time, click on the dropdown box.  Downloading restrictions for the collections and publishers within those collections will vary. Not all ebooks in EBSCOhost may be available for download.

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7. You should now be prompted to open the file with Adobe Digital Editions. (If it doesn’t launch, skip to step 8). Click OK. The first time Adobe is launched, you’ll be prompted for your Adobe login (email address) and password.

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8. If Adobe Digital Editions doesn’t immediately launch, click on the eBook link in your system tray (downloads).

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9. Enter your Adobe login (email) and password. Click Authorize.

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10. Your eBook will now be available in your Adobe Digital Editions folder.  While your EBSCO eBooks folder is accessible from any computer, Adobe Digital Editions needs to be downloaded to the computer where you’re reading your eBooks. If you switch computers, you’ll need to download the software and locate your eBooks again. You cannot return a checked out eBook before its due date. When the lending period expires, you will no longer have access to the eBook from your computer or your device.

EBSCO eBooks and your mobile device

You can view EBSCO eBooks on your mobile device the same as articles using EBSCOhost’s mobile app. You can download the EBSCOhost mobile app for ios devices or for Android devices . Make sure to authenticate the app. You can check out and download directly to your computer, but to access eBooks on your mobile device you will have to download to your computer first, then transfer to your mobile device. You’ll need both a My EBSCOhost account and Adobe Digital Editions on your computer (see above) to transfer to a mobile device.

Compatible mobile devices include the Nook, Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600, 700 and 900), COOL-ER and many smart phones. Here is the complete list

Transferring eBooks to a wireless mobile device

    1. Open your downloaded EBSCO eBook in Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID and Password the first time you try to open an EBSCO eBook with Digital Editions on your computer.
    2. Connect your portable device to your computer.
    3. Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects the presence of your device and offers to authorize it with your Adobe ID. Just as the Adobe Digital Editions software must be authorized with your Adobe ID, the portable device must also be authorized to be able to transfer protected content to and from the device.
    4. After authorization, the device appears as a new bookshelf in your library.
    5. Transfer items to and from the device bookshelf by clicking on the book title, then dragging and dropping the title into the device bookshelf.

Note: Do not disconnect the device while you are in the process of transferring a title to the device.

You can now transfer eBooks from Adobe Digital Editions on your computer to your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android device using the BlueFire Reader.

    1. Install the free Bluefire Reader app for iOS or for Android (including Kindle Fire) on your device.
    2. Open the Bluefire app from your device applications menu. Enter your Adobe login (email) and password. Choose Authorize. If you don’t already have an Adobe ID, you can get one for free by tapping the link that reads “Get a Free Adobe ID”. Once you’ve entered your Adobe ID, tap Continue to authorize your reader.
    3. If you already have downloaded eBooks to Adobe you can now open your downloaded EBSCO eBook in Adobe Digital Editions and skip to step 9. If you need to locate an eBook at this point, you can locate an eBook by conducting a new search in VitCat or through the EBSCOhost ebook collection.
    4. If downloading through EBSCO, Choose Download Offline to download the eBook.
    5. You will need a myEBSCOhost account to download and will now be prompted to log into your my EBSCO account. If you don’t have an account, click on Create New Account and follow instructions.
    6. Select a checkout period from the dropdown menu and choose the Checkout and Download button.
    7. The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your myEBSCOhost folder and should begin to download.
    8. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading your eBook.
    9. eBooks cannot be returned before the due date. After the eBook checkout expires, the eBook file will still be on your device but cannot be opened. You must remove the file manually by opening Bluefire and selecting to remove it from your library.

Alumni Weekend 2013

In honor of Alumni Weekend/Viterbo Days on October 11-12, we want to welcome alumni to stop in the library for a nostalgic visit!
Library privileges include in-person check out of all circulating materials. We have a great selection of popular reading materials and a nice selection of current DVD’s as well.

Full library privileges include:

 In-person check out of circulating materials.
 Access to newspapers, periodicals and reference materials in the library.
 Use of computers in the library.
 Printing and photocopying with the purchase of an appropriate print or copy card.
 Interlibrary loan services. Restricted to books, DVDs/videos, and CDs picked up from the main
desk in person.
 Electronic delivery of print journal articles.
 Due to licensing contracts, remote access of library databases cannot be offered to alumni.

We suggest visiting the alumni office for an official alumni card. While you do not need an alumni card to use library services, alumni status needs to be verified to receive privileges. Staff can verify your alumni status during regular business hours 8am–5pm, Monday–Friday. If outside of business hours, please speak to a staff person for more information. Feel free to call (608-796-3269) or visit us during library hours.

There are many fun activities planned for  Viterbo Days 2013. We hope to see you!

If you run out of printing money, you can add more to your account at the main desk in the library. Black and white printing costs $0.06 and color costs $0.18.

Attention Night Owls! The library now offers reference help until 1 am Sun-Thurs! We’ve also added reference on Saturdays! HOO-ray!

Reference Hours:
Mon.-Thur.: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Fri.: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sat.: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun.: 4:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Here are all the ways you can get in touch with us:

All employees are invited to attend two Microsoft Outlook training sessions Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Learning Commons, Murphy Center 248. Session I at 1:30 p.m. will be an introduction to features in the web and client-based email and a discussion of message formats. Session 2 at 2:20 p.m. will cover email rules, shared calendars, meeting requests, and other advanced email tasks.
Questions? Email Vicke at


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