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Explore public service advertisement (PSA) campaigns from the Ad Council, a leading producer of PSAs and the creator of such slogans as "Friends don't let friends drive drunk" and "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Africa South of the Sahara
Serves as a guide to Internet resources on African cultures and peoples. Sites are organized by country and topic.
American Memory (Library of Congress)
Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture...
American Rhetoric Speech Bank (American Rhetoric)
Index and full text of over 5000 audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches...
American Song (Alexander Street Press)
American Song is a history database with music from America's past.
Association for Cultural Equity Research Center
Includes sound recordings, photographs, videos, interviews, radio shows and more. Houses the Alan Lomax Archive of recorded music, dance, and spoken word.
is devoted to helping you find music, which is liberally licensed under a
license so you
already have permission
to use this music in your video, podcast, school project, personal music player, or where ever…
Classical Music Library (Alexander Street Press)
A collection of classical music recordings searchable by composer, artist, conductor, instrument, genre, or period.
Contemporary World Music (Alexander Street Press)
Contemporary World Music is a vast collection of 50,000 music tracks.
Browse JMU Library Catalog to find availability and learn more about digital audio, video and graphic clips from Digital Juice, designed to be reused in digital production work.
Location: Media Resources
DRAM Online (DRAM / New World Records)
On-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio. DRAM contains over 2,300 albums worth of recordings from a distinctive set of 15 independent labels.
Factiva (Dow Jones)
Gateway to business resources including full text periodicals, news photographs, company reports, and financial data.
Free Media for Creative Use (JMU Libraries)
These sources contain material that is available under
, or JMU license.
Free Music Archive (FMA)
Free Music Archive provides a library of legal audio downloads.
Free-Loops.com is a one-stop-shop for free loops and audio clip downloads covered by
Freesound is a database of
licensed sounds and focusses only on sound, not songs.
Funky Remixes allows users to legally rip, remix, and share music for free. This site features hip hop, rap, rock, and electronic styled remixes. Copyright covered by
Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection (American University)
Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection
contains over 1450 sound effects tracks recorded by Greg Smith. The collection is hosted by University Library at American University.
the tracks are in a zipped mp3 format. Once you download the zip file to your computer, you will need to un-zip them. Please see the recommended programs on the Greg Smith Collection website.
Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online)
Oxford Music Online
is the access point for
Grove Music Online
Oxford Dictionary of Music
Oxford Companion to Music
, and the
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
The Internet Archive is a non-profit website offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes
as well as
archived web pages
Jamendo is a source for free and legal music downloads covered by
Mixed Messages: Tracking Political Advertising
Political advertisements funded by campaigns, parties, committees, and independent advocacy groups.
Music Online (Alexander Street Press)
Music Online is a single cross-searchable platform that includes all of the Alexander Street Press music products to which JMU subscribes.
National Jukebox (Library of Congress)
contains over 10,000 historical sound recordings from the Library of Congress music collections. These recordings have been made freely available in streaming format with permission from Sony Music Entertainment. Sound content includes popular music, dance music, opera, jazz, speeches, poetry and humor.
National Museum of African Art
Provides online exhibits of traditional and modern African art. Also links to Radio Africa, which provides streaming audio from the Smithsonian’s Global Sound collection.
Naxos Jazz (Naxos)
Naxos Music Library Jazz offers a mixed selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz in streaming audio format.
Naxos Music Library (Naxos)
Streaming classical music, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also includes notes on musical works and biographical information on composers or artists.
OAIster (OCLC / Firstsearch)
OAIster contains thousands of multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,000 contributors worldwide.
Online Sound Recordings at the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
Recordings from the American Memory project from folk music to oral history interviews.
Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press)
Opera in Video contains 250 of the most important opera performances.
Public Domain Information Project (PD Info)
PD Info provides sheet music and lyrics published in 1922 or earlier. Also contains royalty free music tracks. Fees for sheet music and tracks
be paid for by JMU Libraries.
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Smithsonian Global Sound (Alexander Street Press)
The world's musical and aural traditions, in streaming audio...
SoundClick is part of the free music community and features signed and unsigned bands.
Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press)
Theatre in Video contains more than 250 of the world’s most important plays...
WorldCat (OCLC / Firstsearch)
Catalog of over 62 million titles cataloged by libraries worldwide ...
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