The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.
Adapted from the Stanford University Libraries
The resources on this guide encompass open access content available to anyone over the World Wide Web. That makes them different, though closely related, to the electronic resources available to WSU faculty, staff, and students through the University Libraries. We have put together a sister guide to this one presenting similar textbook, eBook, article, and streaming media resources available through the WSU University Libraries:
Throughout this guide, you will see links in the left-side navigation bar pointing you to library resources that parallel the section of open access resources you are viewing.