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Public Domain, Creative Commons, and Other Online Resources

Digital Resources

Looking for online resources because you are researching or studying remotely or working from home? Needing searchable texts or digital works for text analysis? 

You can access thousands of full-text articles and books in any subject through our online databases. And our digital collections in mDON give you access to hundreds of archival images, faculty and staff works, university publications, and more.

This guide will also direct you to public domain and creative commons resources free to use and available online.

Temporary Access during Covid-19 Outbreak

In additional to the many digital materials provided to you through library subscription-based databases, and because of the increased need for online resources while campuses and libraries are closed and classes have moved online during the Covid-19 outbreak, there are several vendors offering special, temporary access to additional resources and materials.

*Please note that access to the resources below is not managed by Helmke Library. Access is provided on a temporary basis, and any questions about issues with access should be directed to the vendor or host for that resource.



RedShelf Responds Textbook Access

In response to the Covid-19 Outbreak, textbook vendor Redshelf has free access to online textbooks available until May 25 for students of nonprofit, semester-based schools.

VitalSource Textbook Access

Temporary access to textbooks provided by VitalSource available to students and instructors at non-profit institutions. Available until May 25.



SPSS Statistics

Students can register for a free trial of SPSS software. Available until June 15.

Adobe Creative Cloud

"Active students at the University will be able to download and install the latest versions of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications to their personally owned computers to use until May 31, 2020."


Ebooks and Journals

Internet Archive Emergency Library

"A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

SIAM Epidemiology

Content on epidemiology, disease modeling, pandemics, and vaccines to help fight against the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.