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There are many resources available on the net that are in the public domain, and therefore freely usable without restrictions for Wikipedia content. There are also many copyrighted resources whose licensing terms are liberal enough that they can generally be used as well. Below is a list of some of each; please add to this if you discover new resources.

True Public Domain Resources

These resources are completely free of copyright restrictions, and can therefore be used and modified at will for any Wikipedia page. Some (such as Project Gutenberg texts and the public domain dictionary) are in the public domain either because the author has renounced their copyright or because they are very old and their copyrights have expired. (Care should be taken to bring such texts up to date.)

Keep in mind Wikipedia is not a dictionary, though entries should begin with a good definition.

Other "Free" Resources

These resources are copyrighted and licensed under terms that allow free redistribution in some form. There may be requirements to credit the original authors, or restrictions on making modifications. Check the license posted on each site for such restrictions.


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