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Audio/Visual and Multimedia Resources and Tools

Audio/Visual and Multimedia Resources and Tools

Multimedia works comprise several different elements. This guide helps creators and researchers find visual and multimedia resources to enhance their projects. In particular, it provides links to a variety of audio, image, and video repositories from across the web – many that contain material in the public domain or that contain material that is covered by one of the Creative Commons licenses. You will also find information on how to use these materials responsibly including: tips on visual literacy; accessibility considerations and resources; copyright and usage licenses; and guidance on proper citations.

Throughout this guide, the following icons will be used to indicate:

  • Icon indicating contains material in public domain- collection contains some (but not necessarily all) resources in the public domain
  • Icon indicates contains Creative Commons material- collection contains some (but not necessarily all) resources covered by at least one type of Creative Commons license
  • Icon indicating free and open source software- the resource is free and open software (also known as FOSS) meaning that anyone can use, copy, or change as desired
  •  Icon indicating Pratt Resource - Pratt Institute resource

It is your responsibility to abide by the terms of use/rights/license of material you use. Not clear on what is meant by "fair use," "public domain," or "Creative Commons"? Learn more on the Copyright, Creative Commons, and Citations page of this guide.

Pratt Institute Libraries Resources

Multimedia Databases at Pratt Institute Libraries  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

Faculty, staff, and students of Pratt Institute have access to various databases with a plethora of additional visual and multimedia resources. Access to these collections may vary and as always, use of content is bound by the copyright terms of use.

Pratt Libraries visual and multimedia equipment collage VMR Equipment Loans at Pratt Institute Libraries  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

The Pratt Institute Libraries lend equipment to faculty, staff, and students at the Brooklyn campus. This equipment is intended to provide borrowers with the means to document projects, make presentations, and implement creative ideas.

TALKS.PRATT  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

Video hub of Pratt Institute talks, events, and projects featuring high-profile speakers, creative student/faculty work, and engaging stories.

Pratt Institute Libraries LibGuides

Artstor  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to getting the most out of the Artstor Digital Library and the Pratt Institute Libraries' growing collection of digital images.

Artstor for Faculty  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide for faculty to integrate images in Artstor's digital library into their teaching and get the most out of Artstor's tools and services.

Pratt Libraries Film ArchiveFinding and Using 16mm Films  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to the 16mm films located in the Pratt Libraries collection and how to care for them.

Film and Video Collections  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to Pratt Institute Libraries' extensive film and video collection of over 6,000 unique titles available to Pratt Institute faculty, students, and staff in a variety of formats.

Images and Image Collections for Teaching  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

Image resources collected by Pratt Libraries for teaching and learning. Includes links and instructions on how to access the school's special collections and archives and Pratt's Picture File Collection as well as external sites.

Maps and GIS  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to finding and using maps and other geospatial resources at Pratt and beyond.

Open Access Resources  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to free and public online resources covering a wide range of topics including multimedia repositories.

Picture File Collection  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to the Pratt Institute Libraries' Picture File Collection comprising tens of thousands of analog images from magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, and a variety of other picture resources. Available for in-library use only, images may be scanned and photographed for personal use, but are subject to U.S. copyright law.

Previous covers of Prattler, the Pratt Student Newspaper

Pratt Institute Archives Digital Collections  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to the digital collections of historical papers, images, and artifacts that document the history and development of Pratt Institute.

Special Collections Images  Icon indicating Pratt Resource

A guide to special collections related to the history of art and design maintained by the Visual Resources Center at Pratt Institute Libraries.