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Whether you're creating a video, presentation, or audio project sound can be a key ingredient to making your project successful.  Below are links to websites that provide copyright-friendly audio files you can use in your projects.  Most of the resources are in the Public Domain or have Creative Commons licenses, but make sure you check the licence for the exact file you are using.

 Tool  Description  Cost
Creative Commons SearchUse the Creative Commons Search to find audio files (and other content) from a variety of websites that you can legally use in your projects.  This is a page you should consider bookmarking and is a great place to start your search. Free
Archive.orgCheck out Archive's audio and MP3 library. This library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by Archive's users. Free
ccMixterccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. Free
FreesoundFreesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds. Free
Jamendo Free AND legal music for student projects and presentations (yours as well). Music is categorized by genre, mood, and instrument. Library is searchable and music can be search by country! All tracks/albums are in MP3 format and will work with all video editors and presentation software.
 Free

Library of Congress Recorded Sounds Archive The Library of Congress provides access to a portion of its audio collections through the Recorded Sound Reference Center's web page, the American Memory site, The Performing Arts Encyclopedia and the American Folklife Center pages. These key audio portions of the collections are described and linked on the Recorded Sounds Archive page.  Free