Create Your Own Public Domain Bookmark Lists

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

One of the biggest challenges of working with the public domain is finding the exact materials you want to use.

With the exception of some megasites, digitized public domain materials are literally scattered in thousands of places on the web. That means that you will often find yourself spending hours with your favorite search engine digging up nuggets you can use for your latest project. It also means that you are going to stumble across many sources of material that aren’t what you are looking for.

When I search, I’ll generally stumble across 20 or more public domain repositories before finding exactly what I want.

Now if I’m in a rush, I just keep moving on until I fund exactly what I’m looking for and them move forward on the project. But when I have a bit of extra time, I start adding these sites to my list of public domain bookmarks so I will have them available to me at a later date for future projects.

Your web browser’s favorites folder is the perfect place for all these resources. With just a few clicks, you can add another resource to your growing list of personal public domain bookmarks. There are a few keys you must follow to mazimize the use of your browser’s favorites function however.

  • Organization is the first key. Create a folder called something like “public domain links.” Below that folder, create additional folders as needed to help organize your links into categories. For instance, you might have a section devoted to sheet music, another section devoted to mythology books, another to Civil War images and so on. You can even create subfolders of these folders to really drill down the categories.
  • Good descriptions is the second key. You can personally label each bookmark so you know what it is about later. By writing your own description about the contents of the link, the next time you need resources for category X, you just scan the bookmarks you have for that category and go right to the resources. That means no more time invested in searching (unless of course you need to find more materials – which you can again add to your growing bookmark list.)

By taking a bit of extra time when doing your public domain searches to create a useful and usable list of bookmarks, your product development based on public domain materials will become more and more efficient. So take the time on your next search to being creating your very own bookmark list.

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