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Getting Started – Tutorials and resources
Tutorial: Audacity, Berkeley Advanced Media Institute – Includes directions for recording, importing, editing, and exporting sound files as a finished mp3.
Audacity Manual: Tutorials – Tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions for performing common tasks in Audacity.
Recording and editing
Step 2: Download the LAME mp3 Encoder
Recording audio with your smartphone
Recording Audio with an iPhone:
Recording Audio with an Android:
Can I include audio recordings created by others in my work? – Understanding Usage Rights
Unless you have permission from a works' copyright owner or you are the work's creator, we recommend that you include works that are in the public domain or under Creative Commons licenses.
Creative Commons video transcript [PDF]
Source: University of Guelph Library. [U of G Library]. (2018, September 21). What are Creative Commons Licenses [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/srVPLrmlBJY (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Four Creative Commons license elements
See below for license types you may encounter along with details regarding the four Creative Commons licensing terms you will encounter (i.e. attribution, no derivatives, share alike and non-commercial).
The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist.
Stim, R. (n.d.). Welcome to the Public Domain. Retrieved from https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/ (CC BY-NC 3.0)
Public domain video transcript [PDF]
Source: U.S. Copyright Office. [U.S. Copyright Office]. (2019, December 18). What is Public Domain? [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/PMp_-OX15Jc
Public domain and Creative Commons audio files can be downloaded from the websites below. It is still important to provide attribution for the recording to acknowledge the artist's work. Visit the Citing Resources page on this guide for audio citation examples.
Crowdsourced collection of Creative Commons media files.