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Open Access: Finding and Accessing Open Access Resources: Open Educational Resources

A guide on how to find and access Open Access resources.

What Are Open Educational Resources?

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights” (OER Commons).

OERs include a wide range of education materials including etextbooks, lecture notes, assessment materials and online courses. OERs are commonly made available under one of the Creative Commons licences, which allow for varying degrees of re-use and adaptation, provided that the original source is acknowledged.

In addition to the Open Access resources such as journal articles, books, theses, etc. which have been described elsewhere in this LibGuide, there are specific platforms that you can use specifically to find Open Educational Resources (OERs).

How Can I Find Open Educational Resources?

In addition to the resources included in Open Access Books, there are some platforms you can use specifically to find Open Access textbooks, including:

There are a number of different resources you can use to find images which are free to re-use. These include:

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