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Open Access

What is Open Access?

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Open access resources are online books, articles, images, and other resources that anyone can read or download for free, anywhere, any time. No Hodges University or other institutional affiliation is needed to obtain access. OA resources often come with extensive reusage rights (use or adapt for your own purposes without permissions or payment). For a summary of open access scholarship, please see Peter Suber's Very Brief Introduction.


Impact of Open Access

High school student Jack Andraka made an award-winning medical breakthrough thanks to open access. Interview by the director of the National Institutes of Health.

Why is Open Access Important?

Read SPARC's persuasive case for OA

  • Lifelong learning - students can continue to access OA resources after graduation.
  • Author rights - faculty need not sign all their rights away to publishers.
  • Reliable access - institutional budget cuts do not jeopardize access to OA resources.
  • Better collections - OA resources can grow and diversify library collections at no cost.
  • Access - researchers and the public can more easily obtain current, scholarly data
  • Visibility - get your scholarly achievements noticed and cited more frequently.

Creative Commons

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Creative Commons (CC) offers free and easy-to-use copyright licenses for anyone to use. CC licensing gives the public permission to share and use your creative work, under conditions of your choice. Simply select a license, then embed the code in your course site.

Most CC-licensed works can be used or adapted freely for educational purposes, as long as the author is cited. Particularly useful for educators and graphic designers.

An example of a CC license is below.

Where Can I Find OA Resources?





A-Z Database List

Check out the Library's A-Z Database ListOpen access resources are designated Open access icon and can be sorted by "Database Type." Other open resources are marked Public domain icon, indicating that they belong in the public domain.

Highlighted OA Resources

California Digital Library (CDL) delivers free access to over 700 ebooks published by academic presses from 1982 to the present.

Digital Public Library of America searches American cultural heritage collections nationwide. Seven millions mostly historical images, documents, and more.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) delivers open access to thousands of scientific and scholarly ebooks across disciplines.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) delivers access to 1.7 million scholarly articles across disciplines.

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository offers World Bank-published articles, books, and more.

How Can I Participate?

  • Consider incorporating open educational resources (textbooks, infographics, OA journal articles, PowerPoint images) into your teaching.
  • Consider encouraging your students to use OA resources for assignments.
  • Consider sharing your papers and presentations online, maybe under a Creative Commons license.
  • Consider publishing in open access journals.