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Open Access and OER

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.


OER Metafinder Search Tool from George Mason University

Search several sites at once.  Enter a few words that describe the course you are teaching, such as "Introduction to Business." 

Mason OERMetaFinder

A distinct feature of the Mason OER Metafinder is the scope of the discovery service.  The tool searches well-known OER repositories like OpenStaxOER CommonsMERLOT but also sites like HathiTrustDPLAInternet Archive and NYPL Digital Collections where valuable but often overlooked open educational materials may be found.

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.


Where to find CC licensed material

Where to find CC licensed images

Where to find CC licensed videos

Where to find CC licensed music

An example of a CC license is below.

Where Can I Find OA and OER 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 and OER 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 million 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.

Hathi Trust


MIT Open Courseware

OER Commons

Open Course Library

Orange Grove Florida's OER repository

Project Gutenberg

World Digital Library

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