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OER: Open Educational Resources

Freely Accessible! Openly Licensed!

Creative Commons & Copyright

Copyright and Campus Support

By definition, Open Educational Resources, though they may be copyrighted, are made available under various open licenses which permit free reuse, revision, and customization by educators and students.The most commonly-used open licensing scheme for these materials is one of the six Creative Commons licenses. The Scholarly Communications Librarian is happy to answer questions about these licenses. More information about Creative Commons can be found on our Open Access guide.

The Libraries also make available databases of digital materials which, although not OER, are specifically licensed for use in teachingElectronic resources are available to our students, faculty, staff, and library users in accordance with the publisher’s license terms and conditions. Users have an obligation to read, be aware of, and observe the terms and conditions of use for all electronic resources.

For information on permissible uses of copyrighted materials not licensed under an open license, or by the Libraries, a Guide for Copyright is also available on the Libraries' website. These pages may be particularly helpful:

Creative Commons' Guides to Licenses and the Public Domain