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COPYRIGHT: Open Access

The guide provides information to faculty and students on Canadian copyright and how it pertains to instruction and learning at the College.

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Open Access: Introduction

Open Access resources are published with few or no copyright restrictions. You may want to explore them as free online alternatives to traditional textbooks.

See our Open Education Resources guide to learn more about Open Access in post-secondary environments.

See below for links to open access resources, and tools to find more. 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Search "Find content you can share, use and remix."
Creative Commons materials are available for use without seeking copyright permission.

Open Textbook collections 
A list of open textbooks curated by BCcampus.

College Open Textbooks
Lists open textbooks by subject, many of which have been peer reviewed.

World’s largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.

OpenStax College – High quality open textbook publisher based out of Rice University. Current titles include College Physics and Introduction to Sociology with plans to develop open textbooks in Calculus, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Psychology by 2015.

OER Commons – Textbooks
"The network that brings together 48,834 OER, tools for sharing curriculum with the world, and news and training on the brave new world of open education."

“Free. Open-source. Peer-reviewed. High-quality textbooks for your college course.” American focus but texts can be tailored to course/instructor needs. Primarily science & economics. Bookshelf
Mainly business and economics, but includes some math, sciences, communications/writing, and US history/politics. Assembled by the Saylor Foundation.

University of Minnesota – Open Textbook Catalog

Image collections

Flickr: Creative Commons
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's vast collections.

All images in openclipart are in the public domain and may be used freely without seeking permission

Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources
"The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images"


TED: Ideas worth Spreading
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

YouTube Education
YouTube channel of educational videos from educational institutions

Open Journals

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journals
Searches PLOS ONE (life and health sciences), PLOS Medicine, and PLOS Biology; PLOS Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Browse or search for individual journal articles.

Public Domain

Public domain resources are available for use because the copyright has expired.

Project Gutenberg
"over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online"

Wikipedia list of public domain resources
Links to resources on a variety of topics.

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