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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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Check out our guide to Open Education Resources!

See how you can apply open access principles in a college setting.

Open Access: Introduction

Open Access resources are published with few or no copyright restrictions. 

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

Openverse (Creative Commons) Search - images & audio
Creative Commons materials are available for use without copyright permission. Attribution is required.

Creative Commons Licenses

Outlines the different types of CC licenses: Attribution, Atrribution-Share Alike, Attribution-NoDerivs, etc.

Open Textbook collections

BCcampus Open Textbook Collection  A list of open textbooks from BCcampus.

OpenStax – 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."

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.

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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