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Open Educational Resources  

Open-access (OA) literature is understood to be online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. This guide links to free, open resources in higher education and includes websites, teaching materials, videos, books, and more.
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Open Access Overview by Peter Suber

Open Access Overview  

This is an excellent introduction to open access by one of its foremost advocates. 



Sawyer Library Licensed Materials

The Mildred F. Sawyer Library subscribes to a large number of databases which offer scholarly journal articles, ebooks, films, and images.  Current students, faculty, and staff have access to all of this material.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Defined:


Open Educational Resources are educational materials freely available for public use.  In many cases, licenses permit improving, sharing, and/or redistributing this material. Educational Resources generally include learning content, such as courses, course materials, resource collections, and journals.


The Goal of Using OER:

The goal of OER is to provide access to quality educational resources for everyone regardless of income or location.  In addition, OER creates an opportunity to share new methods of teaching and learning in a collaborative environment.


  • Sherpa/RoMeo - Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving
    Summarizes copyright policies of publishers and categorizes them in terms of restrictions related to self-archiving.
  • SPARC – Author Rights and Addendum
    The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition website offers several publications connected to copyright and author rights. They may be freely downloaded. In addition, there are links to other helpful resources.
  • Creative Commons
    This nonprofit allows people to license material while maintaining copyright and choosing the restrictions they wish to place on copying and redistribution of these works. "Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice..."

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