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Course Reserves: Open Access Reserves

Open Access Databases

Below is a list of legitimate, vetted depositories of open source documents ranging a wide variety of subjects.

Online Ebooks

Public Domain, Fair Use and Open Resources found online.

Open Content

Once content has been created in a tangible form, it is automatically copyrighted under US law. Content creators may choose to "open" their content in order to provide others with permission before hand. If materials are listed as open, then they may be used freely without requesting permission or paying a fee. Many open access content has a license applied to it, which requires certain conditions in exchange for use of the content (ie. attribution, non-profit use).

Open content does not necessarily mean free content. The key point is that open materials are open for distribution.

Creative Commons

GNU: General Public License

Open Source License

Open Education Resources

Who needs open access? You need open access!