Open Educational Resources
With textbook prices rising much faster than the cost of inflation, open education resources are being offered up as an important alternative to help counteract these costs. Open educational resources included textbooks, journals, video and audio files, archival material, and other supplemental material that is available through open licensing. This research guide introduces high quality sources of these resources that are availabe for use in courses. Not only are these important to recognize for their usefulness in the classroom, but they offer a publishing alternative that allows for the research to be available to the widest possible community.
Open materials are not equivalent to free materials. While open materials are free, they also include Creative Commons (CC) licensing that allow for reuse, repackaging and/or remixing, with attribution to the source creator. However, be aware of the CC license used, because not all uses are allowed by all licenses. You can find the different types of CC licenses online.
If you're interested in learning more about open educational resources for use either in your class or as a publishing option, please contact a reference librarian.
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