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Open Educational Resources & Open Access: Additional Resources

This guide is designed to introduce OER initiatives, explain creative commons licensing and OER, and to help you get started searching for Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning.

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them, use them for reference, and update them. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about OA.

Open Access Images

  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery

  • Shared Shelf Commons

  • Wellcome Images

  • Artstor Images for Academic Publishing (IAP)

  • Getty Open Content Images

Paywalled? Get an Open Access version!

With so many published papers now freely available through repositories and preprint servers, it's only natural that a new service has emerged: the free version detector. With one click, search the world for free versions of published research. 

Public Domain

These sites are good places to start looking for works in the public domain; however, you should always check copyright notices for the specific work before using it.


  • Common Content
    • This site includes a searchable catalog of images, movies, audio, text, and Web sites whose creators have licensed them into the Creative Commons to be used for copying, adapting, etc.
  • Creative Commons Search
    • This search page allows you to search the Web for items that have been licensed in the Creative Commons.


  • CCMixter
    • This site features music licensed in the Creative Commons.
  • Freesound
    • This site focuses on sound, rather than music, licensed in the Creative Commons.

Historical Resources

Government Resources


  • Ted: Inspiring thinkers on a range of subjects present big ideas and lectures on a regular basis- completely CC licensed.

  • Khan Academyhundreds of short educational videos covering many subjects; especially strong collections in science and math.

  • PhET Science Simulations: These interactive tools from the University of Colorado at Boulder are mostly CC licensed.

  • Wikimedia Commons: The thinkers behind Wikipedia bring you images, video, and music all openly licensed or in the public domain.

  • HippoCampus: HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education (MITE), is full of high-quality resources in a variety of subjects. It is aimed at high school and college level users.

  • Vimeo: A social network of video producers. This is a great place to look for a wide variety of content- some is completely open for redistribution, some is open access.

  • Critical Commons: A community of people who seek to promote the use of media in teaching. The materials posted here are mostly presented using Fair Use guidelines.

Questions? Suggestions?

Questions or suggestions?

Interested in learning about other "open" movements such as open data, open source, open hardware, open content, open education, open educational resources, open government, open knowledge, open access, open science, or the open web?

Looking for suggestions for a replacement textbook for your course? Need help finding materials?

Contact a Librarian

Contact the Center for Academic Technology for assistance integrating OERs into your Brightspace Course Modules.