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Open Access @SDSU

This guide provides a brief introduction to Open Access, which OA Journals are indexed in our search databases and any support for publishing in OA Journals we may have.

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Creative Commons

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. 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. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs." Read more

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Open Educational Resources (OER)


"Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world." - OER Commons

MERLOT is the California State University system's curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

OER Commons is a library and search engine of over 50,000 vetted open educational resources; from classes to textbooks to individual learning modules.

Jorum is the UK version of OER Commons and is managed by Jisc. Jorum is described as "the UK's largest repository for discovering and sharing Open Educational Resources for HE, FE and Skills."

OER Dynamic Search Engine is a list of various OER repositories and sites. Managed by Scott Leslie at EdTechPost.

Xpert contains metadata and resources for almost 150,000 learning objects from over 8000 providers.

OpenCourseWareMIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

OpenStax is a dynamic non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes. There are tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime.