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Copyright free and Creative Commons resources: Open Courseware

Contains the series of library guides for copyright free & cc audio visual, images and music.

Open Courseware sites

For information about searching for & using open content see the International Open Educational Resources (OER) Toolkits and guide list.

How to search for open access scholarly resources

  • Unpaywall and Core Discovery are browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome. They add a green tab beside free to read research articles.

  • The Open Access Button will search across the web for a freely accessible full-text version of an article and if not found will send an email to the author asking them to provide a copy

  • OASIS Open access search will search across 113 different sources. Search widget code at

  • Mason OER metafinder searches 23 sources, including HathiTrust, Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and the Digital Public Library of America.)

  • DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • For a list of Open Access Journals with an Australian publisher view here 

  • The OAPEN Library is a central repository for hosting OA books.

  • The Directory of Open Access Books is a discovery service for OA books. 

  • OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.