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Copyright free and Creative Commons resources: Open Textbooks

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

Open textbook sites

For a useful guide to Tertiary level open textbooks by subject see OER by Discipline guide. (Search under 'Contents' on the top left hand side for discipline areas)

How to search for open access scholarly resources

  • Unpaywall and Core Discovery are browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome, which add a green tab beside research articles that you can read for free.

  • 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 and disseminating OA books, and the Directory of Open Access Books is a discovery service for OA books. 

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