Open access (OA, for short) refers to a wide range of creative works that are available either in the public domain or under a Creative Commons (CC) license.
Open Educational Resources (OER) refers to a group of materials specifically created to support teaching and learning. OER is usually licensed under Creative Commons. OER course textbooks often come with add-ons such as question banks.
You can tell Library Search to search only for open access materials, or limit your search results to only OA materials.
Creative Commons (CC) licenses occupy the space between public domain and copyright. They allow creators to specify the conditions under which their creations may be used without requesting permission from the license holder.
The licenses in order, from least restrictive to most restrictive:
For more information about Creative Commons licensing, see the link below, or contact Martha Smith, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (607) 735-1866.
OA and OER repositories are a good way to explore the range of available materials. The following are especially helpful: