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Fair Use and Copyright

Open Education Resources (OER)

Open Educational Materials are teaching and learning tools such as textbooks that are available freely online, typically under a Creative Commons license. Depending upon the specifications of each Creative Commons license, these materials can be shared, reused, and adapted in different ways to suit your purpose. We recommend that you check out our Open Educational Materials LibGuide to learn more.


The term Open Access (OA) refers to information available freely online without barrier or paywall to read or use. Typically this means scholarly material that holds a Creative Commons license or exists in the public domain rather than resources under traditional copyright.

Open Access Resources

Here are a few links to check out to learn more about Open Access.

Scholarly Communication Librarian

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Emma Wood

Claire T. Carney Library
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Dartmouth, MA 02747