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Find open access resources

Open access is the free, immediate online availability of information, with no limits on reuse, re-purposing or sharing. Learn how to find, use and cite open access material in your subject area – available even after you leave university.


Search engines

It's easy to find open access material online. Many search engines can search for and return creative commons licensed works.

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Benefits of using open textbooks:

  • no student will miss out due to finances
  • access textbooks online anywhere, anytime, with no limit on the number of users
  • textbooks are produced by credible authors, often educators in the field
  • teachers can locate, download, adapt, and make available to students, without copyright concerns


Images, videos and music

Images - to use in your PowerPoint presentations, lectures and assignments

Videos - that you can share with colleagues or use in class

Music - find, stream or download for use in lectures and assignments

Open educational resources (OERs)

Find, use and remix OERs for your teaching. Tailor resources to meet local or students needs.

Guides on finding and using OERs

Cite open access material

Open Access materials can be referenced using any standard referencing style.

The license is added at the end to demonstrate that you have permission to use the material and others can too.


Vanessa Tuckfield
Copyright Manager, Library | Canberra
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