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Open Educational Resources & Library Materials: Copyright Resources

A guide to finding open access and licensed library material for use in courses

Public Domain

Digital Copyright Slider (

  • Easily determine if material you want to use is in the public domain yet.

When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain (

  • A chart to help you determine when works become public domain from the University of North Carolina.

Fair Use

Copyright & Fair Use (

  • Hartness Library's basic copyright information and fair use FAQ.

Copyright Crash Course (

  • Educational fair use guidelines for distance education from the University of Michigan.

Fair Use (ALA) (

  • Outlines basic information about fair use and guidelines.

U.S. Copyright Office: Fair Use (

Basic information about fair use.

Creative Commons & Copyright Licenses

Copyright Basics for Academia Video

  • Comprehensive video about copyright and fair use from the Copyright Clearance Center.

Copyright Clearance Center (

  • Get information about obtaining copyright for your original works.

7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons

  • EDUCAUSE guide to using Creative Commons licensed material.

About Creative Commons Licenses (

  • Learn how to add a Creative Commons License to materials our resources you have created and about how you can use materials with a variety of different CC licenses.

Using Creative Commons Licensed Material in Your Classroom

  • Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.