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Open Educational Resources

Using Library Resources as Course Materials

students using laptop in the libraryLibrary resources are generally not considered to be Open Educational Resources since they are usually purchased or licensed. But using library resources, such as ebooks, online journal articles, and streaming media, can lower textbook costs for students. These are high-quality resources that students can access at no additional cost.

Before using these resources you must check for copyright and/or licensing restrictions, and be aware that not all library resources (especially ebooks) allow multiple, simultaneous users. 

If you are unsure whether a licensed resource is a good candidate to use in your course, or have questions about how to integrate these materials into your Canvas site, please contact us.

Adding content to courses

The best practice for adding content to courses is linking to the content in a database rather than posting the full-text document. Please ask a librarian for help making sure the links are formatted correctly. We are happy to help!