This guide is meant to support instructors in a variety of disciplines to deliver dynamic teaching materials and enhance the curriculum and student learning by directing them to freely available open educational resources, media, tools, apps and other content, as well as providing guidance to instructors on intellectual property concerns in the online teaching environment. General resources on this page are likely to be of some use to teaching in most colleges and programs. For more specific resources, navigate to the colleges in the left-hand column, then browse by department. Search the entire guide for specific content. Please contact the guide owners to suggest additional content. See how we selected our resources.
Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Open Books, Open Media, Open Textbooks and other teaching materials
Meta sites, source lists and guides
Teaching Support Resources, Guidance, Training and Tools
• Literary works
Copyright law expressly excludes copyright protection for “any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied.”
Main provisions for limitations on exclusive rights in U.S. Copyright Law of interest to educators
17 U.S. Code § 108 (Libraries)
If you feel you do not have a clear-cut fair use case in the classroom, how do you go about seeking permission to use a work?
1. Determine the copyright status of a work (see where to search for copyright status)
2. Contact the copyright owner
3. State your request in as detailed a manner as possible
See U.S. Copyright Office Circular 22, "How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work," and U.S. Copyright Office circular, "How to Obtain Permission" for further details.
The Copyright Crash Course library guide also has a great page on locating rights owners and seeking permission.
Learn where you may need permission to share copyrighted content. To name a few: class handouts, electronic reserves, internet posts, print and electronic coursepacks, web content. And regarding fair use, "Even if it's for educational purposes, no particular use automatically qualifies as fair use." Learn more in this short video from the Copyright Clearance Center.
More takeaways from this video:
More from the Copyright Clearance Center:
Website and resource selections made to this library guide were based on the following criteria:
Generally not included in this guide: