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Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing, as well as for research purposes.


OCLS librarians have curated a list of Open Educational Resources collections and repositories. 


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This section will answer these questions and more. 

  • What materials can I link in my Brightspace course?
  • How much of a book can be used in my course?



Interlibrary Loan

Students cannot use Interlibrary Loan to obtain required textbooks or articles. 




Copyright & Fair Use


Print Books

  • U.S. Copyright law does not allow us to upload or embed PDF files from books into the course. 
  • Courts previously endorsed the 10% rule as fair use.
  • For more information, read What is the 10% rule in copyright? by David Swisher (IWU N&G Senior Learning Experience Designer).
  • For print books, OCLS needs to have a copy of the book on our reserve bookshelf.  
  • Pages (10% of the book or less) are scanned and kept by OCLS.
  • Students will need to contact OCLS to request the pages. 


Library Resources


Fair Use

  • Fair use permits a party to use a copyrighted work without the copyright owner's permission for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.
  • It is best to ALWAYS ask for permission. 
  • For more information, read What is "fair use" under US copyright law? by David Swisher (IWU N&G Senior Learning Experience Designer).


Copyrights & Fair Use

By Shawn Matter, IWU University Counsel


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Download and use the branded outreach materials below that explain services to students and answer the question, "Why does it matter to me?".

Post these branded snippets in your Brightspace announcements or send them to students who may find them helpful. 


OCLS Tutorials Snippet


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OCLS Personalized Search Plan Snippet


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Academic Writer Snippet


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Grammarly Snippet


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