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Open Access: Introduction to OA

Information about open access and links for finding freely available open access resources online.

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Open Access (OA) refers to academic literature that is available free of access barriers, and often free of copyright and licensing restrictions. Authors designate their products as OA primarily through publishing in OA journals (referred as gold OA), or self-archiving in institutional or disciplinary repositories (green OA).

Source: Peter Suber, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

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OA vs OER: What's the difference?

Open Access (OA) focuses primarily on scholarly literature like articles and monographs. Open Educational Resources (OER) typically refers to learning objects, including textbooks, lesson plans, syllabi, lectures, and course modules.

Source: Sarah Crissinger, Openness: Introduction

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