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Open Access

open access symbolWelcome to the Open Access Resources collection from the Archbishop Alemany Library.  All of the materials are open and available for public viewing, but please keep in mind that copyright restrictions may vary.  Open Access Resources are often still under copyright but can be freely used in various ways. The Open Access model simply shifts the cost from the user to others in the publishing supply chain. You must use the same methods to evaluate how you can use OA materials as you would any other work. Cite open access materials as you would any other work. Check to see if the work has a creative commons license and follow the guidelines of the license. 

Please be aware and respectful of copyright restrictions, many of the materials are in the public domain or may be used under a Creative Commons license, while others have all rights reserved under U.S. Copyright law. Each site, or sometimes each image, has information on rights restrictions.  Look for links to Terms and Conditions, Terms of Use, About Us, or similar links on the site that explain any rights restrictions; read below for more information on various rights. Please contact a librarian If you need help in determining copyright status.

Copyright Restrictions


Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. 

If material is under copyright, you'll need permission from the copyright owner to include the material in your work.

Public Domain

Once a work falls into the public domain, it is no longer copyrightable and anyone may use public domain works without the permission of the copyright holder, who is no longer entitled to the exclusive rights of a copyright holder. These works can be excellent choices for use in teaching and research because there are no permissions required for their use. 

Creative Commons

A growing number of works are produced with a Creative Commons license. This type of license allows the content producer to specify how his or her content can be used, reused, and repurposed. For example, a Creative Commons license on a video may allow for non-commercial use on the condition that attribution is made to the content creator. Be sure to review the license on a given work to see the unique restrictions.

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Michael Pujals
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