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What are Open Access & Creative Commons resources?

Open Access (OA) resources are works that have
"free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, [allow search engines to] crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself". (Budapest Open Access Initiative CC-BY)
Creative Commons (CC) resources are works that are Open Access AND have been published with a CC license.
All CC licenses allow users to at least: copy the work, distribute it, display or perform it in public, make digital public performances of it. 

What is Creative Commons?
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For an extensive presentation on CC, please visit the CC FAQs hosted by

Is this work OA published under a CC license?

Follow these steps to assess if the work you wish to reuse is OA published under a CC license:

  1. Determine if the copyright status of the work to be shared is OA, also known as Open Educational Resources (OER).

  2. Apply instructions related to the identified copyright status of the work to be shared (see below).

    • The copyright holder will often give instructions via an open licence such as Creative Commons. The different types of Creative Commons licenses and their terms can be found here.

    • If there is no Creative commons license search for the terms and conditions and compare them to the ones in the copyright status box mentioned above.

Also in this guide... will learn more on:

Open Access and Creative Commons may be referred as OA and CC all through this guide.

For further information, visit the FAQs or contact TaSAC

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. You should always seek advice for your individual situation.



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