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Copyright for Teachers: Alternative Sources of Content

Based on "Copyright in the Classroom" by Amy Mars at Research Guides, St. Catherine University

Your Library!

Many public libraries and school libraries have access to online resources you can use in your class!

Check with your Media Resources Specialist.

For New Jersey residents, is the statewide list of database/resources, available with your library card number!

Public Domain Sources

Creative Commons & Open Access

Creative Commons licenses allow creators to define uses & conditions under which their works may be used.  These are often uses that are normally protected by copyright, but in these cases are allowable.  For example, if you see this license

it means you are allowed to use, remix and build upon this work as long as your use is noncommerical and acknowledges the creator.

See the full range of licenses, search for CC licensed content, or watch the video below to learn more about Creative Commons.


Open Access content is peer-reviewed scholarship available at not cost to the user.  One place to search for open access journal articles is in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

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