Open source educational resources

How to find creative commons material open access journals and educational resources—including open access textbooks.

Creative Commons material

Use the Creative Commons Search

  • Google—go to advanced search
  • expand—date, usage rights, numeric data and more
  • select the usage rights from the drop down menu.

Find images that are free to use

  •—you can search this large image site for Creative Commons material. This is found under the advanced search function.
  •—searches images across the internet and displays the licensing requirements under each image.

Open educational resources

The Library at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has a guide for open educational resources (OERs). OERs are teaching and learning materials freely available online for anyone to use. Different licenses allow for resources to be shared and repurposed by others.

Explore the Library's open educational resources.

Open access resources including textbooks

These resources provide open access to education resources that can be used free of charge in teaching, including open access textbook that students can use at no cost. Please note any attribution requirements of each resource.

If you know of some other good open source educational material that is not included in the list above, email it to