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Open Educational Resources (OER): Find OERs

JCU library One Search - searching for OERs

One Search has an option to limit your results to open access

1. Go to One Search
2. Enter your search terms
3. Click Search
4. On the results page, select the Open Access filter
5. Click Apply Filters

You can also limit to particular Content types, such as book, video, images, audio and more by clicking on Content Type. 

screenshot of JCU one search library filter for open access options


A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course freely available to anyone who wants to participate.

MOOCs usually:

  • are free
  • have very large class sizes
  • vary in length
  • vary in workload and time commitment


Public domain

Public domain resources are not covered by copyright, trademark or patent laws usually because the copyright of an item has expired and can be used without seeking the permission of the copyright holder.

The time content takes to enter the public domain varies from place to place and can be dependent on the medium, most commonly in Australia 70 years after the death of the creator for artistic or literary works, photographs, computer programs etc. 

JCU curated OERs by subject

OER journals and repositories

Filtering for reusable content

image of Google advanced search options

1. Enter your search terms into the Google search box

2. Go to Settings > Advanced search > Usage rights

3. Select from the options relating to use, sharing, commercial use and modification

google images logo

1. Conduct your advanced search in Google Images

image of Google advanced image search

2. Go to > Usage Rights

3. Select > Creative Commons Licences

1. Enter your search terms in the Flickr search box

2. Click the 'Any licence' drop down to view and select options to filter your search results to indicate content covered by all CC licences, permitting commercial use, and permitting modification or adaptation. 

image of Flickr website with open access search options selected


1. Enter your search terms in YouTube

2. Go to filters > Creative Commons

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3. This will display items with a CC BY license 

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