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Open Access

Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open Textbooks

BCcampus OpenEd

  • Find a textbook for students & faculty - Search for open textbooks @ BCcampus.  The curated collection aligns with the top 40 subject areas in BC.  Many of these textbooks have been reviewed and vetted by BC post-secondary faculty.
  • Adopt a textbook for faculty - Let BCcampus know if you have adopted an open textbook.  Or, if you are looking for resources on how to adopt a textbook, we have some resources to help.
  • Modify a textbook for faculty - Take advantage of the open textbook Creative Commons license and customize an open textbook to fit your specific needs.  Here are some resources to help you modify an existing open textbook.

If you don't find what you need, try looking in one of the many other established open textbooks and OER collections available. (Content adapted from

Other Open Access Resources

  • BioMed Central - Indexes full-text, peer-reviewed articles in biology and medicine.
  • CanLII - This site contains case law and legislation from across Canada.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography - Biographical information about Canadians deceased from 1000-1920.
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals - Free, full text, quality-controlled, scientific and scholarly journals in all subject areas and languages.
  • First Nations Periodical Index - Contains journals of mainly Canadian Native content.
  • OALIB: Open Access Library - Free Access to 4,225,170 Academic Articles.
  • Points to the Past - Historical databases with primary source material including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more for research, teaching, and learning.
  • PubMed - PubMed is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature
  • PLOS: Public Library of Science - A peer-reviewed open access scientific journal . The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine.

More information related to Open Access content for faculty, researchers, and students can be found in this guide.