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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 10

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 10

Week 10: Open Access Movement and Creative Commons

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the history of the open access movement
  • Analyze the impact of the open access movement on scholarly communication
  • Familiarize with frequently used open access platforms
  • Evaluate different creative commons copyright licenses




Readings for the instructor:



You have been approached by a famous writer who makes a living off of her blog/website. She wants to place a Creative Commons copyright license on her work, but she is not sure which one to pick. She knows you have taken this class, so she decides to approach you for help.

Visit the Creative Commons license page here: and use the site to select a Creative Commons license. Paste the license you chose to cover the writer’s blog writing. Briefly explain to her why you chose that license. What were your concerns? What were your goals?

Show students the following tutorial:                                                                                                                        


Lesson Plan

1. Homework review (5 min)

2. Creative Commons Lecture (10 min)

3. Activity: Choosing a creative commons license (10 min)

4. Open access lecture (20 min)

5. Exercise: students find articles in DOAJ (5 min)

6. Week 10 homework (5 min)



To Aaron Swartz, open access research and the free culture movement were some of the most important that he went to extreme lengths to get all of us to pay attention to the scholarly publishing industry. This was meant to demonstrate why all of us need to care about something that sounds so remote - the possibility of free and open access to research online. Write 3-4 sentences to answer each of the following questions. Please refer to the readings in your answer and use MLA style for in-text as well as bibliographic citations.

1. Describe what open access as if you were explaining it to someone completely unfamiliar with it.

2. Should people in the world care about open access and copyright law?

3. How is the open access movement going to change the way people do research? 

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