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Fair Use : Accessibility of materials

A guide to fair use and copyright, and how those subjects relate to academic teaching.

Making materials accessible for students: getting started

How can you make the course materials available low-cost / no-cost to your students? *Our recommendations to get your started are listed below. 


**Long term: 

  • Retain copyright ownership of your work, when possible.
  • Publish your materials in an Information Repository or Creative Commons that makes materials available at licensing levels you determine.
  • When you publish an article in a journal, encourage the editors to make the journal's material available without permission for educational use.
  • Create open-access digital textbooks that are freely accessible for your students. 


Open-access textbook databases:

H20 Open Casebooks: H2O helps law faculty create and have access to high quality, open-licensed digital textbooks for free.

Libretexts: The freely-available textbooks within the Libretext database "are part of a huge network that provides not just single textbooks, but an infinitely large library through which new texts can be developed & shared."


*Whenever we speak of accessibility in this Guide, we're limiting our discussion to reducing or eliminating students' financial costs related to textbook purchases. For a discussion of accessibility relating to abilities and disabilities, please refer to the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning's site here

** Adapted from American University Washington College of Law's list detailing how to make materials more accessible to students. 

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