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Copyright and Fair Use: Electronic Texts

Information on copyright law and fair use in an academic setting. This guide is based on guide at Used with permission.


E-books, or electronic books, are versions of a book you can read online.  Some of these books can be printed or downloaded, often a limited number of pages at a time. 

Open Educational Resources & Government Docs

Open Educational Resources
List of open, free educational resources for faculty and students including textbooks.

National Academies Press Most books published by NAP can be downloaded for free in PDF format. Find the book you want, skip the print price and click "Download Free PDF." You must register to use the free downloads.

Government Documents  Materials created by/for the federal government are not copyrighted.

American Memory, Manuscripts and Books and other printed texts  The American Memory project, from the Library of Congress, offers a plethora of copyright-free resources you can link to.