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Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Course Content (ACC)

Learn about OER and ACC, including how to find, evaluate and create open resources, and how to acquire affordable course materials through the libraries.

Using Library Resources in Canvas

Rather than downloading and providing a PDF to your students, it is important to provide a link to the resource instead.

  • Some of our licensing agreements require this.
  • We are able to track usage and maintain statistics.

For offcampus access, it is necessary to provide the Libraries proxy link. See below.

Linking to Full Text Library Resources

In order to avoid copyright issues with re-scanning or downloading an article for your students to read, you may provide a link to articles or other items available through library subscription. 

Note: If you want students to access the materials from offcampus, the URL should have an indication that it is for ODU users. If there is no "odu" indication in the URL, you should add the following prefix:

For items in library databases, there should be a "Permalink," "Stable" or "persistent" URL, or "Document URL" in the full record from the results list. Using this URL, your students will be directed back to the database entry to get the PDF or html version. They can also get the citation from the database entry. If the ODU proxy is not part of the URL, you need to add it: 


Digital object identifiers (DOIs) provide permanent access to the full-text of many of the items in our collections. If you want your students to go directly to the pdf, use the proxy prefix with the doi so that your students can access the materials from off-campus:  


NOTE: be sure the actual link includes the full url with both proxy and article.

Linking to Factiva Articles

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