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Critical Thinking: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Moral Panics

If you’re teaching critical thinking and looking for timely and engaging material, why not try a conspiracy theory?

What Are Open Access & Open Educational Resources?

Open Access (OA) resources are materials that are freely available on the web for anyone to access, view, download, print, or distribute freely for lawful purposes. These may be books, web sites, journals, blogs, media, teaching resources, dissertations, etc.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared under any CC license (that does not prohibit derivatives) or released into the public domain, typically created and shared for educational purposes. OER may be freely reused, remixed, revised, retained, and redistributed.

For a detailed explanation of open access resources and the proper use of them, see our OA/OER guide.

Finding OER

The links below are search strings for Mason OER Metafinder. Results include textbooks, book chapters, assignments, lesson plans, syllabi, journal articles, websites, government documents, images, posters, charts, and other material.

Metasearch Engines for OA & OER Materials

The sites listed here search for Open Access and Open Educational Resources including textbooks, courses, assignments, syllabi, lesson plans, journal articles, government documents, and other material.

Open Access at Buley

Many Open Access journal articles and books can be found through SouthernSearch by using the Open Access limiter on the search results page:

SouthernSearch on the Library Home Page


Search results with Open Access limiter

Open Access materials are indicated by the words Open Access and the orange OA logo:

Open Access results