Alternative online resources

Texts and Course Materials

The Public Library of Science (PLoS)
http://www.plos.org
A non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

Critical Commons
http://criticalcommons.org
Critical Commons is a non-profit advocacy coalition that supports the use of media for scholarship, reasearch and teaching, providing resources, information and tools for scholars, students, educators and creators.

Directory of Open Access Journals
http://www.doaj.org
A directory of over 6,000 open access journals from around the world

Directory of Open Access Repositories
http://www.opendoar.org
Directory of links to over 1,700 institutional and discipline-based repositories around the world
 
JURN
http://www.jurn.org
A curated academic search-engine, indexing 4,290 free ejournals in the arts & humanities.
 
Open Culture
http://www.openculture.com 
The free cultural and educational media on the web

Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org
A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to Books, Movies, Music, and 150-billion archived web pages.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
http://ocw.mit.edu
is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT Open CourseWare course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
 
MERLOT
http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm 
Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues.

Open Courseware Consortium
http://www.ocwconsortium.org
An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university‐level educational materials.

Open Educational Resources Commons
http://www.oercommons.org/
Find free-to-use teaching and learning content from around the world.


Images and Video

Flickr Creative Commons  
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their photos under a Creative Commons licenses. Browse or search through content under each type of license.

Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and  freely‐licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone.  It currently contains 10,473,024 files and 102,230 media collections.  

National Science Digital Library
http://www.nsdl.org
The nation's online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (U.S.A.)   

Health Education Assets Library  
http://mwdl.org/collections/1282.php
Free, high‐quality digital materials for health sciences education.

Dreamstime
http://www.dreamstime.com
Download high quality royalty‐free images for as low as C$0.21/image or free 

Open Clip Art
http://openclipart.org
The Open Clip Art Library (OCAL) is a collaborative collection of clip art style images available for use, for free, with no restrictions. Images are created and uploaded by OCAL users. The images are organized by title, tags, and occasionally, into user created collections.

123RF
http://www.123rf.com/
10's of thousands of free images accessed via the "free stock images" link on the home page.
 
Stock.xchng
http://sxc.hu/
StockXchange, one of the first sites to 'share' stock photos, a range of licenses, some require attribution or permission, owned by getty images to promote their microstock

Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/
Vimeo is quickly becoming both a popular video share website and a social networking site. It's a common place for budding videographers to showcase their short films and original videos to other filmmaking enthusiasts. The site is also popular with a few professionals as a place to store and showcase their work.