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Open Educational Resources: Citing OERs

Please Note!

Neither the APA Manual or Cites & Sources provide instructions on citing open resources. The examples provided below are based on recommendations from publishers, and from colleagues at other libraries. If you are struggling to cite an open resource, please contact the Library.

Citing Open Resources

Start by creating your citation as normal, using your format of choice. In the examples below, the citation are formatted using the 7th edition of APA Style. Each addition is highlighted in red in the examples.

Format: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title. Publisher.
Example: Burrough, X. & Mandiberg, M. (2019). Digital Foundations. BCcampus.

In the case of open textbooks, the publisher will be the organization that makes the resource available; BCcampus, eCampus Ontario, and OpenStax are all examples of publishers. The location may not be available; this is okay.

Next, add the URL of the open textbook:

Example: Burrough, X., Mandiberg, M. (2019). Digital FoundationsBCcampushttps://open.bccampus.ca/browse-our-collection/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=8751756a-772c-4232-bd7e-89f87f9d71b9&contributor=&keyword=&subject=

Finally, if the information is available, include an indication if it has been released under a particular creative commons license:

Example:
 Burrough, X., Mandiberg, M. (2019). Digital FoundationsBCcampushttps://open.bccampus.ca/browse-our-collection/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=8751756a-772c-4232-bd7e-89f87f9d71b9&contributor=&keyword=&subject=, Licensed under CC BY 4.0.

If you are unsure of how to find any of the information required for your citation, please contact the Library. We'll be happy to help!

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