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OERs are resources that are freely available for anyone to use, adapt, distribute, share with no (or minimal) restrictions. These resources include textbooks, images, syllabi, learning modules and data. We can provide guidance on how to leverage the flexibility these resources offer.

The Learning Portal from College Libraries Ontario has an OER Toolkit which provides an overview of the movement, sources for OER content and strategies for adopting and creating this content for your own teaching.

Case studies

mp3 icon Sharing Harvard or Ivey case studies requires payment. For more details, listen to this segment of the icopyright audio series.

Contact Harvard Business Review or Ivey Publishing to purchase class sets.

Library business database alternatives:

  • Search ABI/Inform Global. Select "Case study" or "Business case" as the document type to filter your results.
  • Search Business Source Complete. Check the "Case Study" box to filter your results.
  • Search Warc, the World Advertising Research Centre database. You'll find advertising, marketing and media case studies, many of which are award-winning.

Some business schools/organizations make cases available at no charge. Examples include:


mp3 icon Licence restrictions prohibit the use of Humber's library database content at other institutions. For more details, listen to this segment of the icopyright audio series.

Faculty also cannot use other institutions' resources at Humber. For more details about alternatives, listen to the databases segment of the icopyright audio series.

Start with Humber's databases instead of using outside resources.

Newspaper paywalls

Many newspapers have migrated to a paywall model which limits online access for users who do not have a subscription. Take a minute to listen to how this impacts sharing with students.

Use our newspaper databases instead.

Personal subscriptions

Sharing content from personal online subscriptions requires permission from the publisher.

Check the journal and newspaper collection to see if we have your title. Library content can be shared with students as print-outs or permalinks in Blackboard.


See the cite sources page for relevant guidelines.


Trademark law does not have educational exceptions. Avoid the unauthorized use of any logos.

Some publishers let faculty share instructor resources while others do not. Email us for details.

Work created by students is copyright-protected. Use of their work requires a release form.

There are no limits on the amount faculty can copy for exams and tests.

A licence is required if a performance is for profit.

Students can borrow the equipment listed below from the Library or Learning Commons. Bring your student card to the relevant desk to get the items.