Where to Find OER
There are a multitude of OERs on the internet: including open textbooks, courses, multimedia, data, and supplementary materials. Although they can be found easily by searching in regular search engines, there are some well-known resources that have quality OERs that you can use in your course material. Below you can find some examples.
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- OER Commons
- OER Commons offers OER for a variety of subjects and levels.
- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a program of the California State University Long Beach, which hosts a large array of teaching resources and reviews some of these resources to help you find the best resources in their catalog.
- National Science Digital Library
- While not every resource is an OER on the National Science Digital Library, there is a wealth of OER for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education on the site.
- Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) which was developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library is easily searchable by resource (textbooks, course materials, interactive simulations, etc.) to help you find the type of resource you are looking for.
- Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER) is a part of the National Science Digital Library and hosts applied math and science OER resources.
- Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA) offers OERs for both undergraduate and graduate level students based around information literacy topics.
- Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education offers a variety of OER for language learning in 23 different languages.
- Mason OER Metafinder
- A tool that searches simultaneously across 22 major sources of OER, created and maintained by George Mason University and the Mason Publishing Group.
- Rethink Education
- Since 2009, Rethink Education has been providing collegiate level courses in the humanities and sciences.
- Utah State University University Libraries
- Utah State provides open courses in a variety of subjects, including education, history, and theatre arts.
- Open Course Library
- The Open Course Library provides courses and course material in many subjects including American Sign Language, accounting, geology and more.
- Lumen Learning
- Lumen Learning hosts OER for collegiate students in subjects ranging from business to mathematics.
- Saylor Academy
- Saylor Academy is a nonprofit organization that offers open courses that use open content, with nearly 100 peer-reviewed college-level courses.
- Project Gutenberg
- Project Gutenberg offers over 60,000 eBooks, in epub and Kindle eBook formats. A majority of these books are within the public domain.
- Openstax CNX
- Openstax offers OER textbooks in a variety of mathematics and scientific topics.
- Writing Spaces
- Writing Spaces offers peer-reviewed essays about writing written for collegiate students.
- Portland State University
- Portland State University offers OER textbooks in a variety of subjects including language studies, STEM, and the humanities.
- The American YAWP
- The American YAWP is a collaborative open US history textbook that covers from Indigenous America to the recent past.
- NOBA offers OER textbooks on a variety of topics within psychology.
- American Institute of Mathematics
- The American Institute of Mathematics offers a variety of textbooks on mathematics topics for undergraduate students.
- BC Campus Open Ed
- BC Campus is continually adding new OER textbooks in many different subject areas.
- Open Textbook Library
- The Open Textbook Library has over 850 OER textbooks available for educators to use.
- MIT Open Courseware
- This resource offers both open-licensed electronic versions of print books and self-published online books in STEM topics.
- Initiated at the University of California, Davis, this resource offers texts in many subjects, including workforce education materials.
- Milne Open Textbooks (formerly SUNY Open Textbooks)
- A collection of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed within the State University of New York system, managed by Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo
- Pressbooks Directory
- Pressbooks is a platform by which many open textbook authors create and publish their textbooks (NYU Libraries offers Manifold for similar purposes). The Pressbooks Directory is an index of open textbooks published at the various institutions that provide that platform for its open textbook authors
- Creative Commons
- On Creative Commons you can search for images that have Creative Commons licenses or that are in the public domain.
- Getty Search Gateway
- The Getty Search Gateway has a section where you can search for open content images of artistic works.
- Smithsonian Open Access
- The Smithsonian has collected millions of images that are open access into this database.
- Engineering Technology
- Engineering Technology hosts engineering simulations for robotics, renewable energy, and more.
- Canada Open Data
- This database offers open data and datasets about Canada and the Canadian populace.
- Data Europa
- Data Europa hosts datasets from various EU countries.
- This is the US’s federal government’s database and offers open datasets about the US.
As it is sometimes difficult to find specific OER materials, it can be helpful to join OER Digital Communities.
- Holyoke Community College shares a handy list of open access “OER Listservs.”
- The Avalon Project
- The Avalon Project has law, history, and diplomatic documents from ancient times (4000bce-399) to the present-day (post-2000).