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Faculty Select - Temporary Access
Faculty Select is an OER search tool that is normally offered by subscription. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this resource is temporarily open for all faculty to find OER and DRM-free ebooks.
Find Open Textbooks
These OER textbook repositories are good places to start your search for OER.
Find Other OER
These collections contain some textbooks, but also ancillary materials such as test banks, lecture notes, web content, videos, presentations, and more.
Tips for Finding OER
OER is often housed in online collections or repositories. Because even strong collections are not always well-crawled by Google, you may have to dig a bit. You can start with a metasearch tool. Tools like the Mason OER Metafinder (below) and OASIS Metasearch will allow you to search across platforms, which can save a lot of time.
- Search directly in relevant repositories, like the ones listed on the left. OpenStax is great for intro or survey class texts, where Merlot and OER Commons are better for finding supplementary materials. Open Textbook Library and BCcampus include a lot of both!
- Some repositories are discipline-specific or have better disciplinary coverage than others. Seek out repositories that seem to cover your discipline well.
- Use the subject headings and filters in the repositories to weed out what you don't want.
"Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)" created by the librarians at Tacoma Community College is a great resource that includes extensive lists of subject and discipline specific OER, images, video and audio. They have also collected all the resources together on one page for simple finding.
AMSER (Applied Math & Science Educational Repository)
A portal of educational resources and services built for Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
COERLL (Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning)
COERLL resources contain language development and performance online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.
Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments)
An open access resource and collaborative space for faculty and librarians for adapting and experimenting with research assignments.
MERLOT Virtual Labs
Growing collection of free virtual labs, experiments, and simulations used in teaching the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines in higher education.
BCcampus-OER by Discipline Guide
The BCcampus Open Education OER by Discipline Guide lists a range of open educational resources organized by discipline. This guide is updated as new resources are identified.
OER by Discipline Guide: McMaster University
This annotated list of OER by discipline is itself an OER! By Joanne Kehoe and Olga Perkovic, McMaster University.
Open Images, Video, and Multimedia
Image simple search.
Flickr hosts millions of Creative Commons-licensed images. Click the "Any license" filter to narrow down to images with different kinds of open licenses.
What if I Find Nothing?
Not all disciplines and subject areas are equally represented in OER repositories. If you can’t find what you need, consider:
- Asking the subject specialist librarian in your area to help
- Using library resources, such as articles and e-books, instead of textbooks
- Modifying an existing OER or creating your own! UI’s OpenHawks OER grants can provide funding and support for such a project.
Evaluating a Textbook
When deciding whether to adopt an OER, you’ll need to spend the same time evaluating it as you would a regular textbook. These guides can help: