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Open Educational Resources: Introduction


Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, skills building and assessment of learning.  They range from individual modules or objects to entire courses, textbooks,  demonstrations, etc.  An Open Textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public.

Essentially these are freely available teaching tools that can be modified and used to enhance or replace traditional textbooks.

Library materials are licensed and available for use in courses.  For more information, see Linking to Library Resources and Course Reserves.

Other OER Resources

Meta Search Engines for OER


JSTOR has launched an Open Access (OA) ebook program with the goal of making this type of scholarship easy for researchers to discover and use, and to preserve this content for future generations of scholars.

JSTOR offers 2,250+ Open Access titles from publishers such as University of California Press, NYU Press, and the RAND Corporation, and we'll add 235 titles from Brill in November 2017. 
All the ebooks are freely available to anyone who would like to use them, with no need to register or log into JSTOR.

Researchers can search all open content, including ebooks and early journal content, at