*Be sure to check with a librarian if using library licensed materials to ensure unlimited access is available to your students.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities.
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Based out of Rice University, OpenStax is one of the most widely used sources of free and open access textbooks. The textbooks here tend to focus more on general subjects and can be particularly useful for general education and introductory courses for disciplines. However, their content can be freely adapted for upper-level courses as well.
OER Commons is a digital public library of open access materials, including textbooks, syllabi, and so much more.
Merlot was born out of California State University's open access initiatives and includes the evaluation of online teaching materials.
Open access materials can be searched using the library's main search. Choose "Open Access via the Library" in the search above to do a keyword search for open access ebooks. Once there, you can further narrow your results by discipline and subject heading.
Licensed library materials are all the books, journals, articles, and other resources the library subscribes to. Although not "open" in the sense that anyone can access or alter them, they are freely available at no cost to students or faculty, and can still significantly reduce textbook costs. To find these resources, choose "Library eBooks (Licensed)" in the search box above.
Physical items owned by faculty or the library may be placed on reserve at the library’s front desk for students to borrow and use more easily.
Electronic materials or partial scans of physical materials may be placed on electronic reserve for students to view online. However, all reserves are subject to copyright and policy limitations.
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