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Freely Available Research Resources: Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides a list of high-quality teaching, learning and research materials that are freely available online. The guide includes links to Open Educational Resources and Open Access resources.


Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium - digital or otherwise - that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (

OER usability:

  • Suitable for instructors, students, self-learners
  • Free online resources
  • They may be reused and/or customized
  • They often use Creative Commons copyright licenses
  • They may be accessed via

Governed by the principles of:

  • Universal sharing of information and knowledge
  • Information sharing for human development


Creative Commons Licenses

OER Rights and Privileges

Find OER Resources

Title Access Information
The Open Textbook Library oercommons Textbooks, lesson plans, lesson modules, lecture notes and slides, syllabi, assignments, podcasts and videos, training materials.  Includes resources across all disciplines with use ratings to guide you.
Teaching Commons teachingcommons The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities.  Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, mulitimedia, and more
OpenStax openstax One of OER's leading proponents is OpenStax, a nonprofit corporation based out of Rice University. OpenStax has created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low-cost in print.  Searchable via oercommons


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Find and Evaluate OER

There are many rubrics for evaluating OER materials.  They are evaluated with the same standards that guide the faculty in selecting teaching and learning materials.

Liaison Librarians are available to assist with finding and evaluating materials. You may also adopt the rubrics below: