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Open Educational Resources & Textbook Affordability

This guide is an introduction to the use and creation of Open Educational Resources faculty & staff at the University of Oregon

Browse and Search for OER

Open educational resources can be defined as "textbooks [or other materials] that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed." Typically open textbooks are available as a pdf, epub, or html files that are available at no cost to students and instructors. True open content is licensed so that it can be freely printed, distributed, and even adapted, with correct attribution. Vendors like Amazon and Lulu may be able to provide print copies of open texts, and they can be printed locally as well. (WSU Libraries, OER LibGuide)

Search for Free Materials

These search engines will search multiple sites with open content that can be reused as is, as well as collections with licenses allowing modification and adaptions for your own teaching needs.

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Advanced Search Simultaneously searches more than 50 open material sites and over 155,000 resources. Developed by Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo.
Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)
Advanced Search Developed by George Mason University, this metafinder simultaneously searches 18 OER sites and primary source repositories.

CSU Online Course Materials Search

Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE eTextbooks. You may need to try a few, such as ISBN's associated with paperback, hardback, etc.


Recommended Starting Points

Below are the repositories we recommend you use to start your search for OER textbooks and course materials. 

Next Steps

If you would like to see other OER options, these are some other repositories you explore.  Also, if you're not finding what you need, remember that you can also contact your OER Librarian or your discipline's Subject Specialist for further assistance. 

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