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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This libguide defines what Open Educational Resources (OER) are as well as demonstrates how to find OER Resources.

How to Find For Zero Textbook Cost Classes

Finding OER Resources and Importing OER Courses into Canvas

Open Access Content in OneSearch

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One can search "open access" content in West Los Angeles College Library's OneSearch (library catalog) system.


OER Titles in OneSearch

Open Textbook Library

OpenStax College

Open SUNY Textbooks

Using Google Advanced Search

The Google search engine has an ‘advanced search’ that lets you search by ‘usage rights’ for content published to the Internet under an open license. The Advanced Search dialogue can be found under the Settings function or can be directly accessed at

Other OER Search Resources and Training

You can explore a vast list of OER Repositories and other search utilities on the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources site.

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)
This utility, from George Mason University Libraries, searches across 16 OER repositories at once. You can add or remove sources to modify your search targets. You can try out the Mason OER Metafinder by typing in a search term below.

Merlot SmartSearch
This utility, allows one to see search and view OER from the MERLOT Collection, Other Libraries, or The Web.

The platform that they have built at ecoText gives users the ability to collaborate with each other through text threads integrated within
the actual content that they are reading. Right now they have over 75,000 titles in their library with the majority of that content being Open Educational Resources.  They have partnered with OpenStax, Merlot, and Skills Commons and their product can work with Canvas.
A resource to search and find OER Political Science material.

Open Washington's Repository of OER Content
This repository of OER content was compiled by the Open Washington.

Allen Hancock College's OER LibGuide
Hancock College's OER Guide, based off of WSU's Excellent OER LibGuide.

San Mateo Community College District OER Website
Virtual OER Petting Zoo will help you explore resources chosen by SMCCCD colleagues.

LibreTexts is home to the largest collection of open educational resources online.

OASIS Search
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 90+ different sources and contains over 350,000 records. OASIS is maintained at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library.

Open Educational Resources (OER): Find OER
This list of OER Websites and search tips from the University of Illinois includes repositories of recorded lectures, videos, open textbooks, modular components, complete courses, and other OER search engines.

Open Educational Resources: Big List of Resources
The Big List is a comprehensive list of OER repositories and search utilities, including complete courses, artwork, multimedia, and open access books.

OER Commons
A repository with 73,000 kinds of OER, along with tools for creating OER, training on how to use OER and the ability to create OER.

Open Oregon Educational Resources promotes textbook affordability for community college and university students, and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.

Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Library's books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

OpenStax offers peer-reviewed OER textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most college courses. Low-cost print editions are also available.

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
A collection of open, peer-reviewed academic books on a variety of subjects.

BCcampus OpenEd
Peer-reviewed textbooks collected by the province of British Columbia.