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Open Educational Resources: Textbooks

How to find, adopt, adapt, and create open educational resources

OER Created/Used at Massachusetts Colleges & Universities

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Many Textbooks Can Also be Found Under Courses, Lectures, & OER Repositories 

Mason OER Metafinder

The Mason OER Metafinder searches 21 targets in real-time, returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it takes a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target. Additional results will trickle in as the search continues running and you begin examining your results.

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Open Access Textbooks (OATs)

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Open Stax

Free, open-source, peer-reviewed, high-quality textbooks for college courses


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Open Stax CNX

View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.


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SUNY Oasis

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 117 different sources and contains 388,707 records.

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Open Culture Textbooks

60+ textbook collections in a wide variety of subject areas.

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Open Textbook Library

A searchable catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. All textbooks in this catalog are openly licensed, complete, and available in print at very little cost.


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Smart History

A free and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook from the Khan Academy; includes multimedia content.