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OER and Scholarly Communication: OER Resources

A general guide to open educational resources.

Major Sources for Open Access Books and Other OERs

OASIS is maintained by SUNY. You can use advanced search to find textbooks.

JURN Returns a good number of results, which you have to be member of to access.

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)  Maintained by George Mason University, can be searched for more than books.

Directory of Open Access Books

Open Research Library  Beta version now available. Final version available October 2019 with the goal of providing access to 20,000 open access books. Must create a free account.

Google Advanced Search allows searching by Usage Rights. To find open access materials use filters, "free to use or share," "free to use or share even commercially," "free to use, share, or modify,"  and "free to use, share, or modify, even commercially."

Search for OER Resources

There is a good deal of overlap in the OER provided by these organizations. Also many may be found in the major sources for open access books and OERs.


OpenStax/OER Commons

Open Education Consortium

MIT Open Courseware - **COVID-19 Special access: MIT Press Direct - until 5/31/2020

Saylor Academy Course Catalog

Walbash Center Syllabi Collection Wide ranging collection of syllabi in religious studies maintained by the Walbash Center, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Community of Online Research Assignments

Maintained by librarians at Loyola Marymont University. Originally funded by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.


Figshare  Researchers can share most research output (e.g. data, video, papers). Free to access.

H20 Classroom Tools  This is a repository which allows sharing and modification (in some cases) of course materials. Those which are linked to Harvard University's licensed databases may need to modified here for use (i.e. linked to our databases). Consult a librarian for assistance. This was created by Harvard University and was originally intended for Law but now encourages use by faculty in other disciplines. It is a product of Harvard Library Lab


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