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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER): Find OER

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources

OER Websites and Search Tips

Instructors can find OER in a variety of resources. Most OER organizations or collaborations have a database or central list of resources that faculty have added. Some databases also feature annotations or faculty feedback. Additionally, many disciplines have their own OER websites. The list below is not comprehensive but can instead be used as a starting point for faculty doing interdisciplinary work or work in any discipline. Remember that not all of the learning materials in these repositories and sources are OER for modifying but most of the content is freely available under Fair Use and/or with attribution.

General Education Search/Prep. Resources

Recorded Lectures & Video Tutorials Search

Open Textbook Search

Modular Course Components

Complete Courses

OER and OCW Search Engines

Open Data Sets

Square one for finding and properly using publicly available data in student projects.



Provides free problem sets for practice. Almost ten textbooks already designed for courses.

A search for all levels.

Over 15 open textbooks covering different levels of calculus, algebra, and statistics.

Free links and pre-developed courses used at Scottsdale.

Complete and high quality textbooks for precalculus, college algebra, and college trigonometry. Includes LaTeX source code for custom texts.

Animated tutorials covering math concepts for higher ed and K-12.

Computer Science

  • EngageCSEdu is a living collection of peer-reviewed course materials from the CS community.  It provides a framework of research-based teaching practices that support diversity


  • What's Her Name Podcast  What’sHerName women’s history podcast is hosted and produced by academic sisters Dr. Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle. Committed to reclaiming forgotten history, What’sHerName tells the stories of fascinating women you’ve never heard of (but should have). Through compelling interviews with guest historians, writers, and scholars, Olivia and Katie bring to life the “lost” women of history. Fascinating and funny, thought-provoking and thoughtful, What’sHerName restores women’s voices to the conversation.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.


Language Learning



Social Sciences

Nursing and Allied Health

HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)

We are a Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. OBP publish monographs and textbooks in all areas, and offer the academic excellence of a traditional press, with the speed, convenience and accessibility of digital publishing.

Explore academic content on JSTOR that is open to everyone, everywhere. Search thousands of free journal articles and open access book chapters.


There are several image and photograph sites which allow you to search for either public domain or CC licensed images.  If you are looking for images, start with these: 

In addition to using the search engines and repositories linked on this guide to find and locate OER, you can also use advanced search features when searching Google, YouTube or Flickr. You will still need to confirm the individual license of the object you select to assure it meets the appropriate CC license.

Google - Use the Advanced Search under Usage Rights select to limit your results to resources which are Free to use, modify or share. More from Google on Usage Rights.

YouTube - After searching by keyword in YouTube, use the Filters feature to filter your results to those videos with a Creative Commons License. Looking for more videos? View the Images, Audio & Video tab!

Flickr - After searching by keyword in Flickr, use the Any License filter feature to filter your results to the appropriate usage license which best suits your usage of the work. Looking for more images?  View the Images, Audio & Video tab!

Creative Commons Search - Please note that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations.

How the Library Can Help.

Librarians are experts in finding and evaluating resources. This includes Open Educational Resources (OER). The library has copyright/ author rights experts as well as librarians with subject expertise that can help you navigate this new and growing area. Please contact your subject librarian or the Exhibit Institutional Repository for more information. They will help you or direct you to someone that might know more about the resource. We also have the following guides:

Affordable Learning Ohio

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)

Galileo Open Learning

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search)