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Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others.

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

At Hewlett, we use the term “open education” to encompass the myriad of learning resources, teaching practices and education policies that use the flexibility of OER to provide learners with high quality educational experiences. Creative Commons defines OER as teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities– retaining, remixing, revising, reusing and redistributing the resources." [1]

OER Commons

"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared."


Source: University of West Florida Library.



Stone- Robinson Library lists some popular open-access (free) resources:


Springer Link open journals and books are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication. They are subject to high-level peer review, author and production services ensuring quality and reliability of the work. Authors publishing with Springer Open retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under a Creative Commons license.

Deep Blue provides access to the work that makes the University of Michigan a leader in research, teaching, and creativity. ​

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks -

Choose between free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them, or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks for you to enjoy.

Alabama Virtual Library  –
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and residents of the State of Alabama with 24/7 online access to premier library and information.

Digital Public Library of America –

Khan Academy Free Online Courses, Lessons, and Practice tests, including High School, College, and Life Skills –

Open Library –
The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.

Saylor Academic Open Textbooks –
Want more resources for your classroom?  Saylor Academy’s courses are built from curated OER and are openly licensed for reuse — you can adopt and adapt our materials to meet your needs.

National Academies Press –
Unlike some of the open textbook initiatives, these books are publicly available but not openly licensed.  You can link to the content and even link directly to specific pages.  However, you cannot remix and redistribute the content.

The Directory of Open Access Books –
This site is a clearinghouse of links to books hosted in various locations and includes a large selection of international textbooks.

- Additional Resources - 

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Research Online Tutorials by Austin Community College Library

Tutorials on plagiarism, evaluation resources, writing your research paper and some much more.

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