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Open Educational Resources @ SRU

This guide is designed to provide a resource to members of the SRU Community regarding places to find Open Educational Resources (OER), which permit free use and modification by members of the Academic Community.

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What is an OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work.

How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

OER Textbook Repositories

OER Meta-search Engines

Search via Mason OER Metafinder (MOM):


Simultaneously searches well-known OER repositories like OpenStaxOER Commons, and MERLOT but also HathiTrustDPLAInternet Archive and NYPL Digital Collections where valuable but often overlooked OER materials may be found.

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 71 different sources and contains 165,051 records.

OER Campus Partner: Affordable Learning PA

Rocco Cremonese

Goals of Affordable Learning PA:

Build a community of practice among academic libraries to advance textbook affordability for our students through programs designed to:

  • create awareness of OER
  • build expertise to lead OER initiatives
  • promote best practices and collaboration to achieve affordable learning at their institutions.


License & Copyright Information

Bailey Library Copyright Contact:

Heather Getsay