Open Educational Resources (OERs) are materials created under Creative Commons, a public copyright license that gives others permission to share or add to an otherwise copyrighted work for educational use.

OER Metafinder Sources

As previously noted, OER are basically anything you can utilize in a course that are open to use - from full courses to textbooks, from individual modules to media components.  Unfortunately, there isn't a single tool that harvests everything for us, so below are two metafinder resources that you can use to help identify OER materials. 

SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library - Searches 98 discovery sources including those marked with #

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) 
George Mason Univ.  - Simultaneously searches across 21 discovery sources* as well as public domain sources including Hathi Trust, Internet Archives, Digital Public Libraries of America (DPLA), etc. 

CC Search - Searches 12 major repositories of CC image content online. This collection includes 300 million images. New version of this tool which allows you to create an attribution statement, save to lists and more. 

OER Discovery Sources - Textbooks


American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) - Open Textbook Initiative

BCcampus - British Columbia, Canada

Cool4Ed Course Showcase - CSU Office of the Chancellor

CoreEcon - Open access platform for economics 

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) - DOAB Foundation (Dutch)

LibreTexts - 1,000+ open, online books across the curriculum, includes learning objects.

Merlot * - CSU Program

Milne Open Textbooks - Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo manages and maintains a catalog of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff.

OER Commons * - ISKME Educational Non-Profit

Open Oregon - OERs adopted by Oregon community college and university

OpenStax  # - Rice Univ. Educational Technology Non-Profit

Open SUNY Textbooks # - Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo 

Open Textbook Initiative - The American Institute of Mathematics 

Open Textbook Library *# - Univ. of MN Center for Open Education

Open Textbook Store - Collection of open textbooks

Pressbooks Directory - Index of over 1650 Pressbooks published across 80 PressBook networks

SkillsCommons - Workforce Development - U.S. Dept of Labor 

SUNY OER Services - A curated collection of OER for SUNY courses

ZTC Textbooks - College of the Canyons - links to all their OER texts

OER Discovery Sources - Course Outlines and Modules

Lumen Learning - Course Search

Merlot * - CSU Program

OER Commons * - ISKME Educational Non-Profit

Open Course Library - Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

Open Yale Courses - Yale University

MIT Open Courseware (OCW) - Mass. Institute of Technology

Saylor Academy - Primary initiative of the non-profit Constitution Foundation

SkillsCommons - Workforce Development - U.S. Dept of Labor 

Serendipity - Univ. Tecnica Particular de Loja (Equador)

Webcast Berkely - UC Berkeley

Media and Other Resources

ASCCC OERI Image Collection Links

Applied Math and Science Education Repository - AMSER is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use in community and technical colleges but free for anyone to use.

Bio-Image Search - Stanford's Lane Medical Library has developed a useful, rights-based search tool for biomedical images.

ClipSafari - Public domain images you can freely use for personal and commercial use without attribution to the original author.

Creative Commons

CreateHER - Authentic stock photography collection featuring women of color. (Freemium)

DigCCMixter - music for videos, games, app, podcasts or just for listening

The Gender Spectrum Collection (free)- Stock Photos Beyond the Binary - A stock photo library featuring images of trans and nonbinary models that go beyond cliches.

Google Advanced Search - Search by Usage Rights

Lardbucket Collection - Various formerly textbook publisher titles 

LGBTQ Stock Photo Collections -

LibriVox - free public domain audiobooks

nappy - Stock image collection filled with "beautiful, high-res photos of Black and Brown people"

The Noun Project - a platform empowering the community to build a global visual language of icons and symbols that everyone can understand. 

Open Library

Open Peeps - Hand drawn illustration library 

PhET Interactive Simulations - Univ. of Colorado Boulder (Math/Sci)

Pixaby - royalty free, high quality stock images and videos

Public Domain Clip Art

Public Domain Review - guide to finding interesting public domain works online

Springer Open Journals 

TED Talks

TONL - Find culturally diverse stock photos that represent the true world we live in. (Freemium)

Unsplash - Free, high-resolution photos

Wikimedia Commons - freely usable media files

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