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Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER Search Basics

A guide for FHSU faculty and students to help navigate the world of OERs.

What to Expect

  • Like any type of research, searching for OERs takes time. Don't be discouraged if you don't find what you're looking for right away.
    • If you don't want to conduct your own search, the Library takes search requests--contact your library liaison for details.
  • Basic search strategy:
    • Start with major OER repositories and meta-searches (tools that search multiple repositories at once).
    • Continue to smaller repositories and subject-specific repositories (if there are any).
    • Do a Creative Commons Search to find resources not in repositories.
    • Ask for help. Your liaison librarian, professional organizations, and list-servs are all great resources.
  • Networked search strategy:
    • Check discipline-specific blogs, websites, and list-servs. Your colleagues may have created resources that you are unaware of!
    • Use open-access scholarly articles, such as those listed on the "Open Journals & Articles" tab, or articles posted on the authors' personal professional websites.
    • Check for other zero-cost resources, such as those listed on the "Other Zero-Cost Resources" tab, which include free websites and library resources.
  • Since most open licenses allow editing, you may find multiple versions of the same resource. 
  • If you find something that is not quite perfect and the license allows it, consider doing some of your own editing.

Major Open Textbook Repositories

Major Non-textbook Repositories and Meta-Searches


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