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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide--a work in progress--provides information for learning about open educational resources (OER) and curates a collection of OER repositories for use by Western faculty and staff.

Need some help?

Your Student Learning Librarians are happy to help you look for Open Educational Resources (as they are happy to help find you other learning resources that you can use legally). Reach out to them if you would like assistance with:

  • Finding potential OER textbook options for your discipline or course
  • Locating potential resources, articles, or media for your classes
  • Understanding copyright restrictions of media or content you find online
  • Using, citing, and integrating open resources in presentations, handouts, and other course materials.

Places to Find Open Educational Resources

Looking specifically for textbooks?

Looking for learning objects, media, and ancillaries?

Want to search across multiple collections for all kinds of content?

Pro/con assessments are adapted from the University of Texas Libraries OER guide,, used and adapted with permission thanks to a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.

Discipline-Specific OER Resources

For additional discipline specific resources, the lists from Fox Valley and Kirkwood Community College are very good (and why reinvent the wheel?).

Search for Creative Commons Licensed Media

There are many great resources out there for finding media (images, video, and music) that you can legally use. A Creative Commons license is a good signal for finding usable content. Here are a few of our favorite places for finding media released with a Creative Commons license.




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