The websites below are general to specific sources for finding open educational resources (OER). Discipline specific sources are at Biology OER, Chemistry OER, and Physics and Astronomy OER. Visit Resources for overview of sources for finding OER and other topics, such as creating contents, copyright, and accessibility.
- Search Engines and Curated Indexes
- Textbook and Ancillary Resource Portals
- Institutional Repositories
- Curated OER LibGuides
Search Engines and Curated Indexes
The OER oriented search engines typically produce similar results, and results often have duplicates and cross-postings.
- Google Advanced Search. How to find Creative Commons materials using Google (PDF). Click on Google Advanced Search button. Enter the search term. Go to the usage rights field (located under Then narrow your results by…), and select the appropriate filter in the drop-down.
- The California State University MERLOT search aggregator (or meta search engine) enables “access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools”. Search the MERLOT Collection, over 50 other digital OER libraries, and the entire Web for online learning materials. Filter by Material type (Textbook, Simulation, etc), Audience (educational level), and Quality (peer-reviewed, award winning), and Format. Browse using the Discipline Index. For details visit MERLOT help.
- Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search aggregator that searches 98 sources including those listed on this page (10/19/19). It was created by librarians at SUNY College at Geneseo and the sources are curated by a librarian. Browse and search All or by Title, Author, Subject, Source and Link. Filter by Material Type, Subject, License and Review.
- Mason OER Metafinder is a search aggregator that launches a real-time, search across 21 different sources. Search All or by title, keywords, author, and date range. Filter results by Type, and Publisher. Sources include: American Memory (Library of Congress) ; AMSER – Applied Math and Science Education Repository ; BC Campus:Open Ed ; Digital Public Library of America ; Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) ; HathiTrust – Full View ;JSTOR Open Access books ; Merlot.Org ;MIT OpenCourseware ; OAOpen.org ; OASIS ; OER Commons ; OERs at Internet Archive ;Open Textbook Library ; OpenStax CNX; Project Gutenberg ; The New York Public Library Digital Collections ; and World Digital Library .
- OpenEd CUNY is a City University of New York (CUNY) librarian curated digital library of open educational resources. Register/Join. Find. Contribute. Create (OER Author tool). Connect. Can search and filter by subject (e.g. physical science, life science), material type and educational level. This is like State University of New York (SUNY) Open Textbook, or OER SUNY, in having an on-line tool for creating OER resources. This search engine is different from the others in designating the course number in which it can be used. STEM resources on CUNY OpenEd
- Borough of Manhattan Community College Links to OER Stem Resources
- OER repositories by Community College Consortium on Open Educational Resources.
Textbook and Ancillary Resource Portals
Many of the following sites are based on project or grant funding and their collections may be limited. They may also have a platform for authoring, adapting, remixing and changing textbooks and other material types.
- Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota) includes OER textbooks that have been reviewed for quality by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities
- Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries. This initiative published high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
- Lumen Learning offers individualized learning experiences and creates digital course materials that replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses and save students millions every term. Candela (ebooks and curated learning materials-$10/enrolled student (ER) as of 10/19/19), Waymaker ($25/ER), and OHM (Lumen Online Homework Manager $25/ER)
- Open NYS is a collaboration between CUNY and SUNY to showcase and support the use of Open Educational Resources.
- OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum. They have the OER Author tool that CUNY customized for OpenEd CUNY .
- Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative provides dozens of college-level courses, and a platform that enables research and experimentation with any aspect of the learning experience.
- OpenStax: A nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University. Their mission is to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom
- CK-12: Provide support primarily for K-12 but also has some free digital College Flexbooks.
- MyOpenMath is a “free, open source, online course management system for mathematics and other quantitative fields. MyOpenMath’s primary emphasis is to facilitate the creation and implementation of online homework and assessment, although it also supports content delivery on a limited basis. MyOpenMath runs on the open source IMathAS platform, providing free hosted use of this platform in support of free, open textbooks like the ones listed on OpenTextBookStore.com.” MyOpenMath can be integrated into BlackBoard.
Many academic institutions have online repositories for storing, finding, and downloading works authored by their faculty, students and staff. Not all the works have an open license. At CUNY, works that are OER have been tagged and can be browsed and searched.
- CUNY Academic Works institutional repository (archives) provides public access to the scholarly and creative work of CUNY. The Open Educational Resources series collects instructional materials — from textbooks to syllabi — created by the CUNY community.
- Digital commons Network gives free access to full-text scholarly articles and other research from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.
Curated OER LibGuides
There are many curated OER and Open Access (OA) library guides (LibGuides). Below are STEM-related guides curated by librarians within the CUNY colleges.
- OER@BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
- LAGCC OER and OA as part of Scholarly Communications Guide for Faculty
Links to Lehman OER Search LibGuide, OASIS, and other finding tools
- Lehman OER and OA
LibGuide include guides for OER/OA Overview, Searching OER Collections, OER by Discipline, Evaluating OER, Developing OER, Creative Commons, Library Resources, Accessibility, Copyright and Fair Use, Images & Video, and Student Perspective on OER
- Hunter OER Includes sites to find and create OER
- Brooklyn College OER Guide for Faculty
- CUNY OER