This page listed different basic information on Open Educational Resources (OER), collected from various library websites.

Choosing and Using Creative Commons Licenses

Outlines things to think about before applying Creative Commons license to your material or using Creative Commons-licensed materials.

Contains information on how to choose the appropriate license for your work.

Learn how to mark your work with a Creative Commons license.

Provides some good (and not so good) examples of attribution.

Easily cite open materials. This tool will automatically generate the attribution for you.

Metafinders & Dedicated Repositories
  • VIVA Open: Collection of Open Education Resources (OER) adopted, adapted, and/or created by faculty and higher education professionals at Virginia institutions. You can also join VIVA Open’s network of educators committed to open education.
  • Mason OER Metafinder (MOM): A wide-ranging, real-time federated search engine to find a variety of open educational content. Use this search tool when you’re looking for something very precise or narrow.
  • MERLOT: MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.
  • OASIS (SUNY): Developed at SUNY at Geneseo’s Milne Library. Search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. Limit search by resource type, license type and reviews.

Repositories have been created to make it easier to find and access available OERs.  Use the list of OER repositories below to discover OERs!
  • BASEThe BASE search engine provides access to more than 240 million documents from more than 8,000 content providers. You can access the full text of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library in Bielefeld, Germany.
  • COERLL: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language LearningThe Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC’s) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings.
  • Commonwealth of Learning Hosted by the Government of Canada, The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is the world’s only intergovernmental organization solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. COL helps developing Commonwealth countries increase their access to learning using distance education and appropriate technologies. Some course materials are available.
  • eCampusOntario Open LibraryAccess to more than 250 free and openly-licensed educational resources. eCampusOntario has sought to continually improve the library to meet the needs of Ontario’s post-secondary educators and learners.
  • Hathi Trust HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
  • JSTOR – Open Access BooksMore than 2,000 Open Access ebooks covering a wide variety of disciplines are available at no cost to the public. Users don’t need to register or log in, and there are no DRM restrictions or limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing.
  • The NROC Project NROC course content is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and is available at no cost for individual use.
  • OER CommonsProvides a single point of access to the highest quality content from around the world. Users can search across vetted and fully-indexed OER, ensuring a high level of resource relevancy and discovery. Since these resources are ‘open,’ they are available for educational use, and many hold Creative Commons licenses that allow them to be repurposed, modified and adapted for a diverse array of local contexts.
  • Open Course LibraryThe Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources, or OER) are paired with low-cost textbooks ($30 or less).
  • Open CulturePortal to cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.
  • OpenDOAR OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.
  • Saylor AcademyNonprofit initiative offers free and open online courses to all who want to learn. Offers nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now — at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.

OER Courseware from Colleges & Universities
  • Academic Earth Provides access to video lectures from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale a comprehensive collection of free online college courses.
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Open Learning InitiativeMultiple subjects. Anyone can use the courses without registering, but work will not be saved. Lessons include quizzes. There are materials for students and faculty. Accessing material is free and instructors can set up a course for their students which will include metrics to track their progress.
  • Delft University of Technology – OpenCourseWare – Delft University of Technology is the largest and most comprehensive university of engineering sciences in the Netherlands. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality.
  • Kutztown University – Free Online Learning ProgramsThe Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers free business courses online. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
  • MIT OpenCourseWareMIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
  • Northeastern University – Pandemic Teaching Initiative – Module LibraryThis initiative uses the radical disruption brought about by COVID-19 as an opportunity to deepen learning about pandemic-related issues from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. These open-access modules include learning objectives, lectures by Northeastern professors, readings, videos, suggested assignments, and additional resources for those who want to learn more about the module’s topic. Each module contains the equivalent of a week’s content for an academic course.
  • OpenLearn Free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community.
  • Open Michigan, University of MichiganCollection of openly licensed educational resources from the University of Michigan, ranging from course materials to videos to software tools to student work, ready for downloading and remixing: literature, science and the arts, architecture + urban planning, dentistry, education, engineering, information, medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health, public policy, social work.
  • Penn State University – Open Education Resources – Substantial portions of the resources provided to students, resources are available for reuse by teachers and learners worldwide: Energy and Mineral Engineering, Geography, Geosciences, Materials, Science and Engineering, Meteorology, Earth and Environmental Systems, Outreach Resources
  • Stanford University – Stanford Engineering EverywhereFor the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists, and other course handouts take quizzes and tests and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.
  • SUNY OER ServicesA support organization for SUNY institutions looking to build, support, and expand Open Educational programs and practices. We help lower the cost of higher education for students and empower faculty to use course materials most suited to their needs.
  • UC Irvine Open The University of California, Irvine’s OCW is a web-based repository of various UC Irvine courses, video lectures, seminars and other learning resources.
  • UC San Diego PodcastsProvides technology services, support, and resources to the UC San Diego academic community, facilitating teaching and learning in service of the university’s educational mission. Our efforts are grounded in a commitment to quality, collaboration, customer focus, innovation, and inclusiveness.
  • Yale University – Open Yale Courses Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.


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