Open Educational Resources (OERs) at Saint Mary's College

This guide is an introduction to Open Educational Resources and how to find, evaluate, use, and adapt OER materials to help reduce textbook costs.

Search for OERs

Open Educational Resources are hosted on a variety of repositories. Search many of these repositories at once with OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) from SUNY Geneseo:


Here are more OER repositories and search engines:

  • BCcampus OpenEd: Supporting the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia, BCcampus OpenEd offers open textbooks in a variety of digital formats, searchable by subject.
  • Mason OER Metafinder: the broadest search of open access books and other educational materials, from George Mason University.
  • MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching): a repository of OER and an international consortium of higher education institutions, including the California State University system.
  • OER Commons: a public digital library of OER, funded by ISKME, an independent education nonprofit located in Half Moon Bay, California.
  • Open Textbook Library: Supported by the Center for Open Education at the University of Minnesota, Open Textbook Library offers more than 690 textbooks across a range of subjects that have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.
  • OpenStax: a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University that offers peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks across a range of disciplines.

Also see these additional resources for finding OERs, including open courses and curated lists of OERs by subject, compiled by the University of Pittsburgh.

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