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Open Educational Resources (OER): Finding OERs

Guide to locating open access textbooks and more

OER Considerations

Use the sites below to locate OER resources for your classes. There are some videos on the right that show how to navigate different search tools like OER Commons, the Open Textbook Library, and the Mason OER Metafinder. If you need help navigating any of the websites or locating materials, make sure to contact a librarian!

Quick Start: Locating Open Access Textbooks

Locating Other Open Learning Resources

OER Search Tools

Take advantage of Google's Advanced Search to limit by results.  Select the appropriate permissions under "usage rights"

Google Advanced Search

Use the Mason Metafinder to search several OER repositories simultaneously.

Search: Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)

The Mason OER Metafinder searches 21 targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so most relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it can take a bit longer than searchers of pre-indexed, curated content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target. 

Use OASIS to search a variety of sources at once

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 57 different sources and contains 159,459 records.


OER Commons

This video shows how to search OER Commons for OERs and also how to navigate to MCC's page on the Open Illinois hub.

Searching Open Textbook Library

This video shows how to browse the Open Textbook Library and access resources.

Searching the Mason OER Metafinder

This videos shows how to search the Mason OER Metafinder.

Journals and Books