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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Books, Videos, Courses, Articles

This guide offers ideas and resources for faculty interested in locating, adapting, or creating fully open learning materials as well as freely accessible and lower-cost textbooks and learning resources.

Major Online Book Repositories

The collections below help researchers efficiently locate materials among millions of digitized materials and resources in archives and special collections. Many materials are free online. Some contain books only; others have videos, images, and more.

Open Audio

Open Access/Freely Accessible Articles

Open Article Repositories and Databases. Open article collections continue to grow and emerge.  A web search of "free article databases" (or similar wording) brings a wealth of choices.  Representative collections include these:

Students registered at an Auraria Campus institution can use Auraria Library article materials from anywhere. Teaching unaffiliated students? Here are some options!

Public Libraries.  Even if students live nationwide, they'll have a public library they can use.  Though public libraries have collections geared to their communities, with fewer scholarly materials than academic libraries, they may offer just what your students need through online, general, and special collections, and interlibrary loan.

Academic Libraries.  Many academic libraries welcome local users, though borrowing and use privileges will be proscribed.

Identify both public and academic libraries worldwide through LibWeb, linked below.

Open Videos and Courseware

  • The major OER repositories include videos searchable and identified by license, including Libretext, OER Commons, and Merlot.
  • The Video and Streaming Media Guide linked below contains pointers to both:
    • Streaming video collections available through the Auraria Library
    • Free documentary, educational, and feature films

Sites offering full, free courses: