Finding Open Educational Resources
Need help finding OER resouces?
Fill out the RSC Libraries OER request form here and a librarian will get back to you.

Best site for discovering OER resouces:

 OASIS Search: OER search tool developed at SUNY Geneseo; will simultaneously search open content from 80 different sources and contains more than 330,000 records.

Other Sites for discovering OER resouces:

Open Textbook Library: A collection of more than 600 complete, open textbooks. All textbooks have been reviewed by faculty, and are either in use at multiple higher education institutions, or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

OpenStax: Nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University. OpenStax textbooks are included in Open Textbook Library, but this site provides additional free resources for verified instructors, such as PowerPoint slides and solutions to end-of-chapter problems.  

OER Commons: Access to textbooks, syllabi, lesson plans, assessments, lecture notes, and much more. 

LibreTexts: Online platform for the construction, customization, and dissemination of open educational resources.

 Merlot: Access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners, and researchers.

  Bccampus Open Textbook CollectionFrom BCcampus, "a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all British Columbe post-secondary institutions." 

 Mason OER Metafinder (MOM): A real-time, federated search of 21 OER content sites.  

Open SUNY Textbooks: Search openly licensed educational material authored by SUNY faculty.

Google Advanced Search: Find images, videos or text that you have permission to use by selecting the "usage rights" filter on the Advanced Search screen. 

Sites with freely available video collections:

Library of Congress National Screening Room

Moving Image Archive from the Internet Archive

U.S. National Archives videos on YouTube

About Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others (e.g., Creative Commons license). These can include textbooks, course readings, syllabi, assignments, games, or other material used for educational purposes.  

Why use OER?   

The OER Starter Kit is an open text designed for instructors who are new to OER: Elder, A.K. (2019). The OER Starter Kit. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Digital Press.

OER Treasure Hunt: This worksheet can help guide your search for open resources.

For more, 
watch this video from The Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Grant for Faculty
The RSC Libraries, with the support of the Faculty Development Committee, are pleased to announce a new grant program to promote faculty members’ adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are free teaching and learning resources with licenses that enable their reuse, adaptation and redistribution.

Click here to apply for an OER grant.
Click here for more information.

Using OER

Evaluating OER

Sample rubrics for evaluating Open Educational Resources:

Understanding Licensing

The Creative Commons license is the most commonly used license for OER. Open licenses allow for the OER content to be used in the following ways (known as the "5 Rs")
  • Retain: the right to make, own, and control copies of the cotent
  • Reuse: use the content in a variety of ways (in a class, on a website, etc.)
  • Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify or alter the content
  • Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (in a mashup, for example)
  • Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original, revised or remixed content

Look for the Creative Commons license to understand how an Open Educational Resource may be used. Some helpful resources for decoding Creative Commons Licenses:

Modifying OER
Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need To Know  - helpful resource for reformatting OER, how to modify PDF, etc. 

DRM-Free Resources at The Russell Sage College Libraries
In addition to Open Educational Resources, faculty are encouraged to adopt RSC libraries' unlimited use (or DRM free) e-resources in their courses. 

Please note: RSC faculty and students have free, unlimited, simultaneous access to our collection of DRM-free resources, making them ideal for use as course materials at no additional cost to students. However, these resources are protected under copyright, and NOT considered OER.

Below is a selection of DRM-free resources available through the RSC Colleges Libraries:

Sage Research Methods Videos - Contains more than 125 hours of video, including tutorials, case study videos, expert interviews, and more--covering the entire research methods and statistics curriculum.  

Credo Reference - An online reference library containing dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, books of quotations and atlases. Credo Reference also offers a range of subject-specific reference books.

Credo Information Literacy Videos - A collection of brief animated tutorials on information literacy subjects ranging from the research process, to using and citing sources. Accessible through the RSC Libraries Moodle Page 

Human Anatomy Atlas 2020 - *Upgraded to 2020 version* This interactive 3D visualization and learning tool allows users to explore 4,000+ medically accurate anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the male and female body.    

Nexis Uni Features more than 15, 000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790

E-Book Central Ebook Collection - a collection of more than 200,000 ebooks covering a broad range of topics



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