Finding the right content for an Open Educational Resource (OER) can be the most challenging part of using and creating OERs. The resources listed on this page can help you find OER in your subject area which you can choose to adopt completely or mix, match, and customize to create a customized resource for your students.
These two OER search engines, Mason OER Metafinder from George Mason University and OASIS from SUNY Geneseo, search a combined total of more than 70 OER collections. They return not only full texts, but videos, images, and other fragments that can be combined to supplement or form whole OER.
OER repositories contain more than just open textbooks. All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.
Everything published by the Federal government is free of any copyright restrictions. The research, reports and websites can be useful resources for classes when creating your own course material.
Try to search a specific agency's website. A-Z List of Federal Agencies. Many times these materials are not retrieved with simple Google searches. Here are some examples of US Federal Databases.
Open textbooks are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each will have a particular focus, and items you can't find in other collections.
A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. For more information on what constitutes Public Domain see Copyright.gov.