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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Textbook Replacement

Resources by Discipline




  • Astropedia
    An astronomy learning tool, created by University of Arizona Astronomy professor Chris Impey, intended either as a supplement for classroom instruction or for informal learners wanting to know more about the subject.
  • OER Commons: Astronomy
     a collection of 1045 courses and resources  for teaching Astronomy.
  • OpenStax Astronomy
    Astronomy is designed for one- or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. Instructor resources include a teaching guide, PP slides and a list of supplemental activities. Provides  a low cost iBook option for an interactive student learning experience.
  • Teach Astronomy



English and Literature

  • English 101
    ENG 101 course from Saylor Academy.
  • Oregon Writes Open Writing Text
    OER for English Comp.
  • Writing Commons
    A great secondary source for students to use in tandem with their textbook. It covers very specific portions of academic writing that students often have questions on when coming in for tutoring. There are video lectures to accompany the text. It also covers literary theory which could be useful for literature/102 course.
  • Classic Reader
    All books published on the Classic Reader website are out-of-copyright, meaning their copyright protection has expired.  You will find classic literary works from the start of the 20th century and previous centuries.
  • Open Access Lit Books
  •          OpenLibrary


  • Human Geography
    The University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia, working with the Rebus Foundation.


  • The American Yawp
    The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses.
  • US Histories OpenStax


  • Humanities Commons
    Humanities Commons is a nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work.


    Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning. Resource for many languages such as Spanish, French and Latin.
  • OER Commons: Languages Collection
    Collection of 48 language textbooks and resources.
  • Spanish 001
    Open source Spanish book from Penn State Pressbooks.
  • Spanish Digital Archives Resource
    The University of Kansas Collaborative Digital Spanish Project (Acceso) is an open-access, digital learning environment designed to promote the acquisition of Spanish and the development of cultural understanding of the varied groups of people who share Spanish as a common language.
  • Spanish Grammar
    Welcome to Spanish Grammar in Context, where you will find detailed grammar explanations of the Spanish language explained using authentic video examples from the Spanish in Texas project. Accompanying practice quizzes are available on an open Canvas course site.
  • Spanish - Intermediate
    OER materials from the University of Kansas
  • Spanish Videos
     Videos from BBC for Spanish.




Psychology and Sociology

Public Health

  • JHSPH OCW Courseware
    OCW offers open materials and images from more than a hundred courses developed by the faculty of JHSPH, the world’s foremost institution of public health education and research.