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Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and efforts to lower student textbook and course material costs at CCC.

OER Search

This video from Open Oregon gives "a few strategies to spend less time searching and more time redesigning your course around your new open content."

OER Repositories

Search: Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)

This is a perfect place to start your search - the Mason OER Metafinder searches 16 different directories, repositories, and other places to find quality OER. This list includes - American Memory Project (Library of Congress), College Open Textbooks, Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Merlot, MIT OpenCourseware, OER commons, and many more.

Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo has developed OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search), a search tool with more than 155,000+ records from 52 different sources that have been carefully selected in collaboration with SUNY OER Services.

Additional resources

OER by subject

Fellow librarians have curated lists of OER for particular subjects. If you are OER curious and want to see the type of resources that might be available, here are a few places to browse.

  • OER Subject Guides from Tacoma Community College
    • Each subject has its own guide with targeted resources and suggestions on how to approach OER.

Open Oregon Resource Tracker

The Open Oregon Resource Tracker lists course materials that Oregon community college and university instructors are using to reduce textbook costs in their courses. This is a searchable tool that you can use to explore OER in use in Oregon right now. 


Already using OER in your course? Add your information to the resource tracker by filling out the Open Oregon Resource Tracker Form.

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