This guide provides alternative textbook resources and context surrounding open educational resources. Prices are high for students and we encourage you to explore these no-cost options for textbook and other educational content.
Library Owned Content
Atkins Library purchases high-quality research content each year. We purchase e-books so that students and faculty can download and keep a copy of the PDF. Simply add a link to the book in Canvas and students have free access to the book.
Here is a database you can search to see if we have a book or if it is something we can purchase:
Read Studies About Open Textbooks
What is Open Content?
Open content is often described by the five R's:
These characteristics are mostly allowed by using Creative Commons licenses. These licenses exist on top of copyright and grant permissions proactively to allow use to everyone.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 61 different sources and contains 160,717 records.
OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library in consultation with Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services Executive Director.
Simultaneously search OER repositories, including Merlot, OAOpen, OER Commons, OpenStax, Open Textbook Library, World Digital Library, American Memory, DPLA, DOAB, HathiTrust, and more. Use the Advanced Search to narrow to specific repositories, or by author, title or date range. Developed at George Mason University Libraries.
Open Textbook Collections
Here are a few sites that offer free and/or low cost textbooks. Many are international in scope. Quality of resources do vary, so make sure you review the titles thoroughly.
These sites include a variety of learning objects covering a wide range of disciplines.