Textbook Alternatives


Many of the links on this page are provided by Julia Nims, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Eastern Michigan University.

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Open Educational Resources Repositories

Subject Specific OER sites - Arts / Humanities

Subject Specific OER sites: Health & Medicine

Subject Specific OER sites: Education & Psychology

Subject specific - Languages & Cultures

Subject Specific OER Sites: Social Sciences

Subject Specific OER Sites - STEM

University Sponsored Courseware

Several universities have made available the educational course materials developed by their faculty.

The educational materials for each course may include syllabi, lectures, notes, powerpoint presentations, readings, assignments, and video or audio lectures, depending on the course, the semester, and the professor.

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Additional Resources

The number of resources on OERs grows as interest in them increases. Below are a few links to key reports and documents on the importance of OERs and the issues surrounding them.

A webinar from Inside Higher Ed.
Provides guidance on the use of third-party materials in open educational resources.

"Recycle this," by wikieducator, CC BY-SA 2.0


About OERs

Open Educational Materials are free digital learning materials that may be reused and/or customized. They often use Creative Commons copyright. OERs can include:

Lesson plans


Learning modules

Lecture notes and slides



Podcasts and videos

Training materials

Interactive OER