Lists of Free Open Education Resources Compiled by Ilene Frank and Barrett Havens

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available online for use by anyone.
Some materials are truly open access in that they can be re-mixed and re-used by anyone.
Some materials may need to be be accessed by specific devices (iTunes U) or used only as is - no changes allowed. Check licenses even for those materials labelled as OER.

Free courseware, textbooks, and other course materials

Free courses - open courses


Sources of free ebooks and articles

Sources of free/public domain short stories

Resources by Subject:
Online Business & Management Journals and Reference Books


Do you have a doi - a digital object identifier - for an article? Find out if the article is available open access by using OADOI.ORG
Try "OA paper version lookup by DOI" : oadoi.org

BASE https://www.base-search.net/about/en/ "
One of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources from over 2,000 sources."

CORE https://core.ac.uk/search/ "The mission of CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public..."

JURN http://www.jurn.org Search tool for open access content (Includes links to some sites such ResearchGate.net that require free registration)

SOLONAUTS http://solvonauts.org/
"A [rather small] search engine that returns OER including images

ScienceDirect http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/search - Scroll down to "refine your search" and leave journals and books checked - and check "open access articles only"

Virtual Learning Resources Center VLRC http://www.virtuallrc.com Find magazine articles

Semantic Scholar
covers computer and neuroscience. No obvious way to limit resuts to open access only. Adding *.pdf to search terms seems to work.
user interface design

number of results
Computer Science (538,603)
Neuroscience (13,252)

user interface design *.pdf
number of results
Computer Science (30,123)
Neuroscience (427)

Other Guides and Tutorials:

Library Research Guides

Grand Valley State University

Humboldt State University



University of Mass

California State University. Affordable Learning Solutions


Commonwealth of Learning (COL). A learning module:

The OER Landscape - How to Find OER?

Content Without Borders (from Pearson)

Creative Commons

Finding OER. Creative Commons

DiscoverEdA search prototype developed by Creative Commons

Georgia: Affordable Learning - GALILEO search tool, information about including library resources, finding open textbooks, etc. http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/Georgia Affordable Textbookshttp://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/find_textbooks/open_textbooks

OAD: Open Access Directory

A compendium of information about open access hosted at

Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College

OER Africa.Find OER

Lists repositories and search tools in African countries.

OER Commons.

Find course related materials

OPEN (Open Professionals Education Network. Find OER (Tends to be course related material).

This collection of resources was developed by Barret Havens and Ilene Frank to assist course development for University of the People. http://www.uopeople.org Send suggestions to Ilene Frank ilene.frank at gmail.com
Last reviewed 2016