Locating Open Resources



The Institutional Repository Library (IRL) brings together all of UMSL research and historical documents under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to these materials. IRL is an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers, presentations, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in IRL. Click on the image below to browse the open educational resources in the Institutional Repository Library.

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There are a number of resources to help an instructor replace a traditional publisher's textbook with a digital (or on-demand print) textbook. Some books, including those offered via OpenStax, are peer-reviewed and designed to meet course standards in scope and sequence. Other textbooks, including many offerings in the Open Textbook Library, are the result of institutional incentives and sponsorships.

Open textbooks offer a number of advantages over traditional texts, which can include: 

  • Availability as a PDF, so easy to embed in a Canvas course
  • Availability (at shipping cost) as print copies, for students who require this accessibility function
  • Availability in multiple formats (e.g., iBooks, Kindle, web-viewing), for student ease/preference
  • Inclusion of instructor resources (e.g., test banks, slides, sample syllabi language) to simplify the process of incorporating the book into a course 

For more information on the movement to "open the textbook," see the 2016 Babson Report on open educational resources in the United States.

  • Digital Public Library of America
  • InTech
  • Mason OER Metafinder
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  • MedEdPORTAL
  • Wikibooks
An Open CourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. Open CourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. (via the Open Educational Consortium)
  • Harvard Extension School Open Learning Initiative
  • JHSPH Open Courseware (Johns Hopkins)
  • MIT Open Courseware
  • Open Michigan
  • Open SUNY
  • Open Yale Courses
  • UC Irvine Open Courseware
  • Harvard Extension School Open Learning Initiative
  • JHSPH Open Courseware (Johns Hopkins)
  • MIT Open Courseware
  • Open Michigan
  • Open SUNY
  • Open Yale Courses
  • UC Irvine Open Courseware

The wonder of OER is in the materials that lie beyond the traditional textbook. Check out any of these open resource repositories to discover some of what is available in your discipline:


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Many university communities, including those in the University of Missouri system, contribute to the OER Commons. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, you may broaden your search to include the entire Commons.


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MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. It is a product of the California State University System partnering with education institutions, professional societies, and industry.


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The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education [who] envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the education they need to build their futures.

  • "Find OER" - Open Professionals Education Network
  • Academic Earth
  • American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress
  • BioInteractive (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
  • Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (the University of Texas at Austin)
  • Chem Collective (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • Concord Consortium - Higher Education OER
  • Discipline-Specific Sources, Introduction to OER - openstax cnx
  • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
  • Go Cognitive (Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
  • Open Educational Resources: Resource Roundup, from Edutopia
  • Open Syllabus Explorer
  • TED-Ed
  • WebWork (Mathematical Association of America and the National Science Foundation)