Find and Explore Open Educational Resources

How to Attribute or Cite OER with Creative Commons Licenses

The following links include an extensive list of directories and websites you can access to find OER educational content, images, videos, and music. Also included are OER collections containing a variety of course materials, such as readings, quizzes, simulations, and assignments.

OpenStax Textbooks
Open free textbooks for 25 popular lower division courses.

Open Stax and Canvas Commons
Find Open Stax OER Textbooks Canvas Shells in your Canvas Commons Account

Intellus Learning OER Database (Contact for log-in information)
What Can You Do with Intellus?
You Tube Channel - Intellus Orientation Videos or you can schedule a webinar orientation.
Intellus Login:

California Open Online Library for Education
Open free textbooks and materials for 50 of the highest enrolled courses in CCC/CSU/UC

Creative Commons
Here is an example how to look for materials using Creative Commons.
1. Type: critical thinking english textbook
2. Click the Google Box
3. Click Search

OER Commons

OER Commons
SEARCH TIP: OER Commons and MERLOT allow you to further limit results by sub-disciplines and material type.

BC Open Ed Tech Collaborative                                              

Copyright Advisory Group                                                             

How to Search YouTube for OER Videos                               

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)                                                              

Collections of open resources, including textbooks, and open journals.

SAGE Open is an open access publication from SAGE.

Open Culture

Merlot OER Resources

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Lumen Learning

Databases for OER instructional lesson plans, lectures, and activities, etc.

Canvas Commons (found in your Canvas campus account)

Soft Chalk

Amazon Inspire (K-12)

California Community College Online Education Initiative – Basic Skills Resources

Directory of Open Access Books - Humanities

Wikimedia Commons

Pixabay Images

Pikwizard Images

Foter Images

Free Pik Images

Europa Art Collection

Getty Research Portal

Free Getty Images Portal

The New York Public Library Digital Collection

The Metropolitian Museum of Art Collection

World Images

Smithosian Collection

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)

Digital Public Library of America

Internet Archive

The Public Domain Review

Federal Government Agencies - Federal Materials are Public Domain

Library of Congress

Open Knowledge Repository

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Intech Open - Science, Technology, and Medicine Open Access Publisher

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Book Boon - Free Books Supported by Advertisements

TED Talks


STEM Concept Videos

Hippo Campus Videos

Snag Films - Streamed Videos

Top Documentary Films - Streamed Videos

How to Use Google Advance Search to Find OER


How to Search OER Commons


How to Make Attributions When Using Creative Commons Licensed OER


OER Search Tips


How to Search Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)