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Scholarly Communications

Information for the Bates College community on topics in Scholarly Communications including: open access, author's rights, copyright, and more.

Where can I find OER?

Ask the Library!

Contact the Research Librarian for your academic department or reach out the the Scholarly Communications Librarians directly:

General Education Search

  • Mason OER Metafinder - George Mason University Libraries one-stop search box for finding open and affordable educational resources. Various data sources include MIT OpenCourseware, OER Commons, OpenStax, Open Textbook Library, etc.
  • OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) - search a range of OER materials from multiple sources, such as textbooks, courses, corresponding materials, interactive simulations, and public domain books and resources. 
    • Developed by SUNY Geneseo 
  • OER Commons - OER Commons is a single search platform that pulls from multiple collections. Looking for Science in particular? Consult the National Science Digital Library.
    • Supported by ISKME (the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education).
  • OAPEN - The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
    • Established by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the University of Leiden (UL), the University library of Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and Amsterdam University Press (AUP).
  • Teaching Commons - The Teaching Commons showcases high-quality OER from leading colleges and universities hosted on the Digital Commons platform. This search includes open access texts, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, lectures, and more.

Open Textbook Search

  • OpenStax - Collection of openly licensed college textbooks which can be customized by you to fit your classroom needs.
    • Supported by Rice University.
  • UMN Open Textbook Library - Collection of openly licensed textbooks. Books within the Open Textbook Library must be peer reviewed for quality and have multiple criteria for inclusion within the library.
  • BCcampus Open Textbook Collection - Open textbooks for an array of subjects, reviewed by faculty.
  • LibreTexts - A multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open access texts to improve postsecondary education at all levels of higher learning. The LibreTexts approach is a highly collaborative open access textbook environment is under constant revision by students, faculty, and outside experts with the aim of supplanting conventional paper-based books.
    • Created by UC Davis.
  • Coerll - Collection of openly licensed language learning resources. Languages include French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and more.
    • Created by the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Milne Open Textbooks (formerly: SUNY Open Textbooks) - Collection of open textbooks produced and published by State University of New York schools.
    • Supported by the SUNY Initiative Technology Grant.
  • MERLOT - MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. MERLOT does not house content, but is a collection of links to other content. The materials can be ranked and many are peer-reviewed. There are discipline specific communities that curate and review the content. 
    • Supported by the California State University System.
  • Luminos - Publisher of open access monographs.
    • Supported by the University of California Press and costs are shared among libraries, author or institution, and the publisher.
  • Open Book Publishers - Publishers of open access monographs and textbooks in all areas. All digital editions are free and individuals affiliated with Bates College (faculty, students, staff) receive a discount on print copies. You may want to consider making customizable coursepacks using OBP content.  Email for more information!

Open Courseware