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Open Access Resources: Teaching Materials

Free web collections, books, journals, teaching materials, and other resources. This guide concentrates on English language collections, though some collections mentioned do have resources in several languages.

*NEW* OA/OER Searches

George Mason University has launched the Mason OER Metafinder, designed by GMU Librarian Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems. It searches a broad range of Open Educational Resource Collections, such as as the Digital Public Library, the Library of Congress American Memory Collection, MERLOT, and College Open Textbooks. Read more about the Metafinder at Deep Web Tech Blog, or try it out below.

Search the Mason OER Metafinder

Need a particular article, but can't find the full text? Try the Open Access Button search to see if an OA version exists. (If not, try Interlibrary Loan!)
OA versions may include "pre-prints" which do not have final editing and formatting of the published versions. Use at your own discretion.

Search for open access versions of articles via Open Access Button. DOIs, publisher URLs, and PubMed IDs (PMIDs) work best.

Guides and Policies

Teaching materials - slides, tutorials, graphics, etc.

Textbooks are listed separately below. See also the Books section for more textbooks and readings.


Books and collections of books written specifically as textbooks. For additional books, please check the subject and general collections. The best source for literature is the Online Books Page from UPenn.

OA/OER Guide

Online Teaching Materials workshops

This handout (PDF) is from a workshop that I give on the wide variety of materials now available that can be used in the classroom. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.

An Open Textbook Testamonial

How, and why, a physics professor adopted an open textbook.

A Presentation by the Founder of Connexions

"Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world." View on the TED website.