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MAT: Movement for Affordable Textbooks

Textbook-related resources for faculty, students and administrators.

Defining OER

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. OER includes textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and any other material that can be used for educational purposes.

OER typically refers to electronic resources, and materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals.

From 7 Things to know about OER

OER Search Tools

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne. OASIS currently searches open content from 115 different sources and contains 455,499 records. OASIS also has a browse by content or subject feature. 

Best Bets: OER Repositories & Collections

OER Resources

Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants.

Art and Art History videos and essays on art from around the world and across time.

Public domain items are not restricted by licensing or are no longer covered by copyright. Public domain items are usually older materials (i.e. prior to 1930) however may provide valuable context to historical and current research. 



  • The Cell: An Image Library

    • A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms,