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Open Educational Resources (OER): Find OER Texts and Resources

Exploring the Commons

OER can include full courses, textbooks, or a variety of instructional materials including images, videos, or documents. It is estimated that there are now more than 1.4 billion works licensed under various Creative Commons licenses (State of the Commons, 2017). The growing collection of openly licensed works, whether digital or not, is referred to as The Commons. So how do you go about finding resources that suit your needs? You can find OER by using search engines or by searching or browsing OER repositories.

This video by Amy Hofer, Statewide Open Education Library Services Coordinator, Open Oregon, shares time-saving tips on searching for OER. Remember that an open license gives you many possible ways to legally re-purpose the materials you find.


Contact Jean Shumway, BC3 Librarian, for assistance finding openly licensed resources, as well as assistance with adopting resources and understanding and Creative Commons licenses:

OER Repositories

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. Many of these books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.

Searching the Commons

Using Google Advanced Search


The Google search engine has an “Advanced Search” that lets you search by usage rights for content published to the Internet under an open license. The Advanced Search dialogue can be found under the Settings function or can be directly accessed at

Google Advanced Search Usage Rights


OER Texts at BC3

OER Texts Used by BC3 Faculty

BC3 Course and Faculty

OER Texts

ARTS 101 Introduction to Art

 - Debra Shingledecker

Boundless Art History

 - available through LibreTexts

 - available through Lumen Learning

 - available through Course Hero

BIOL 101

 - David Gesicki

Concepts of Biology

 - available through OpenStax

BIOL 103: Environmental Biology

 - Jennifer Antonio

Environmental Biology ed by Mark Fisher

 - available through Open Oregon and Pressbooks


 - Amy Xin

Developed a chemistry laboratory manual from resources at the following sites: Catalyst Education: Labflow, LibreTexts: Chemistry, and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual by San Jacinto Faculty

COMP 208 Computer Ethics

 - Ramin Hajave

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

 - available through Pressbooks

DRFT 108 3D Modeling

 - Michael Robinson

Parametric Solid Modeling with Solidworks by Michael Robinson 

 - available through Pressbooks

ENGL 101 College Writing

 - Jolene Stieb

 - Jacqueline Kunkel

Let's Get Writing

 - available through Pressbooks

ENGL 102 Research Writing

 - Jolene Stieb

Owlet Excelsior Online Writing Lab 

Composition 2: Research and Writing by Brittany Seay, Online Consortium of Oklahoma Press

The MLCKRB (Master List Code Key and Rule Book): An English Grammar & Style Handbook by Jared Aragona

ENGL 145 Creative Writing Workshop

 - Mike Dittman

Write or Left: An OER Textbook for Creative Writing Courses by Priebe

 - available through isuu

ENGL 180 Film Analysis

 - Brian Burke

Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema by Russell Sharman

 - available through Pressbooks

GEOG 101-B01: World Geography

 - Jeffrey Molnar

World Regional Geography

 - available through Open Textbook Library

HLTH 120 Health Science

 - Diana Campbell

 - Nichol Zaginaylo

Health Education by Garrett Rieck and Justin Lundin, College of the Canyons

 - available through LibreTexts

HIST 205 Contemporary World History

 - Deborah Kruger

Modern World History by Allosso and Williford

 - available through Open Textbook Library

MATH 100 Intermediate Algebra

 - Neil Foley

Intermediate Algebra

 - available through Saylor Academy

MATH Calculus

 - Rex edmonds

Calculus 2 by Gilbert Strang and Edwin "Jed" Herman

 - available through OpenStax

NPHS 105 Introduction to Cyber Security

 - Thomas Dover

Using NIST for Security and Risk Assessment by Thomas P. Dover

 - available through Pressbooks

PEHD 125 Physical Wellness

 - Diana Campbell

Concepts of Fitness and Wellness by Scott Flynn, Lisa Jellum, Althea Moser, Jonathan Howard, Sharryse Henderson, Christin Collins, Amanda West, and David Mathis, College of the Canyons

 - available through LibreTexts

PHIL 208 Ethics

 - Deborah Shingledecker

Ethics for A-Level by Mark Dimmick and Andrew Fisher

 - available through OpenStax

PHSC 110 Environmental Science

 - Karie Muir

Introduction to Environmental Science, 2nd ed

 - available through Galileo

PSYC 201 General Psychology

 - Jennifer Sarabok

Psychology 2e by Spielman, Rose M.; Jenkins, William; and Lovett, Marilyn

 - available through OpenStax

SOCI 216 Family Studies

 - Stephanie Long

Marriage, Intimate Relationships and Families

 - available through Lumen Learning

SOCI 211 Principles of Sociology

 - Anita Smith

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World (Barkan)

 - available through LibreTexts

SOCW 101 Introduction to Social Work

 - Karen Stubenbort

Introduction to Social Work, Ferris State University

From Charitable Volunteers to Architects of Social Welfare: A Brief History of Social Work

Code of Ethics of the NASW

Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice - NASW



Information for this page was adapted from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Library website and the Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources