Finding Open Access Resources

    below you'll find links to some of the best sources for shared educational content, lectures, video, images, academic journals and reference sources.  start here to find open licensed material to build or enhance your course.  if you find new sources, let us know, and we'll add them!

    Open Educational Resources Commons
    Searchable repository organized by grade level, subject, type of content and format
    http://www.oercommons.org/ 

    College Open Textbooks
    Organized by subject, with various open licenses.
    http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org

    Connexions
    Repository for educational content, organized by discipline.  Not a user friendly search interface, but worth a look anyway.
    http://cnx.org/

    Open Stax
    Peer-reviewed college textbooks online.
    https://openstaxcollege.org/books

    Global Textbook Project
    Open document format for texbooks in business, computing, education, health, sciences and social sciences
    http://globaltext.terry.uga.edu/books

    Curriki
    All content cc licensed and uploaded by educators.  
    http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome

    Open Course Ware search
    Includes course content from nearly a dozen institutions, includeing MIT, Yale, UMass and Notre Dame
    http://www.ocwsearch.com/

    Merlot
    Searchable repository of educational content, organized by subject, grade level, type of content and format.
    http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm 

    The Orange Grove
    Florida’s digital repository for educational content
    http://florida.theorangegrove.org

    Hippocampus

    Digital content organized by subject. Includes a lot of streaming content.
    http://www.hippocampus.org/

    Wikibooks
    From the founders of wikipedia, open access textbooks contributed by scholars, educators and others.
    http://www.wikibooks.org/

    Flat World Knowledge - 
    http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/ 
    Textbooks, searchable by subject.  Open content now hosted at Saylor.

    Flexbooks
    "The CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality, curated Stem content."

    Bepress
    Digital commons scholarly publications

    Jorum
    "Find and use thousands of free OER from a wide variety of subject areas. All resources have been shared by those who teach in or create content for the further and higher education communities in the UK."
    http://www.jorum.ac.uk/ 

    Academic Earth
    Online course content organized by subject. Often available by module.
    http://academicearth.org/ 

    Directory of Open Access Journals
    think of this as free proquest. Full text, peer-reviewed journal articles in all subject areas. 
    http://www.doaj.org/ 

    Directory of Open Access Books
    New site from the group that gave as doaj! includes over 700 peer-reviewed, open-licensed titles
    http://www.doabooks.org

    Public Library of Science
    research articles in the sciences
    http://www.plos.org/

    Scholarpedia
    Open access encyclopedia, curated by subject experts
    http://www.scholarpedia.org/ 

    YouTube
    Try the educaton site too. See what you can find out about the source of the video (creator/owner/institution)
    http://www.youtube.com
    http://www.youtube.com/education

    Critical Commons
    Video clips, lectures and articles. Sort of a “you tube” for the higher ed set.
    http://criticalcommons.org/

    Vimeo
    Shared videos.  Includes non-educational content as well.
    http://vimeo.com/

    Ted
    Video links to lectures by notable experts in science, global issues, technology, business and design
    http://www.ted.com/

    Creative Commons
    Find images with open licences
    http://search.creativecommons.org/

    Wikimedia Commons
    Freely usable media files
    http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Slideshare
    Power points searchable by tag terms or a search bar.
    http://www.slideshare.net/

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