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Open Source Textbooks
For questions about Open Source Textbooks or any of the links found on this page, please contact David Smith, Assistant Librarian for Reference and Circulation.
“Bookboon’s free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.”
“The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with 200+ colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and two-year colleges.”
“Find open and free textbooks that may be suitable for….the list of Subjects provided. For descriptions of these open textbooks, see listings in MERLOT and OER Commons. Most of the textbooks on this list have Creative Commons (CC) open licenses or GNU-Free Document License. Others are U.S. government documents in the public domain (PD).”
“Check out the 149 free and open etextbooks that have been reviewed by faculty colleagues in the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. The California OER Council developed the evaluation rubric which was used by all faculty reviewers.”
“FlatWorld shatters the traditional publishing model, delivering textbooks that meet the highest standards at a fraction of “big publisher” prices. Our streamlined, hyper-efficient process makes textbooks more accessible—putting educators and students in control.”
“We publish open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website. We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate.”
“Co-founded by open-education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education-technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER.”
“Realizing the great potential in Open Educational Resources (OER), Lyryx aims at a sustainable business model of OER textbooks directly to create products and services. While the textbook is provided to students at no cost, a fair license fee is charged for the use of the online assessment in exchange for user support, editorial services to adapt the content, and all other needed supplementary material.”
“The Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project is a project of Ohio Textbook HQ that aims to provide quality textbook options for faculty and better learning outcomes, while also saving students money.”
“The Open Access Textbooks Grant Project worked with others to create a sustainable model for Florida and other states to discover, produce, and disseminate open textbooks.”
“The mission of Open SUNY Textbooks is to provide an academic-friendly publishing model and infrastructure which supports faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and courses.”
“Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. 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.”
“OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, are currently being piloted for K-12 and college.”
“We scour the Internet for the best quality textbooks issued under open licenses that allow for printing. Instead of finding a list of 500+ books, you’ll find a short list of books we feel are really adoptable and ready to use in a college classroom.”
“Whether you’re in high school just starting to think about college or you’re already working and ready to earn or complete your degree… We’ve got the resources and support you need. FloridaShines works with the state’s 40 colleges and universities and other partners to help you succeed in school and beyond. “
“Since 2004, we’ve offered college students either inexpensive or premium options for their assigned textbook. Our publications are select, quality textbooks developed by professionals, and assigned by instructors.Most textbooks are available at a low price: online; online w/PDF downloads for easy printing; online with loose-leaf, and online with paperback bundles.”
“Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you’ll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources.”
“Wikibooks is a collaborative book authoring website, where users from all over the world work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on many topics. It is a Wikimedia project, operated by the same group of people who run Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation.”
Computer Science and Technology
“This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.”
“A collection of free textbooks written by Allen B. Downey, a professor of computer science at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.”
“World’s largest Science, Technology & Medicine Open Access book publisher.”
“…The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars.”
“Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students—with each book available for download for free under a Creative Commons license.”
Math and Science
“The American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) seeks to encourage the adoption of open source and open access mathematics textbooks. The AIM Editorial Board has developed evaluation criteria to identify the books that are suitable for use in traditional university courses. ”
“World’s largest Science, Technology & Medicine Open Access book publisher.”
“Noba is a free online platform that provides high-quality, flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials. These textbooks and materials are licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License. Users may reuse, redistribute, and remix the content to suit their needs.”
Finding Open Resources
Below are six of the best tools currently available for finding Open Access and Open Educational Resources.
“Academic Index is a scholarly academic search engine accessing only websites previously selected by librarians, teachers, and library and educational consortia.”
“BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 120 million documents from more than 6,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.”
Please note that search.creativecommons.org is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.
“The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so most relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it can take a bit longer than searchers of pre-indexed, curated content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target.”
“From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. ”
“Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 61 different sources and contains 160,727 records.” (as of 9-18-18)
For a quick review of what constitutes an Open resource and how to make use of them please review the following brief guides.
For further assistance regarding Open Access or Open Educational Resources please contact David Smith, Assistant Librarian for Reference and Circulation.
ResearchGate: social networking site for scientists to share research, particularly those engaged in broadly scientific research.
Academia.EDU: Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company’s mission is to accelerate the world’s research.Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 53 million academics have signed up to Academia.edu, adding 19 million papers. Academia.edu attracts over 36 million unique visitors a month.
Researcher ID: On the ResearcherID website, authors are asked to link their ResearcherID to their own articles. In this way, they can also keep their publication list up to date and online.
ORCID: ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
To create open access materials you will need to apply an open license.
“Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.”
“Published software should be free software. To make it free software, you need to release it under a free software license.”