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OER Guide: Subject Specific OER Sites

Open Educational Resources at Linn-Benton Community College

Subject Specific OER Sites

The following resources are a small selection of subject specific OER repositories, search engines and materials. Instructors are responsible for reviewing materials before adopting. See the "Review" tab for rubrics and criteria for selecting and adopting OER.

Subject Website Resource Type Description
Biology BioWiki - UC Davis Textbooks BioWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
  Encyclopedia of Life Mixed EOL is an online encyclopedia which provides content freely to the public for reuse and linking.
​Chemistry ChemCollective Mixed ChemCollective provides a collection of course materials (virtual labs, tests, etc.), under a creative commons license, created by faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon.
  ChemWiki - UC Davis Textbooks ChemWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
  OpenChemistry Lecture Videos Videos OpenChemistry Lecture Videos provides lectures created and taught by UC Irvine instructors, which covers a wide range of topics and levels.
​Computer Science Green Tea Press Textbooks Green Tea Press books, covering a variety of computer science topics, are created under an open license which allows users to download, use and modify content freely.
Economics The Economics Network Mixed This guide put together by the University of Bristol links to numerous textbooks, lectures, etc. which cover economics topics.
  Open Data Institute Mixed The Open Data Institute provides loads of open data focusing on five main sectors: agriculture and nutrition, data infrastructure, finance, global development, and open cities.
​Engineering Potto Project Textbooks Potto Project textbooks are licensed under an open license which allows people to freely use and modify content to improve the materials for specific needs. Materials are written by engineering scholars, and constantly update to ensure materials are accurate.
Geology GeoWiki - UC Davis Textbooks GeoWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
GES DISC Mixed The NASA Goddard Earth Sciences (GES) Data and Information Services Center (DISC) provides Earth science data, information, and services to researchers and students.
  USGS Course Materials The USGS provides educational resources for educators at many levels, including undergraduate/college level materials.
​Health JHSPH Open   JSPH provides health and medical courses, including full course materials for instructors. Courses are often paired with free or affordable textbooks.
  Noba Textbooks Noba provides psychology textbooks which can be customized and fitted together to meet the needs of your own course.
​History Smart History Mixed Smart History provides online materials for the study of art and cultural heritage. Content is created by art historians, archeologists, curators and other specialists.
​Humanities American Memory Mixed The Library of Congress' American Memory project provides free access to mixed material types which document the American experience.
The American Yawp Textbooks The American Yawp is a free American history textbook created through a collaboration of educators.
  LibriVox Audiobooks LibriVox provides free, public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.
  Public Domain Review Journal The Public Domain Review is an online journal exploring works from the realms of art, literature, and ideas.
  Writing Spaces Textbooks Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a book series containing peer-reviewed essays composed by teachers, available under a Creative Commons license.
​Language Center for Open Education and Language Learning - University of Texas at Austin Course Materials Center for Open Education and Language Learning produces and links to resources for the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
  Open Culture Mixed Open Culture brings free online cultural & educational media content together in one location.
​Mathematics American Institute of Mathematics Textbooks The American Institute of Mathematics has produces a list of approved open textbook which cover all types of mathematics.
  GeoGebra Mixed According to their website, "GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package." They use an open source software and have interactive authoring features.
  MathWiki - UC Davis Textbooks MathWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
  MyOpenMath Course Materials MyOpenMath provides everything an instructor may need to teaching mathematics, and can act as a central location for assignments, discussion, etc. MyOpenMath is partnered with the OpenTextBookStore and uses those online textbooks.
  Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study Course Materials Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study provides resources for teaching introductory statistics at the college level.
  OpenTextBookStore Textbooks The OpenTextBookStore has created a catalog of online open math textbooks. They provide a description of the book, table of contents, supplemental materials, licensing information, a review and link to the content.
  SageMath Mixed SageMath is a free open-source mathematics software system available online or for download.
  StatWiki - UC Davis Textbooks StatWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
​Physics PhysWiki - UC Davis Textbooks PhysWiki provides open access textbook content created and edited by instructors and students at UC Davis.
Psychology Noba Textbooks Noba has textbook modules that you can compile into your own course textbook. Print books are available.
Sociology​ The Society Pages Mixed The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project which provides articles, blogs, and podcasts.
  The Sociological Cinema Videos The Sociological Cinema provides videos for sociology instructors to include in their courses.
​STEM OU Engineering Media Lab Course Materials The eCourses portal contains course material, including textbooks and interactive illustrations. Material is only available through course sites, which instructors can access after creating an account.
  PhET Interactive Simulations The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates and provides free interactive math and science simulations. Simulations are available in a range of subjects at varying levels up to university.


Writing Commons Course Materials Writing Commons provides open-education materials for the instruction of writing and information literacy.