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Open Education Resources (OER)

Searching for OER

Finding the right Open Educational Resource (OER) is the most challenging part of using OERs in the classroom. The resources listed on this page can help you find an OER in your subject area. The bad news: you may not find an exact match. The good news: OERs are usually shared in such a way that you’ll be able to edit the OER to better meet your student needs. If licensed to allow derivatives, you will be able to mix, match, and customize multiple OERs like an open course pack.

Below are a few resources for specific types of format. For a longer and more complete listing, visit the list maintained by Open Washington. 

Google Images search for CC images

Search using Google

Other than using repositories to search for OER, you can also use Google to locate bookmarked guides. Many academic libraries are working with faculty to locate OER, and you can take advantage of these listed resources.

Using Google, type is keywords such as "OER by subject" or "OER by discipline" and add a keyword for your subject of interest. 

search Google for OER


You can also use Google Advanced Search to conduct a search for content openly licensed. This may return duplicates, but you may find some additional OER that was not indexed in the repositories. Google Advanced Search will allow you to designate the license type of the content and also the format, such as a PDF or Presentation.

limiting a google search by usage rights

Watch this brief video on how to use Google Advanced to locate OER. Created by D'Arcy Hutchings for UAA/APU Consortium Library ( This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0)