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Open Educational Resources

Tools for Faculty

Just like traditional textbooks, open educational materials must be accessible to all students.  Below are resources that help with accessibility standards for OER.

"It's not OER, but..."

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Ebook licensing can be tricky; contact Joelle in the library to check whether the ebook you'd like to use have multi-user licensing so your entire class can access.

Articles & Databases

Articles and videos from library databases can be incorporated into a course. Search FIND IT! or individual databases.

FIND IT! Search all library databases:

Limit Your Results
Recommended educational podcasts:

These sites tend to have a lot of K-12 content. Many sites will have a search filter to view just college-level material. These are just a few examples; search the web for organizations relevant to your topic and check out their educational resources. 

Recommended non-profit sites:
Recommended museum sites:
Strategies for Using GovDocs for OER
  1. General searches at
  2. Look for GAO, CRS or CBO reports. See this guide for detailed help finding government reports.
  3. Try one of the 5 National Libraries
    1. National Library of Medicine (PUBMED)
    2. National Library of Education (ERIC)
    3. National Agriculture Library (PubAg)
    4. National Transportation Library 
    5. Library of Congress
  4. Narrow down to specific Agencies.
    1. ex. USDA  v. National Ag Library v. USDA Economic Research Service
    2.  Some agencies aren't .gov   ex.

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Guide License

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by NMC Librarians is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.