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Open Educational Resources (OER) at Montana State University

Information on Open Educational Resources (OER) and initiatives at MSU.

Finding OER

book iconOpen education is a vast, diverse, and ever expanding field of higher education. It includes everything from texts, to journals and science publications, to interactive simulations and multi-media. That can be a lot to sift through. The Library is here to help.  We've compiled some of the best resources available.  To help you get started, check out what Montana faculty are using or the highest reviewed texts by Montana CCN.

Open Textbook Collections

Open textbooks are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books.  If you cannot find what you are looking for or just want some help getting started, let us know!  Our faculty are ready to here to support you.  Schedule a time to chat with us about your needs.

What is an Open Textbook? An open textbook is an openly-licensed textbook offered online by its author(s). The open license sets open textbooks apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, or print the book at no additional cost.

An open license allows users:

  • to use the textbook without compensating the author 
  • to copy the textbook, with appropriate credit to the author  
  • to distribute the textbook non-commercially
  • to shift the textbook into another format (such as digital or print)

Many authors also grant rights such as:

  • to add, remove or alter content in the textbook, often on the condition that derivative works must have the same license                            
  • to copy and distribute the textbook without giving credit to the author to use the textbook commercially

Finding Open Textbooks

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Montana State University (MSU) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Doralyn Rossmann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This guide is a modified version of a guide created by Regina Gong at Lansing Community College Library.