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Merlot II Free (though some material may be copyrighted) CSU-sponsored search tool with user ratings and peer reviews. Advanced search feature lets you refine and target your search.

Search MERLOT, then Advanced Material Search

Cool 4 Ed Free & Open Use the Find tab to search open textbooks course materials and articles across disciplines.

Sponsored by collaboration between CSU, UC and CCC.

OER Commons Free & Open Use Advanced Search. Includes resources across discipline and levels with user ratings.
OER Metafinder Free & Open The OER Metafinder performs a simultaneous search across 19 different sources of open educational materials.
Lumen Learning Free & Open Curated list of open multimedia resources that can be used individually to augment course material of combined to replace course textbook.
Advanced Google Search Free materials possible Scroll to the bottom of the page to change the usage rights filter to search for free and open materials. For images, any search term will do. For textbooks, include "open or e textbook" in your search terms.
Teaching Commons Free & Open The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.
The WAC Clearinghouse Free & Open

Open-access journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.

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Open Textbooks

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eBooks at SF State

Free to SF State students with SF State login and library PIN Search Leonard Library catalog for eBooks that can be distributed to SF State students via iLearn.
Click here to see a list of eTextbooks already adopted in courses at SF State.
Open Textbook Library Free & Open Peer reviewed and open licensed textbooks in multiple disciplines.
OpenStax College

Free & Open

Limited and high quality selection of open textbooks, modules and pages for large, intro courses.

BCcampus OpenEd

Free & Open Collection of open textbooks targeted 40 high-enrollment subject areas including trades and tourism. Created by the BC Open Textbook Project.
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Free but not all open (check licensing) Index of online textbooks sorted by discipline.
MIT OpenCourseWare Mix of free & open and purchase required resources. Predominantly math, engineering and science textbooks searchable by department.

Saylor Academy

Free & Open Limited list of approximately 100 downloadable open textbooks.
To search by keyword, press ctrl+F (PC) or cmd+F (Mac).

Free with ads eTextbooks in multiple disciplines with some commercial advertising within books. Initial download requires email address to be provided.

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Articles & Readings

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Journal Databases at SF State Free to SF State students with SF State login and library PIN Journal articles from any SF State library database can be distributed to SF State students via iLearn.
Directory of Open Access Journals Free & Open Easy to use search feature.
Bentham Open Free (copyrighted) Peer-reviewed article in: Science, Technology, Medicine, Social Science
MedEd Free & Open Peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources.

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Images, Video & Media

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Streaming Video Databases at SF State Free to SF State students with SF State login and library PIN Scroll down to Streaming Media section to find videos you may distribute to SF State students via iLearn.
Great sources for covering current events including videos from National Geographic, Scientific American, BBC, Bloomberg, TED, HBO, etc.
DIVA Free & Open Open digital archive of resources and collections shared by the SF State community.
Creative Commons Free & Open One search engine helps you search multiple sites for images and media.
The Met's Collection Free & Open Over 400,000 high-res art images searchable by artist, material, geography and period (No Rights reserved).
National Gallery of Art Images Free & Open Over 45,000 high-res art images.
The Rijksmuseum (Netherlands) Free & Open Over 300,000 high-res art images searchable by artist, material, geography, period, color and technique (No Rights Reserved).
Morguefile Some free, some paid stock photos Images on Morguefile tab are free. Other tabs in this page search paid resources.
Visual Hunt Free & Open High quality stock photos.

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Miscellaneous Resources

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OpenStax CNX Library Free & Open OpenStax CNX offers content which comes in modules (which are like small, "knowledge chunks") and collections (which are groups of modules structured into books or course notes, or for other uses).
Use Advanced Search.
Khan Academy Free & Open Math, Science, Engineering, Computing, Economics and a bit of Art/History activities and exercises for self-assessment for intro college level courses.
OpenLearn Free courses and open course materials: syllabi, notes, presentations, quizes, activities Primarily organized as courses or course topics: all the materials, none of the interaction Open University UK's major contribution to OER.
The MOMA Exhibitions History (1929-present) Free & Open Living digital archive of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition history—from its founding in 1929 to the present—is available online. It includes exhibition catalogues, primary documents, installation views, and an index of participating artists. Note that the MOMA’s Art Collection (which is separate) is not free and open, only the exhibitions history.
Open Course Library Free & Open A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download.
Digital Public Library of America Free & Open Photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and more, from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

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