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Open Education Resources (OERs): Textbooks

A Guide to OERs: Their implementation and Evaluation.

Accounting

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item. 

Anthropology

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item. 

OpenStax  provides access to over tens of thousands of online textbooks in a broad range of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device.

Architecture

Classic and other public Domain texts on Architecture

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item. 

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

Biology

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

  • Biology (2nd ed., 2018) via OpenStax [Textbook]

This textbook is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.  License: CC-BY.

Concepts of Biology is designed for the typical introductory biology course for nonmajors, covering standard scope and sequence requirements. The text includes interesting applications and conveys the major themes of biology, with content that is meaningful and easy to understand. The book is designed to demonstrate biology concepts and to promote scientific literacy.  License: CC-BY.

Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Students’ understanding of concepts is enhanced through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.  License: CC-BY.

Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. Its lucid text, strategically constructed art, career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course.  The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.

Business Administration

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Introduction to Business covers the scope and sequence of most introductory business courses. The book provides detailed explanations in the context of core themes such as customer satisfaction, ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, and managing change. Introduction to Business includes hundreds of current business examples from a range of industries and geographic locations, which feature a variety of individuals. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of business concepts, with attention to the knowledge and skills necessary for student success in this course and beyond.

Business Ethics is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester business ethics course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including case studies, application scenarios, and links to video interviews with executives, all of which help instill in students a sense of ethical awareness and responsibility.

Chemistry

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections. Licenses vary by item.

  • Chemistry  (2015) via OpenStax [Textbook] 

Chemistry is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning.

Chemistry: Atoms First is a peer-reviewed, openly licensed introductory textbook produced through a collaborative publishing partnership between OpenStax and the University of Connecticut and UConn Undergraduate Student Government Association.  This title is an adaptation of the OpenStax Chemistry text and covers scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. Reordered to fit an atoms first approach, this title introduces atomic and molecular structure much earlier than the traditional approach, delaying the introduction of more abstract material so students have time to acclimate to the study of chemistry. Chemistry: Atoms First also provides a basis for understanding the application of quantitative principles to the chemistry that underlies the entire course.

Civil Engineering

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Communication, Journalism, and Media Studies

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Computer Science and Engineering

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

A list of open textbooks available through other universities and repositories.  See individual item for license information.

Construction Management

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

 

Economics

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Education

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.  

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Electrical Engineering

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.  

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Bookboon.com contains free eBooks and textbooks that can be downloaded as a pdf. These books cannot be altered, but can be freely printed, shared, or embedded in non-commercial ways. They are intended only for individuals, colleges, and schools. Licenses vary by title.

English

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.  

Google Books is a digital library with over 25 million items.
 

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

The InternetArchive is a non-profit, online library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The InternetArchive provides free access to 330 billion web pages, 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings,
4 million videos, 3 million images, 200,000 software programs for the benefit of 
researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

The Gutenberg Project offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.  See the License page  for more information.

Environmental Sciences

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Following Titles are from InotechOpen

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Fashion and Design

Eco-Friendly Textile Dyeing and Finishing

Natural Dyes

Non-Woven Fabrics

Polyester : Production Characterization and Innovative Applications

Textile Dyeing

Wearable Technologies

Woven Fabrics

Family Science

Caregiving and Homecare

Family Planning

Gerontology

Housing

Substance Abuse (chapters from several different books)

Consumer Science

Social Responsibility

Consumer Behavior

Advanced Insights on Brand Management

Consumer Sciences ( chapters from several different books some of which are in progress)

Fine and Performing Arts

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Geography

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.  

Open Geography Education provides engaging, dynamic, up-to-date open textbooks on a variety of topics in Geography.  Produced by expert and creditable sources all of the open textbooks are freely available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

History

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial Engineering [Textbook] by By Ainul Akmar Mokhtar and Masdi Muhammad via InOpenTech

This book presents the current state of the art of industrial engineering and provides useful information to those who wish to optimize their business practices while increasing customer service and quality.

Industrial Engineering InOpenTech

Other Industrial Engineering resources available through InTechOpen. This resource provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Systems Engineering [Textbook] by Boris Cogan via InOpenTech

This book is a collection of articles written by developers and researches representing methodologies for separate Systems Engineering processes; and issues of adjacent knowledge disciplines that contribute to systems development, operation, and maintenance. Case studies include aircraft, spacecrafts, and space systems development, post-analysis of data collected during operation of large systems etc. Important issues related to "bottlenecks" of Systems Engineering, such as complexity, reliability, and safety of different kinds of systems, creation, operation and maintenance of services, system-human communication, and management tasks done during system projects are addressed in this volume. 

Systems Engineering InOpenTech

Other Systems Engineering resources available through InTechOpen. This resource provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Journalism and Media Studies

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item

Mathematics

Nursing

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Provided by the University of British Columbia.  Items are licensed under CC-BY unless otherwise noted.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Provided by the University of British Columbia.  Items are licensed under CC-BY unless otherwise noted.

WebArchive - Philosophy Collection

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

 

Physics

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page. 

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Provided by the University of British Columbia.  Items are licensed under CC-BY unless otherwise noted.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Political Science

Provided by the University of British Columbia.  Items are licensed under CC-BY unless otherwise noted.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Project Gutenberg's list of Political works in the public domain that are available freely online.

Psychology

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page. 

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Noba is a free online platform that provides high-quality, flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials in Psychology. These textbooks and materials are licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License. Users may reuse, redistribute, and remix the content to suit their needs.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders.  Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

 

Public Health

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Recreation

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions and offers a wide range of older titles digitized from libraries around the world.  Access policies vary by title.  Click HERE for more information.

Social Work

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.  All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.  Most titles in the Open Textbook Library have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives at no cost.  A few titles have a CC ND (No Derivatives) license component.  Please see "Conditions of use" on the item description page. 

Open textbooks are licensed under creative commons licenses or public domain.  They are available for free to students in multiple formats.  Faculty can make changes to the textbook, combine them with other resources, and share their derivative or ancillary works openly. 

OER Commons is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

MERLOT is a single search resource that locates materials from multiple OER collections.  Licenses vary by item.

Sociology

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

Transportation Engineering

InTechOpen provides access to a wide range of free, peer-reviewed  STEM textbooks.  Individual book chapters are subject to  CC BY 3.0 licensing.  Monographs  are licensed according to CC BY-NC 4.0.

WikiBooks Fundamentals of Transportation

This book is aimed at undergraduate civil engineering students, though the material may provide a useful review for practitioners and graduate students in transportation.  Often this is the first engineering course students take, which requires a switch in thinking from simply solving given problems to formulating the problem mathematically before solving it, i.e. from straight-forward calculation often found in undergraduate Calculus to vaguer word problems more reflective of the real world.

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