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Textbook Affordability

Options for reducing overall textbook costs from the Earlham College Libraries.

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used by educators and students. Anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share these materials.

OER can include Textbooks, Video Tutorials, Lesson Plans, Slide Decks, Quizzes, Entire Courses, and more.

Finding OER

Having trouble locating relevant OER for your subject? Consider looking at curated lists of OER, like this one from Iowa State University Library. Or talk to a librarian. Librarians can help you conduct custom searches using these and other OER search engines.

Creating OER

If you can't find OER in your subject area, consider publishing your own. Whether your OER is a syllabus, or a lesson plan, or a full textbook--These resources will help you think through the logistics of creating your own OER and how to share your material.

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