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Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative @ LMU

This guide is designed to help LMU faculty learn about, discover, adapt, and create open and/or free alternatives to traditional costly course materials.

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Nataly Blas
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Subjects: Economics, Psychology

Faculty Select: Start Here for E-books and OER

Faculty Select is a good starting place for LMU faculty to discover and select open and affordable e-books for their courses through a single search. Search over 160,000 titles across all disciplines from LMU's collection of unlimited-user e-books, select OER repositories, and e-books available for library acquisition.

Streaming Media

The library has access to educational, documentary, and popular videos available in streaming format for unlimited simultaneous users, which makes them ideal for integrating into your courses. You can find individual titles by searching in the library catalog, or you can browse individual media collections. Like e-books, if we don't have something that you need in our collections, let us know by filling out the request form below.

Digital Collections

Resources from LMU Library's Digital Collections, including scholarship hosted in Digital Commons and digitized primary sources from our library collections are also excellent candidates for course resources. (And don't forget about the wealth of other digitized primary sources available from libraries and museums around the world.) 

More OER

Faculty Select is a good starting place to find OER, but it only harvests metadata from a few repositories. Here are some more places to search. Although you may find duplicate results, each is also likely to have a particular focus with unique items available for you to reuse, revise, and remix as you need for your courses.

Can't find what you're looking for? Librarians are experts in finding and evaluating resources, including OER. The library has copyright / author rights experts and librarians with subject expertise who can help you navigate this new and growing area. Get in touch with your librarian liaison to get started, or contact Nataly Blas, Collection Development and Open Education Librarian. 

Search OER by Subject

The following resource guides created by experts at other libraries have useful collections of discipline-specific OER.