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Open Resources and Creative Commons

This guide lists sources for finding content that you can use and adapt without worrying about copyright or fees.

Open Textbooks

Open Textbook Library at University of Minnesota

Disciplines include general education, social sciences, accounting and finance, business, management, marketing, mathematics, humanities, language (writing and speaking), history, natural and physical sciences


OpenStax  offers free, peer-reviewed, introductory textbooks in subjects including social sciences, chemistry, biology, mathematics, ecomomics, and U.S. history.  Go ahead and adapt them to fill your needs!

BC Campus Ed

These textbooks are used in Canada and beyond. Subjects include French language, sociology, biology, anatomy and physiology, economics and more.

OER Commons

OER Commons offers texts for a wide variety of subjects and levels. Topics include law, humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and more.

SUNY Open Textbooks

Browse a variety of college-level textbooks from the State University of New York. Subjects include, music, filmmaking, math and science.

Orange Grove Text Plus, University Press of Florida

Scholarly textbooks about a wide variety of topics. Check license details for usage rights.

Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) This list links to hundreds of open access scholarly journals published around the world.

Books and Primary Sources

Project Gutenberg - vast collection of fiction and nonfiction, largely no longer protected by copyright

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR

Internet Archive Open Library

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, and Law - primary sources about slavery in the U.S. and elsewhere from HeinOnline