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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Books

The resources below provide a strong OER book collection.

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Subjects Included

  • Agriculture & Food Sciences
  • Arts & Architecture
  • Biology & Life Sciences
  • Business & Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • General Works
  • Health Sciences
  • History & Archaeology
  • Languages & Literature
  • Law & Political Science
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Science General
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology & Engineering

Licensing

  • You can read the license for each item by doing the following:
    • Click on the title of the item you are interested in.
    • Click on the "Book License" button under the cover image of the book.
  • "If not stated otherwise, all works in the OAPEN Online Library fall under the OAPEN Deposit Licence – all rights reserved. End users are allowed to read the work online, download, print and copy it for their own personal purposes within the legal framework of their national copyright law. Beyond this all rights are reserved." - DOAB
  • You can also search by license type.

To Download

  • Select subject, select title and click on "Download URL".  You may also search for books.

Subjects Included

  • Agricultural & Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Business, Management & Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Information Science
  • Earth & Planetary Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Immunology & Microbiology
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology & Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Robotics
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Veterinary Medicine & Science

Licensing

  • Various Creative Commons licenses including CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, CC BY 3.0 and CC BY-NC 4.0.  Check individual titles to see which Creative Commons License applies.  Chapter licenses may be found at the bottom of a chapter page.  For more information on their Copyright Policy (publication and use), see their Copyright Policy page.

To Download

Select a broad subject at the top or a finder subject category near the bottom of the page, select a narrower subject, select title, select a chapter, and click on the download link icon or the chapter download link below the PDF.

Subjects Included

  • Agriculture
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Biology and Life Sciences
  • Computers and Information Technology
  • Conflict and Security Issues
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Energy and Energy Conservation
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environment and Environmental Studies
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Industry and Labor
  • Math, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Policy for Science and Technology
  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Surveys and Statistics
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

Licensing

The National Academies press stipulates that "For most Academic and Educational (emphasis added) uses no royalties will be charged although you are required to obtain a license and comply with the license terms and conditions". You can find further information at their Request Rights and Permissions page.

To Download

  • Select book from list and find download or view links.

 

Subjects Included

  • Anthropology, Archaeology and Religion
  • Art and Music
  • Cinema and Photography
  • Classics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economics, Politics and Sociology
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health
  • History and Biography
  • History of the Book
  • History of Science
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Literature, Language and Culture
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies and Journalism
  • Open Field Guides
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences
  • Theatre
  • Women and Gender Studies

Licensing

  • CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise noted.  Each title has a "Copyright" tab within its record with further details.

To Download

  • Browse by subject on the left-hand side, select title, click the "Download" button next to the PDF version and then open via your "Downloads" folder.

Other OER Book Resources

Subjects Included

  • Various subjects

Licensing

  • Items have their own "Usage Policy".  Most, if not all, items stipulate no commercial use of materials.

To Download

  • Select book from list and find download or view links.

Subjects Included

  • Various subjects

Licensing

  • Items have their own "Usage Policy".  Most, if not all, items stipulate no commercial use of materials.

To Download

  • Select boo section from list and find download or view links

Subjects Included

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

Licensing

  • "Each author and publisher has their own terms and conditions in the forms of free/open licenses, public domain or other specific ones." ~ FreeTechBooks

Subjects Included

  • Various subjects

Licensing

  • Comprised of Public Domain books

To Download

  • Search for a book, click on the title hyperlink, "X" out of the cover preview (top right) then "Read for Free" or "Download PDF".

Subjects Included

  • Computer Science

Licensing

  • CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted

To Download

  • Select a title and click the "Download..." or "Read..." links.

Subjects Included

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemestry
  • Bioethics
  • Cancer
  • Carcinogens
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemicals & Drugs
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Computational Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diseases
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Health Care, Health Education, Health Policy
  • History
  • Immunology
  • Information Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Public Health
  • Small Molecule Libraries
  • Statistics
  • Viruses

Licensing

  • Within individual titles, click the "Copyright and Permissions" link below the citation

To Download/Use

  • At the top, select "Books" then, on the left-hand side, select  "Book" as "Type".  Put the subject you are looking for in the search box at the top then "Search".   For full-text books, you may read the book using the "PubReader" or download individual chapters, and/or b) search within the book using the "Search this Book" feature.  You may also search all books at the top of the page.

Subjects Included

  • Animals
  • Children's Books
  • Classics
  • Countries
  • Crime
  • Education
  • Fiction
  • Fine Arts
  • General Works
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language & Literature
  • Law
  • Music
  • Psychology & Philosoophy
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology
  • Wars

Licensing

  • Most items are within the public domain. Copyright status can be found under the "Bibliographic Record" section of each book once you click on the book cover or book title hyperlink.