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Open Educational Resources


On this page you will find Humanities resources along with supplemental teaching materials.  

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to students and faculty who are interested in open educational resources for use in the classroom.

For information about Creative Commons and quick reference to license definitions see the Creative Commons page.


  • Open Textbook Library: hundreds of complete, open college-level textbooks.
  • BC Campus Open Textbooksa curated collection of open textbooks, many reviewed by British Columbia faculty.
  • Global Textbook Project:  texts hosted or created by the University of Georgia.
  • Wikibooks: A project of the Wikimedia Foundation, this collection of group-written textbooks in a variety of sources follows rules similar to Wikipedia.
  • Project Gutenberg: full text of classics and public domain works.
  • Bloomsbury Academic: UK publisher who has released some of their academic titles for open access/open education.

Open Courseware

Merlot: online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Includes open textbooks. The Material Type and Audience limiters in Advanced Search are particularly helpful.
OER Commons: This resource seeks to collect and distribute a variety of OER at a variety of levels and subjects. The Education Level search scope and Material Type facet are particularly helpful.
Open Course Library A project of the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the Open Course Library offers course materials for 81 of Washington's most enrolled college courses. Saylor offers full, openly licensed courses online as well as advice on how to figure out whether something is openly licensed. 
Open Education Consortium: An independent search engine that indexes open education courses from members of the Open Education Consortium. Note that this search includes resources from Merlot (listed above) but has less advanced search functionality.

ACLS Humanities Open eBook Collection

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is proud to participate in Humanities Open Book (HOB), a program intended to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into free e-books.