The information contained in this chapter introduces you to some trusted places to look for OER. So often we find that new adopters start by searching on Google for potential open resources for their course. While Google will search a vast amount of available information, it can bring back so many unrelated webpages that one can get easily discouraged. Using repositories and integrated search tools that specifically warehouse or link to OER is the best place to begin the task of locating open course materials.

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All sections of this chapter:

    • Introduction
    • Best Bets
    • Federated Search Tools
    • Institutional Collections
    • Subject Specific Repositories
    • OER by Course
    • Open Content (Not explicitly OER)

Located in the The OER Starter Kit Workbook in the chapter called Repositories & Search Tools.


Upon completion of the readings, return to this page. 


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1. Below is a demonstration video on using the OASIS search tool. The OASIS search tool makes it easier to search for OER across the collections of over 500 institutions. This video was created by Dr. A. Nicole Pfannenstiel, an experienced OER adopter and professor at Millersville University.

OASIS: an Introductory Video (4m 20s)



2. Open Educational Resources (OER): Where to Find Videos and Images (5m 33s)


Upon completion of the videos, return to this page. 


Icon of a closed book with many tabs. There is a gear on the cover.  Resources

  • OASIS Search Tool – This tool was created by SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library
  •  McNairy Library at Millersville University maintains a research guide called Open Educational Resources: For Educators. This guide contains a growing list of places to search for OER and is maintained by the Library Faculty.


icon of a person with their head propped up on their hands and a thought bubble overheadSomething to Ponder

  • A seasoned OER adopter can be a valuable mentor for you as you navigate the path to adopting openly licensed resources for your course. Talk with colleagues about your OER adoption journey and see if they can recommend someone who has been successfully using OER. Ask them to be a member of your team as a mentor. Typically, OER adopters are very enthusiastic and welcome the opportunity to guide someone through the adoption process.
  • Discuss with your mentor questions or ideas you might have. Ask them for search strategies they have used to increase their success in locating resources.

We are also building a community of readers of this book on Twitter, join us at #OERJourney to discuss your progress!



Navigate to the next chapter called “Evaluating OER


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