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Open Source Literature: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Free digital and open source access to literature. Most of these are classic writings in novels, short stories, essays (mainly history and philosophy), reference, plays, and poetry but some digital textbooks are available, too.

How to use this guide

Discover what Open Educational Resources(OER) are; why you should consider using them; where you can find them and examples of how they have been used in other institutions of higher education

What are Open Educational Resources?

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Why OER?

What does OER include?


  • Syllabi
  • Content modules

Course materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Assignments
  • Simulations
  • Learning objects
  • Labs


  • Journal articles
  • E-books
  • Image Galleries
  • Video Libraries


  • Software
  • Calculators
  • Analytics

(Modified from "Open Educational Resources(OER)" Marilyn Billings & Charlotte Roh, UMass Amherst )


Contact us!

Additional Open Educational Resources and suggestions are welcome.

Any MCC librarian:

781-280-3705 (Bedford) 
978-656-3005 (Lowell)


MCC Librarians Can Help You

  • Locate an open textbook

  • Locate Creative Commons or public domain images, multimedia, learning objects, assessments, etc.

  • Determine the license or copyright status of a resource you would like to use

  • Properly attribute open educational resources

  • Adopt, adapt (edit), or publish open educational resource

Thanks to Olivia Reinaur and the entire OER Team at Tidewater Community College for assistance with this Guide.

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