CUNY Academic Works

This Open Educational Resources series collects research and instructional materials — from articles to original textbooks and syllabi — by the faculty of the City University of New York. Users can search by institution, author, or discipline. (Users can search across 913 disciplines!) For instance, Queensborough Community College has developed a number of math OERs…

Writing Commons

Writing Commons offers a repository of webtexts for college-level courses across the disciplines that require writing and research. Resources include materials on information literacy, ethical citation practices, style and usage, genre and audience, new media, and research and writing processes and methods. Visit Writing Commons  

OER Commons

OER Commons aggregates and organizes OER materials ranging from labs to textbooks to full courses by subject area, grade levels,  and type of material. The robust search and and filtering functionalities make it easy to find materials that might be of use in for courses in many disciplines. Visit OER Commons

Teaching Commons

This aggregate site compiles and organizes by subject open access materials from higher ed institutional repositories. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more. Visit Teaching Commons

Words Without Borders Campus

Words Without Border Campus is the educational sister site to Words Without Borders, the online magazine for international literature. The Campus site, geared primarily toward high school and college classrooms, draws from Words Without Borders’ rich archive of literature-in-translation and organizes it into national and thematic units, customizable to a range of courses and interests….


HERB is a highly curated database of primary sources, assignments, and other teaching materials related to the social history of the United States. Most resources are designed to give an account of what life was like for “ordinary” people during important moments in US history.  It is run by the American Social History Project/Center for…


Smarthistory is a Webby Award-winning OER textbook created by two professors who wanted to bring the artifacts of museums to students who couldn’t easily access them. Described as “a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage,” Smarthistory provides a comprehensive collection of videos, images, and essays organized around themes and approaches relevant to…

Art History Teaching Resources

Art History Teaching Resources is a peer-curated and populated site where instructors share lesson plans and resourcesrelated to art history. You will find a rich array of detailed syllabi, assignments, exams, image clusters, and video tours of important museum collections–a useful accessibility tool if students do not have first hand access to the art. This…

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP Study Guide

This resource is for educators who would like to use the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Even if the film (available for purchase) or subject does not speak directly to your course content or goals, there are several excellent ideas for activities and discussion questions that could be adapted for courses…

Open Stax

Developed as an open source educational technology initiative at Rice University, OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed textbooks that cover topics for many of the nation’s highest enrolled introductory college courses.The platform’s first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and the library offerings have since expanded to include to more than 20 books for college…

Open Library

Open Library is an extensive catalog of published books. The goal of Open Library is to “list every book — whether in-print or out-of-print, available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text.” The catalog contains over 20 million recorded books and the platform provides access to ~1.7 million scanned versions of books. If…

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg provides access to over 55,000 freely downloadable ebooks. The goal is to “encourage the creation and distribution of digital books, commonly known as eBooks, providing copyright free books for download via their website.” Check out the history and statistics of the project on the Project Gutenberg Blog. Visit Project Gutenberg Image source: Internet Archive