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Science Open Textbooks
OpenStax Textbooks - Science
High quality, peer-reviewed textbooks in Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Openly licensed and 100% free.To access faculty-only materials, create a free OpenStax account.
Open Textbook Libary - Science
Complete textbooks that have been reviewed by a variety of college and university faculty, and can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
OER Commons Open Textbooks by Subject
A large repository that includes all kinds of Open Educational Resources. Use the search limiters to narrow by education level, material type (i.e. Textbooks) and subject.
Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)
The Mason OER Metafinder searches across 21 different repositories (including OpenStax, OER Commons and MERLOT) as well as sites like HathiTrust, DPLA, Internet Archive and NYPL Digital Collections. Please check the rights of any item you use. Resources found in MOM may be Open Access but not OER.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool for finding open content, including textbooks, courses, course modules, audiobooks, video and more.
Student Created Science OER
Environmental ScienceBites by
This book was written by undergraduate students at The Ohio State University (OSU) who were enrolled in the class Introduction to Environmental Science. The chapters describe some of Earth’s major environmental challenges and discuss ways that humans are using cutting-edge science and engineering to provide sustainable solutions to these problems. Topics are as diverse as the students, who represent virtually every department, school and college at OSU. The environmental issue that is described in each article is particularly important to the author, who hopes that their story will serve as inspiration to protect Earth for all life.
Open Pedagogy in the Sciences
Open Access Science Textbooks
Science OER Examples
CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe & Everything by
Publication Date: 2019-08-01
This text is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the key ideas in chemistry. We have designed the book to show how these ideas are developed from simple to complex systems and how they relate to each other. We consider three ideas central to an understanding of chemistry: the structure of matter, the properties of matter, and the energy changes involved in the reorganization of matter; all are connected by the interactions or forces that cause matter to interact. We aim to provide compelling reasons why you will find yourself wanting to learn chemistry and to illustrate what you will be able to do with this knowledge once you have learned it.
Quantitative Ecology by
Publication Date: 2019-08-01
Quantitative Ecology introduces and discusses the principles of ecology from populations to ecosystems including human populations, disease, exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and global dynamics. The book also reformulates and unifies ecological equations making them more accessible to the reader and easier to teach.
Climate Toolkit: A Resource Manual for Science and Action by
Publication Date: July 1, 2020
Book Description: The Climate Toolkit is a resource manual designed to help the reader navigate the complex and perplexing issue of climate change by providing tools and strategies to explore the underlying science. As such it contains a collection of activities that make use of readily available on-line resources developed by research groups and public agencies. These include web-based climate models, climate data archives, interactive atlases, policy papers, and “solution” catalogs. Unlike a standard textbook, it is designed to help readers do their own climate research and devise their own perspective rather than providing them with a script to assimilate and repeat.
Introduction to Oceanography by
Publication Date: July 2020
Introduction to Oceanography is a textbook appropriate to an introductory-level university course in oceanography. The book covers the fundamental geological, chemical, physical and biological processes in the ocean, with an emphasis on the North Atlantic region.