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Biology Research Guide

What are OER - Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

What are OER? Why use OER? Where is OER? How is OER created? Who can help?

Open Educational Resources for Biology

OER books come from many sources. Some are developed by the author specifically to teach a course, some are new textbooks from a commercial publisher that the author negotiated to be published open access, some are older textbooks where the copyright has reverted to the author. Here are some examples of the variety of OER books you can find.

Examples of Biology Open Textbooks

Open Textbook Collections to Search or Browse

Open Lab Simulations