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Open Education Resources (OER): Finding OERs

A one stop shop to explore Open Educational Resource for CDU academics and students.

OER World Map of Key OER Initiatives

Important OER discovery tools


Europeana provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more.


LibreCommons hosts curated OER from all 14 LibreTexts libraries in one convenient location


A curated collection of open resources    

 OASIS - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search

A search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier

 OER Commons

A digital content hub, from diverse content providers internationally

Pressbooks Directory

Pressbooks Directory

This directory provides an index of 3,362 books published across 114 Pressbooks networks.

Skills Commons

Open workforce training materials

Searching Google for OER

Using Google Advanced Search is a great way to find resources by license type. Here are directions on how to use Google Advanced Search to find materials with open licenses.

  1. On the Google Advanced Search (Links to an external site.) page, scroll to the bottom and look for the "usage rights" field.
  2. Change the "usage rights" field to "free to use share or modify" or "free to use, share or modify, even commercially" depending on what type of license you want.
  3. Use the other fields to plug in keywords and to narrow your results.
  4. Hit the "Advanced Search" button.
  5. The results page should show only Creative Commons resources. Make sure to verify the exact license type and terms of use. 

You can watch the following video for a demonstration of a Google Advanced Search:

Here are a few more Google search tips:

  1. To find specific types of websites such as .gov or .edu type in the search box or
  2. To eliminate specific websites or words you can use a minus symbol before the word. For example if you want to search for something but do not want Wikipedia to show up in the results simply type in the search box -Wikipedia.
  3. Use quotations around a phrase to search for results containing that exact phrase. For example search for "climate change" will return less, but more relevant results than searching for the phrase without quotation marks.


David Wiley, Open Education Week: Finding Open Educational Resources, Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Open book collections

Australian flag .eps Royalty Free Stock SVG Vector Australian

         Search for Australian OER in this OER Commons repository.

        JCU Open eBooks is James Cook University’s open books platform.

         Collection of resources and open textbooks.

A pair of hands holding a blue and green globe. Earth world hands. - PICRYL  - Public Domain Media Search Engine Public Domain Search Around the World

Other types of OERs

Use the Creative Commons meta search tool CC Search to search for a wide range of openly licensed images, audio and videos:

Find images

Open courses

Find images

  • Pexels Tagged, searchable stock photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license

  • Pixabay Huge variety of public domain images. Warning: the first row of images in any search are sponsored results from Shutterstock and are not in the public domain.

  • The Public Domain Review Dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

  •  Unsplash Free hi-res photos provided by a community of photographers

  • File:Commons-logo.svg - Wikimedia CommonsWikimedia Commons Large collection of public domain and Creative Commons images, sounds, maps, and other media.

  • WorldImages You are free to use these images for non-profit educational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images.

Find and create diverse images


  • National Geologic Map Database Developing a distributed archive of standardized geoscience information for the nation.
  • UNESCO - Interactive Map Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.
  • World Digital Library This collection contains cultural heritage materials gathered during the World Digital Library (WDL) project, including thousands of items contributed by partner organizations worldwide as well as content from Library of Congress collections.
  • World Factbook Provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Find videos

  • Bozeman Science ​Paul Andersen has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by learners around the world.

  • DnaTube ​Your main resource for descriptive science videos for learning and teaching.

  • DocumentaryHeaven ​ An educational website featuring documentary films sourced from all over the internet. 

  • Khan Academy ​Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

  • Latest Thinking (open access research videos) Researchers present short overviews of their recent academic publications.

  • Medline Plus Videos ​Watch health videos on topics such as anatomy, body systems, and surgical procedures. Test your knowledge with interactive tutorials and games. Check your health with calculators and quizzes.

  • Moving Image Internet Archive ​Download or listen to free movies, films, and videos

  • Open Culture

    Cultural and educational media such as audiobooks, ebooks, textbooks, online courses and movies

  • Open Video Project  A collection of digitized video to study a wide range of problems in the use of such content.

  • PBS LearningMedia Bring the World to Your Classroom​

  • Pixabay: videos

    Stock video clips and footage. Note: sponsored videos from iStock are not freely available.

  • The Public Domain Review Films ​Dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

  • Stanford Health Video Library ​Stanford doctors and researchers present the latest health information through recorded lectures.

  • Ted Talks ​TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

  • Top Documentary Films ​Since January 2007, TDF has been curating awesome documentaries and it's been a host to a vibrant community of people.

  • World Lecture Project ​International archive for academic videos

  • YouTube

    Video-sharing platform. Videos are free to view but cannot necessarily be adapted or modified. Use the Creative Commons filter to find CC-licensed content.

Find teaching resources

Finding OERs - images and videos

The first video below shows how to find creative commons videos on YouTube.

The second video highlights several online sites that feature OER images and videos that are freely available.


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