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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information about Open (and alternative) Educational Resources, including open textbooks, and where to find them.

Open Resources in Biology

This page provides access to textbook repositories along with other selected open resources. 

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive, and more resources will be continually added.  

The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.

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Open Textbooks

  • BCcampus OpenEd
    Openly licensed biology textbooks created or revised by faculty from British Columbia's post-secondary institutions.
  • Open Textbook Library
  • Natural & physical science textbooks.
  • Open SUNY
    Textbooks listed by keyword for browsing, including biology and related topics.
  • OpenStax
    Biology and related textbooks, including anatomy and microbiology.
  • OER Commons
    Life science textbooks from early college through graduate levels.
  • MIT Open Courseware
    Biology textbooks from MIT. (Limit to online textbooks)
  • Open Culture
    Open textbooks, listed by subject, including biology.
  • LibreTexts Biology

Other Resources

The Library, Limerick Institute of Technology