Skip to Main Content
[NJIT Library Logo]

Workshop: Intro to OER: Using Open Educational Resources @ NJIT

This interactive session will help you get started finding good quality free or inexpensive web or library information sources for teaching in your subject area. Learn about the NJIT OAT initiative to support faculty in adopting OERs. Bring your syllabus

Where to Search

Search Multiple Repositories at Once

at Creative Commons Website (includes images)

at George Mason Libraries 

at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library's OASIS search tool

at Teaching Commons (showcases high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities and makes them available to educators and students around the world.)


use Google (use Advanced Setting to set usage rights for open licenses)

SEARCH ALL at the Library  (check filter box for full-text or books)

Proquest eBook Central (Already licensed ebooks--check w/ librarian for unlimited licenses)


Return to Comprehensive Research Guide to OER


Repository Name Description Notes

Open Textbook Library

Includes over 200 open textbooks from accounting to the social sciences. Most open textbooks are reviewed during production, using systems implemented by the authors and publishers. 
  • Maintained by the Open Textbook Network (OTN) - 500+ active network campuses
  • Around 60% of books in the Open Textbook Library have been reviewed.
  • Most authors and publishers keep an archive of past versions and editions.
  • NJIT member institution privileges also includes OTN sponsored workshops to train faculty on advocating OERs. 


Includes 25+ open textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. This is a foundation covered resource and has contributing authors from MIT to community colleges. So there is a pre-production, peer-review  process similar to what is found in scholarly journals. OpenStax is really trying to ensure the quality of the content immediately. 
  •  link to any chapter and add to Moodle.
  • download print version in high or low resolution.
  • has browsable headings
  • Instructor Resources available (need to register)
Repository Name Description Notes


This resource maintained by the California State System. They have been doing this since the 1990s. So when you are searching in Merlot, you will be getting textbooks from 2016 all the way back to the early days of the Web. And because of that, this probably should not be the first place to find OER. Going through a smaller curated collection – you might find what you are looking for and that is great. Going through Merlot, you will be inundated with so many resources some of which might be older, expired links. So Merlot is a place you would need to go after you check out the smaller collections.
  • Includes a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty developed resources, including web sources, PDF, videos, images, and much more...
Collection Name Description  Notes

NJIT Library

The collection comprises over 390,000 volumes with 34 full-text databases, over 55,000 electronic journals, 168,000 ebooks and 222,000 physical holdings.
  • Ability to search across multiple databases and filter results
  • Ability to search a specific database 
  • Contains high-quality resources in various formats
  • Free to NJIT faculty and students
  • Library support via chat, telephone, email and in-person


New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982
(973) 596-3206
Contact Us | Ask A Librarian |  Map & Directions | A to Z Site Index

Copyrighted 2024 | Robert W. Van Houten Library