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Searching for Open Education Resources

A guide created by UBC Library dedicated to open education and open access resources.

The following guides were developed to suggest tools and sources for finding open education resources. While there are many more resources available to you, the following sources have been evaluated or curated by librarians to make the searching process easier.

Open Education Resource Repositories

An open education repository is an online storage system that allows educators to share, manage and use education resources. The repository contains a collection of learning items that support instruction. These items include: open textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes (e.g. iclickers, etc.), videos, animations, handouts, interactive activities and tools (e.g. apps), and powerpoint presentations. UBC Library has created a guide of vetted open education resource repositories. The repositories have been evaluated according to the Open Education Resource Repositories (OERR) Rubric created in collaboration with 10 academic libraries in British Columbia. The assessment process is ongoing and this page will be updated as new OERR's are added.

Open Access Journals

UBC Library's Open Collections are publicly-accessible collections that reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.

The basic idea of Open Access is simple, make research literature available online, without price barriers and without most permissions barriers (aside from attribution). There are a number of open access journals that can be used when providing instruction in open environments.

  • Finding Open Access Journals Guide
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - This site contains more information on Open Access publishing, as well as a directory of nearly 10,000 Open Access, full-text, and often peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These journals are freely available online, and typically allow authors to retain the copyright to their work.


UBC Library's Open Collections

UBC Library's Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond. Open Collections also allows you to run an API. Run powerful queries, perform advanced analysis, and build custom views, apps, and widgets with full access to the Open Collections' metadata and transcripts.