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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Adding OERs to Course Readings

OERs can be included in Course Readings in the same way as other resources - either through Discover (the catalogue) or by using the CiteIt! tool.

USC Library's Discover:

  • Includes several OER collections such as Open Textbook Library, OER Commons and OpenStax
  • Includes some databases that contain both subscription content and Open Access (OA) content
  • Identifies OA content by the open padlock symbol or the presence of Creative Commons licence information

CiteIt! Tool:

  • Enables Course Coordinators to add OERs to their lists from sites such as Open Textbook LibraryOER Commons and OpenStax
  • Metadata from the source page, including the CC licence information, is automatically transferred into Course Readings
  • When searching for an item in Course Readings search results offer an Open Access filter (although it indicates '0' count, you can click the Open Access link to see results)

For more information on adding resources to your reading list see the Course Readings Library Guide.

Getting help with OERs

If you would like to adopt OERs in your course but you're not sure where to start, contact your Liaison Librarian.

They can help find appropriate OERs which will align to your course learning outcomes.

USC courses using OERs

USC courses currently using OERs:

Course Textbook title Publisher
CHM210 Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry OpenStax
CMN104 Introduction to Screen and Media Industries Understanding media and culture : an introduction to mass communication University of Minnesota Libraries
LAW408 Intellectual Property Australian IP Law Open Textbook wikiJuris
SCI105 Chemistry Chemistry OpenStax
TPP115 Maths for Science and Engineering Calculus Vol. 1; Intermediate Algebra; Precalculus OpenStax

Are you using an OER in your course? Let us know and we'll add your course to the list!


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