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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Information on what OER is, how it can be used, and how to find quality open educational resources.

Open Educational Resources at Mason

The Libraries proudly support faculty making their courses affordable for all students. Among other things, the Libraries offer a large collection of textbooks for student use and support making library-licensed e-content available to your students. We’re also ready to help you discover, use or even develop and publish your own open educational resources

  • Choose a standard textbook, put a physical copy on reserve, then let your students know how to access it.
  • If your course is covered by the criteria of the Libraries’ TextSelect program, make students aware that the textbook is available to check out at the Fenwick Library Information Desk.
  • Choose a textbook or articles where the library already offers free digital access. Place the item on ‘e-reserve‘ and then link to the item on your Blackboard site or include a link in your syllabus.
  • Choose an existing Open Educational Resource, see our Finding OER page for more details.

Mason OER Metafinder

The University Libraries is the proud home of the Mason OER Metafinder, the first tool of its kind that can search 21 quality sources for OER simultaneously. Additional information on the OER Metafinder can be found at

To start searching for Open Educational Resources, you can enter your search terms in the box below or click Advanced Search for more options. Further tools to search for OER can be found on the Finding OER page.

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
Advanced Search

Libraries Teaching and Learning Support

The Libraries' Teaching and Learning Team supports undergraduates in general education courses, as well as graduates, faculty, and community members familiarizing themselves with the Mason Libraries. As part of their overall portfolio, Teaching and Learning staff work collaboratively with Mason Publishing to help faculty identify appropriate OER materials for undergraduate teaching.

Other services offered include:

  • Reference and Research Support
    • The Gateway Library offers drop-in reference and research services, especially for undergraduate research.
  • Classroom Instruction Sessions
    • Classroom Instruction provided by the The Teaching and Learning Team facilitates the development of research and critical thinking skills.
  • Workshops
    • In addition to by-request workshops, the Teaching and Learning Team offers regular workshops on the Zotero citation management software.

Further information about the ways that Mason supports OER can be found on the Support for OER at Mason page.


All original content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  All linked content maintains its respective license. This page is based on a similar guide from the University of Oklahoma Libraries with permission.