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Science and Engineering

Science and Engineering Open Educational Resources


Science and Engineering Textbooks:

  • BCampus OpenEd: The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.Textbooks are available for Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Maths, Statistics, and Physics.
  • College Open Textbooks: College Open Textbooks (COT) is one of the premier resources for locating and adopting open-licensed textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OERs). Textbooks are available in the areas of Biology & Genetics, Chemistry, Computer & Information Science, Engineering & Electronics, General Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Probability.
  • CORE Materials Repository: The CORE Materials Repository contains 1670 open educational resources (OERs) in Materials Science and Engineering, freely available under a range of Creative Commons licenses.
  • Global Text Project: The Global Text Project is a joint project of the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and The Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver. It aims to publish electronic texts for students in the developing world and maintains a database of links to books for such students.
  • National Academies Press: The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the US National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. More than 8,500 titles are offered in PDF format. Almost all of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book (Source: NAP webpage). Subjects covered include Biology and Life Sciences, Computers and Information Technology, Earth Sciences, Energy and Energy Conservation, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Environmental Studies, Math, Chemistry and Physics, Policy, Space and Aeronautics, Surveys and Statistics, and Transport and Infrastructure.
  • OpenStax Textbooks: OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s their mission to improve student access to education. Their first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and their library since scaled to 29 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Textbooks are available for Math and Science subjects.
  • Open Textbook Library: Open Textbook Library (OTL) provides textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. They can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. Subjects covered include Computer Science & Information Systems, Engineering, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.
  • WikiBooks: Wikibooks is a collection of open-content textbooks.This is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone can edit. Wikibooks includes textbooks, annotated texts, instructional guides, and manuals. Subjects covered include Computing, Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.