OER Search Tools
Using Search Tools to Find OER
Be aware that these search tools rely on license metadata being detected on the source webpage(s), and you should confirm the license on the content you want to reuse before doing so.
Google is a popular and common search tool we all use daily, but you may not be aware of its advanced search features. The Google Advanced Search allows you to filter results by usage rights. Use the usage rights drop-down menu to filter results and select either of the last two options.
not filtered by license (default)
free to use or share (CC BY-NC-ND)
free to use or share, even commercially (CC BY-ND)
free to use, share, or modify (CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-SA)
free to use, share, or modify, even commercially (CC BY or CC BY-SA)
To the extent possible under law, Tina Mullins has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to "Google Advanced Search Usage Rights". This work is published from the United States.
You can also find open images, graphics, infographics, etc. using Google Image Search by clicking “Tools” on the results page and using the Usage Rights drop-down menu. Note that the menu options are a little different. Select “Creative Commons Licenses” to see open images.
Creative Commons Licenses
Commercial and Other Licenses
To the extent possible under law, Tina Mullins has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to "Google Image Usage Rights". This work is published from the United States.
Finding More...images, videos, audio
Video (be sure videos include accurate captions or a transcript to allow for full accessibility)
Audio (be sure audio files include a transcript to allow for full accessibility)
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, ask your campus or subject librarian for help locating relevant OER or other zero cost course materials. Many academic libraries curate online guides related to OER. Your institution's library may have curated online tools for finding OER. One example is from Washtenaw Community College’s OER Research Guide. Check to see if your librarians created one. It can be a nice supplement to your learning in these modules.
Information for this module was consulted and adapted from
"Library as Open Education Leader: Searching for Open Materials Template 1 & 2" by Quill West is licensed under CC BY 4.0.