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Open Educational Resources (OERs): Assigned Readings

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

Using PSU Library sources for assigned readings

One way to reduce costs for students is to assign readings from content held by PSU Library.  Most of PSU's journal holdings are in electronic format, allowing you to link to articles you want to assign. Information about identifying persistent links to articles is available here. If the desired content is part of the Library's print holdings, an article or a book chapter can be scanned and made available through the Library's e-reserves system. Search the Library catalog to make sure we have the article, chapter, etc. and place it on ereserve.

PSU-Licensed eBooks and Media

PSU Library subscribes to a wealth of online materials you may wish to incorporate into your course assignments. When you search the Library catalog you can filter your results for eBooks, Streaming Audio, or PSU Online Sources to find these. 


Another way to find eBooks that may be to browse through some of the eBook collections the Library holds.

Finding Open Access Journal Articles

Have a citation to a journal article not held by PSU Library? Are you running into a paywall when you try to get to it?

Check the Digital Open Access Identifier database to see if it's possible to find an open access version of the article.

Here's more information about the tool.