Open Access Textbooks

opensourceway.png Open Access textbooks (OAT) are an affordable, flexible option for students and instructors-- with free access and free permission to revise, reuse, remix and redistribute educational content. Open textbooks are available online AND most can be printed/bound and can be mixed and matched by chapters and sections for custom texts.

  1. Selected Titles
  2. Collections
Here are some selected titles to give you a flavor of OAT's. They taste just like textbooks!

Allied Health
Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. (2008). Edited by Ronda G Hughes. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [This publication is in the public domain.]

Sonography. (2012). Edited by Kerry Thoirs. InTech. [Creative Commons Attribution by 3.0]

Surgical Treatment: Evidence-Based and Problem-Oriented. (2001). Edited by René G Holzheimer and John A Mannick. Munich: Zuckschwerdt. [OA. Copyright © 2001, W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag GmbH.]

Human Resource Management (2013). Saylor. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0]

Rittenberg , L., Tregarthen, T. (2014). Principles of Microeconomics. Saylor-BC Open Campus. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0]

Exploring Business (2013). Saylor. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0]

Composition and Journalism
Briggs, M. (2007). Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive. J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism.[Creative Commons Attribution 3.0]

Writing Commons: The Home for Writers. (2014). Joseph Moxley, Ed. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0]

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, Eds. Parlor Press. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0].

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, Eds. Parlor Press. [Creative Commons Attribution 3.0].

Catherine S. J. (2013) Basic Elements of Music. [Creative Commons Attribution]

Gerald, R. and Gene R. eds. (2009). Art Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique. [Creative Commons Attribution].

Angelo, G. (2013). Liberté . [Creative Commons Attribution]

Locks, C. Mergel, S., Roseman, P. T., Spike, T. (2013). History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 . [Creative Commons Attribution]

Magnus, P.D. (2009). forall x: An Introduction to Formal Logic . [Creative Commons Attribution]

Human Services
Desrochers, M., Fallon, M. Instruction in Functional Assessment.SUNY Open Textbooks. [Credits & Permissions]

Ball, D. (2011) Introductory Chemistry. Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution].

Betts, J., DeSaix, P., Johnson, E., Johnson, J., Korol, O., Kruse, D., Poe, B., Wise, J., Young, K., (2013). Anatomy and Physiology. Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution].

Fowler, S., Roush, R., Wise, J. (2013). Concepts of Biology. Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution].

Marsden, J.E. & Weinstein, A. (1985). Calculus I, II, III with student guides Springer-Verlag, Second Edition 1985. [Courtesy of Springer-Verlag, New York.]

Urone, P., Hinrichs, R., Dirks, K., Sharma, M. (2012). College Physics. Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution].

Social Sciences
Bernnard, D., Bobish, G., Bullis, D., Hecker,J. (2014). The Information Literacy User's Guide. SUNY Open Textbooks [Credits & Permissions].

Croddy, A., Hayes, B. (2012). Criminal Justice in America. Constitutional Rights Foundation. [Terms of Use]

Open Stax College. (2013). Introduction to Sociology. Rice University. [Creative Commons Attribution].

OpenStax College. (2014). Introductory Statistics. Rice University. [Creative Commons Attribution]

Paletz, D., Owen, D., Cook, T. (2013). American Government and Politics in the Information Age. Saylor Foundation. [Creative Commons by 3.0].

Stebbins, S. (2013). Native Peoples of North America. Open SUNY Textbooks. [Credits & Permissions]

Speech Communications
Wrench, J., Goding, A., Johnson, D., Attias, B. (2011). Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking. Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike]

Student Success
Beiderwell, B., Tse, L., Lochhaas , T., deKanter, N. (2010). College Success
Open Textbook Library. [Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike]

Technology & Engineering
Hover, F. (2009). Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems. MIT Open Courseware. []

Fiore, J. Lab Manual for DC Electrical Circuits. Mohawk Valley Community College. [Creative Commons Attribution by 3.0]

Fiore, J. Lab Manual for AC Electrical Circuits. Mohawk Valley Community College. [Creative Commons Attribution by 3.0]

Mendez, M. (2014) The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming. Open SUNY Textbooks. [Credits & Permissions]

Theis, T. & Tomkin, J. (2014) Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. U of I Open Textbook Initiative. [Creative Commons Attribution]

Oppenheim, A. V. & Verghese, G. (2010). Introduction to communication control and signal processing. All but Chapter One. MIT OpenCourseWare. []


Openstax College
OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.

College Open Textbooks:
College Open Textbooks (COT) is a project of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Open Doors Group. Our focus is on community colleges and other 2-year institutions of higher education and the first two years (lower division) of 4-year institutions.

Open Textbook Library:
The Open Textbook Library is a peer-reviewed collection of textbooks in a variety of subjects for undergraduate study. The Library is sponsored by the University of Minnesota and partners with Purdue, CalPoly, among others.

Open SUNY Textbooks:
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.

CCCOER Textbooks by Discipline:
A clearinghouse of discipline-specific links to collections compiled by the Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources.