Find OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that come in a variety of formats and can reside in many different locations. Consequently, finding OER can prove to be difficult. Below you will find methods and resources you can use to locate the learning materials that can best fit the needs of your course and students.

Finding OER Toolkit

Follow these 6 steps to begin your search for Open Educational Resources.

Six steps to begin your search for Open Educational Resources.

  1. Set aside time. Searching for OER takes time and persistence, just like research.
  2. Identify keywords. Use keywords from your content area and learning objectives to perform relevant searches.
  3. Locate an OER text. Browse through OER repositories to see if a full open textbook already exists for your course.
  4. Supplement. Continue browsing to find other content related to your search like course shells and syllabi. Remember Open Educational Resources can be combined and modified to fit the specific needs of a course.
  5. Review the resources. As the content expert, use any rubric you deem necessary when searching for new teaching and learning materials to use in your course.
  6. Ask for help! Request a consultation with, or email Gabby Hernandez, the Open Education Librarian, for support at any time throughout this process.


Adopted OER at UTRGV

College of Education & P-16 Integration

College of Engineering & Computer Science

College of Fine Arts

College of Liberal Arts

College of Sciences

Robert C. Vacker College of Business & Entrepreneurship

School of Nursing

University College

OER Searching Tools

There are many places one can search for OER. It often takes searching through multiple repositories and aggregators to find something that fits your course needs. The links provided below are a good place to begin your search but are by no means the only places to find open educational resources. If you would like a librarian to assist you during this process, you can fill out the OER Request Form. A librarian will curate resources based on the information you provide.

OER Searching Guide

This linked guide can be downloaded and saved to help you search open repositories for OER. The guide ranks each repository by its ease of use but these repositories can be searched in any order.

Openly Licensed Image Searching Guide

This linked guide can be downloaded and saved to help you search open image repositories for Openly Licensed and Diverse images.

Every platform has its own unique search benefits and strategies. To help guide your searches, we have provided short videos on how to search the most popular OER searching platforms.

Search for OER Content

OER by Subject Guides

UTRGV Librarians have created research guides to provide faculty and students a place to find resources for their discipline and subject area. Listed below you will find links to the curated OER page for each area. If you do not see your subject area or discipline represented please contact to create one.