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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Open Educational Resources and Affordable Textbook Alternatives

Are Open Educational Resources high quality?

To help identify high-quality materials, some OER repositories include peer reviews and ratings. For example, OpenStax offers high-quality, professionally peer-reviewed texts that are comparable to publisher texts. Open Textbook Library also features 5-star, detailed post-production peer ratings of OER textbooks, which allows you to quickly assess the quality of the text. Since access to the materials is free, you too have the option to personally review the information and assess its coverage of the course material.

Are OERs as rigorous as commercial textbooks?