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Open Educational Resources for Sociology: Why Use Open Educational Resources?

Links to Sociology OER textbooks and course materials.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others." (UNESCO, 2019)

Why use OER? They are accessible academic resources that are available at no cost! 

UCNJ Libraries' resources, including licensed eBooks, online journals, streaming videos, and other digital resources, are not Open Educational Resources (OER). Although these various library resources are free to use by students, faculty, and staff, they are licensed and paid resources that do not allow for access without UCNJ credentials. 


This Subject Guide will provide links to Sociology Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks and course materials. Additionally, you will find Sociology Open Access (OA) resources in the Open Access Resources for Sociology page. OA resources are free to use and do not have any paywalls! 

Check out UCNJ Libraries' other OER and OA subject guides for more information on OER and OA resources!


UNESCO. (2019). Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). UNESCO.



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Getting Started! (faculty & staff resources)

Useful resources for faculty and staff interested in using OER for their courses or for students who want to learn more about OER

UCNJ LibGuides at Union College