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Open Educational Resources (OER)

How to find, evaluate, use, and adapt OER materials for use in the classroom to help reduce textbook costs.

Library resources

Library resources, while not free to the University, are another option for course materials. These can include e-books, streaming video and journal articles. Explore the links below and contact your librarian for more information.

Library Resources

eBooks can be found from the main USC Libraries' Search. Enter some search terms, then select "Books" and then "Refine Your Search" by selecting options such as "Available online" and the Date range and other options such as Database or Subject.

eBook collections can also be browsed through various subscription databases. Some selected databases are below, but the full list can be found on our databases page. We also have a guide to eBooks that may be helpful including "Using eBooks For A Course?"

Streaming media including video and music is available from a variety of sources, some of which are shown below. For more information, please see our Guide to Streaming Media.

Course reserves are course-related materials (i.e., articles, book chapters, streaming videos) assigned by instructors and made available by USC Libraries.

Automated Reserves System (ARES) manages course reserves including electronic reserves and physical reserve requests. Maintained and operated by the Integrated Document Delivery (IDD) department, the ARES database differs from Blackboard as it is supported by USC Libraries staff to manage physical and electronic reserve requests obtainable and available from library resources. 

For more information, go to: http://libguides.usc.edu/reserves