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This library guide is intended to help you find the best research for your communication classes

About Open Education Resources (OERs)

Openly accessible educational resources are a part of a growing movement to share knowledge and information in a freely accessible way, with limited to no restrictions.  There are many repositories where you may search for course materials, textbooks, and Internet projects by subject.

Open Access

Specific OERs related to Communication

Materials from the courses (such as assignments, syllabi, and calendars are available for download and adaptation). Below are links to specific open education resources related to Communication. However, you may peruse OERs from the repositories listed in the left columns.

Open Access Journals

DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals
The Directory of Open Access Journals provides links to peer-reviewed, academic journals that are made freely available via the Internet.  Below are a few selections, but you may search their website for a more comprehensive list of communications journals.

Open Courseware

Many universities have followed MIT's lead and model for OCW. Course materials are freely accessible but no certificates or degrees are granted by the institution. The intent is to share knowledge and resources with all who are interested in learning. Often, materials are easily downloadable for instructor-use.

More information about Open Courseware is available at the Open Courseware Consortium site.

A sampling of related courses to Communication are listed on the right.

Open Textbooks

Open textbook sites are committed to providing quality, affordable (often free), electronic textbooks and advocating for their creation and use by faculty. Adopting an open textbook for your course could save students hundreds of dollars and allow them the convenience of always having their textbook at their fingertips.  Some sites offer the additional flexibility of adding to and editing these textbooks, meaning you could customize the content to meet your course objectives.