The Importance of OPEN or FREE EDUCATION RESOURCES
One reason, is the cost of textbooks. Given the rising cost of tuition at many Albanian institutions, many students simply cannot afford to buy textbooks. These free resources are a way to make sure every student has access to course materials, with cost taken out of the equation.
Open Resources also allows faculty to create material that is customized for their classes. Where most textbooks will have their strengths and weaknesses, the multiple free resources material allows a faculty member to pull only strong material into their class.
Open Resources is important because it provides affordable material to students, allows faculty to enhance their own work, and provides faculty with content for classes.
FREE ONLINE BOOKS
Free Online Full Text Library
Open textbooks are real, complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. Open textbooks can be downloaded for no cost, or printed inexpensively. This library is a tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.
Consortium for Open Education Resources – View open textbooks in many subject areas. Use links to search by discipline.
BCcampus – OpenEd A list of open textbooks curated by BCcampus.
Open Textbook Catalog Maintained by the University of Minnesota, this open textbook referatory is a catalog of 150+ existing open textbooks
Free Online Journal and Research Databases
CORE is a multidisciplinary aggregator of open access research. It allows users to search more than 66 million open access articles. While most of these link to the full-text article on the original publisher’s site, five million records are hosted directly on CORE. In addition to a straightforward keyword search, CORE offers advanced search options to filter results by publication type, year, language, journal, repository, and author.
Functioning as a research and publishing network, ScienceOpen offers open access to more than 28 million articles in all areas of science. Although you do need to register to view the full text of the articles, registration is free. The advanced search function is highly detailed, allowing you to find precisely the research you’re looking for. The Berlin- and Boston-based company was founded in 2013 with the goal to “facilitate open and public communications between academics and to allow ideas to be judged on their merit, regardless of where they come from.”
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)
(Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 81 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data is then used in various services.
A multidisciplinary, community-curated directory, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) gives researchers access to high-quality, peer-reviewed journals. It has archived more than two million articles from 9,519 journals, allowing you to either browse by subject or search by keyword. The site was launched in 2003 with the aim of increasing the visibility of open access scholarly journals. Content on the site covers subjects from science to law to fine arts and everything in between.
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) , of the Institution of Education Sciences, allows you to search by topic for material related to the field of education. Links lead to other sites, where you may have to purchase the information, but you can search for full-text articles only.The service primarily indexes journals, grey literature (such as technical reports, white papers, and government documents), and books. All sources of material on ERIC go through a formal review process prior to being indexed.
OpenDOAR or the Directory of Open Access Repositories, is a comprehensive resource for finding open access journals and articles. Using Google Custom Search, OpenDOAR combs through open access repositories around the world and returns relevant research in all disciplines. The repositories it searches through are assessed and categorized by OpenDOAR staff to ensure they meet quality standards.
EconBiz is a great resource for economic and business studies. A service of the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, it offers access to full texts online, with the option of searching for open access material only.
Free Available Books Online
Since 2003, The Free Library has offered free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site. Recently, The Free Library has been expanded to include a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business and Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health, Humanities, Law, Government, Politics, Recreation and Leisure, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. This collection includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily.
OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education.
Maintained by the University of Minnesota, this open textbook referatory is a catalog of 150+ existing open textbooks
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it.
View open textbooks in many subject areas. Use links to search by discipline.
A list of open textbooks curated by BCcampus.
Search the world’s most comprehensive index of full-text books.
The Internet Archive offers over 12,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.