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Open Educational Resources (OER): History

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources


Open Courseware

MIT Open Courseware

MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses. Courses generally include lecture videos, assignments, exams, and more.

Free Textbooks

  • Merlot
    Provides over 80 history textbooks and offers the wide range of history subjects from American history to the Viking era.
  • Orange Grove Textbooks
    Orange Grove provides users with over 150 book for students to gain access to for free.

History Associations

  • American Historical Association
    The primary professional society for historians. Includes special resources for teaching history.
  • Royal Historical Society
    The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868 and remains the foremost society in Great Britain promoting and defending the scholarly study of the past.

Resources for Students

  • CSU Image Project
    Provides access to California State University image collections for teaching and research.
  • H-Net
    Online resources for scholars, teachers, and students in the humanities and social sciences. Contains a comprehensive collection of history discussion lists.
  • History Net
    Sponsored by Primedia History Group, the publisher of popular history magazines. Designed to reach and encourage a popular audience to make history relevant to today and to understanding events.
  • History of Science Society
    Offers an excellent introduction to sources on the History of Science. Search the Guide to the History of Science to learn about people, organizations, and publications.
  • History Channel
    Contains helpful information on events and popular documentaries, often by History professors.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library History Central Catalogue
    Recommended as a basic starting site to explore Web resources for all areas of history. Indexes history sites in a clear manner, so you can search by research method, era, historical topic, or country and region.

History Guides

  • History Guide
    A subject gateway to scholarly information in history. Emphasis on Anglo-American history. Maintained by the State and University Library at Gottingen, Germany.
  • Academic Earth
    Providing online courses and guides for students to access and learn for their own enjoyment and educational purposes.
  • Saylor
    An overall guide for History, including various History courses such as American Civics to European History, just to name a few.
    A good starting site that includes recommended resources in history. By Richard Jensen.