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Open Source

Step #1

Find the Right Textbook:

Search the repositories listed in this Infoguide.  Use advanced search options to narrow results.

Hint:  Look under the "Where to Find Open Textbooks" Tab

Step #3

Decide if you want to use it as is, or edit it:

One of the benefits of open textbooks is flexibility to modify and customize them for specific course designs as much or as little as you desire.  If you want to make edits or append content, make sure the licensing allows that.  Different repositories will have different options for editing and publishing revised copies.

Step #2

Review and Evaluate it:

Ensure that it matches your criteria and based on content, presentation, online accessibility, production options, platform compatibility, delivery options, interactivity, consistency between online and printed versions and available ancillary material (test banks, PowerPoints, etc.)

Step #4

Distribute it to your students:

Select the best format to distribute to your class (online, downloadable PDF, Print-on-Demand via either your campus bookstore or from the online repository.)