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English 096

English 101




English 101 Composition - Open Textbook. Found at the Massachusetts Community College OER Hub. Provider is Lumen Learning. Unless otherwise noted, content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. 

Several textbooks found at

 From Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, introduction here: 

Writing Spaces - Readings on Writing, Volume 3, is a collection of Creative Commons licensed essays for use in the first year writing classroom, all written by writing teachers for students. 

EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers from PDX Open. This textbook is designed for students of first- and second-year college composition courses 

English 102



  • Free Course: "Approaching Poetry" from OpenLearn (OpenLearn content is CC BY; check for permissions necessary for any third-party content contained within the course.


  • MAPS Modern American Poetry Site (University of Illinois and Franklin State University) includes poets, poems, and criticism.  Offers a guide for students using the site.

English 114

KID LIT: Schneider, Jenifer Jasinski, (2016). The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature: From Poets and Pop-ups to Princesses and Porridge. CC 4.0 BY-NC-ND

See Chris Levesque's LibGuide (University of West Florida):

Reading Online

Short Stories - Where to find them?

One librarian suggests:

If your library has a subscription to JSTOR or another magazine database that goes back in time, even EBSCO Academic Search,  the New YorkerSewanee Review, and other literary magazines publish short stories and poems that are in fulltext. A few might even have a few serialized novels. I was able to find Flannery O’Connor short stories, for instance. They may not be OER but they would be free to access.


The Connecticut State Library and RBDigital are making it possible for students and patrons to access ebooks and audiobooks without a library card.  Loans are for three weeks.  Titles are typically fiction, literature, and popular nonfiction.  Visit eGO.CT to create a free account.


CCC-OER librarian postings:

We offer The Internet Archive "Open Library" on our library website, having contemplated joining the organization then accepting their new open access during the pandemic.
Although not specifically an OER website, OER options are offered, depending on the book.  Cory Doctorow is well represented, for instance.  Check here:

You might try  I see there are some novels there. But I haven’t read any of them. Still, worth a shot!


Openly Licensed and Public Domain Works: Fiction NonFiction, Scholarly, NonScholarly