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OER Tools for Librarians: Chemistry


General Chemistry – Quick scan of OER resources updated 10/12/20


  • Santa Monica College Online Chemistry Lab Manual CC BY-NC
  • Lumen Learning Chemistry I Lab Manual developed by Jessica Garber Morales at Tidewater Community College, generally CC BY, but check licensing on some sections

VIDEOS and SIMULATIONS (free options)


(some with print-on-demand at low-moderate cost)

  • OpenED BC Campus Introductory Chemistry TEXTBOOK by David W. Ball, Cleveland State University, updated May 10, 2019, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
    • Textbook only
    • FREE in online version
    • Students can pay for a hard copy ($34 B&W; $106 color)
    • We should be able to arrange printing by Follett, but need to determine cost-to-student
  • OpenEd BC Campus, Adaptation of above, Introductory Chemistry-1st Canadian Edition TEXTBOOK by Jessie A. Kay, Vancouver Island University and David W. Ball, Cleveland State University, updated July 21, 2020.  CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
    • Textbook and slides
    • FREE online version
    • Students can pay for a print copy ($38-$120) (or check price of local printing)
    • Includes PowerPoint slides
  • LibreTexts: Woodland Community College, General Chemistry I last updated 2020, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    • Textbook and assignments
    • FREE online version
    • Broken into units; includes homework exercises, worksheets
    • See table of contents
  • LibreTexts: view downloadable General Chemistry course shells at numerous community colleges and universities  CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    • Can be exported in BlackBoard
    • Can be exported as PDFs or printed as physical texts
    • Course shells are curated by the faculty at each of the colleges
    • View other LibreText textbooks on chemistry CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
  • Open Course Library of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, all licensed CC BY
    • Textbook appears not to be available in a printable format, but includes ancillaries
    • Several introductory chemistry options
    • Typical course module includes worksheets, labs, lectures, assessments, and lesson plans.  See for example, Chem 121: Solutions
  • View other open textbooks curated by VIVA Open (Virginia state colleges and universities)
  • View additional general chemistry options at Affordable Learning@LOUIS (curated by Louisiana state colleges and universities)