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OER Student Guide: Reading & Learning from Digital Texts: 2. Getting Started With OERs

Use this guide to help you learn to navigate your electronic textbooks and open educational resource materials.

2. Getting Started with OERs

  • An Internet-enabled device (laptop, tablet, or e-reader) to access the materials. Depending on what kind of material you're using, you might be able to use a smartphone. 


  • An app or program to read your materials offline. (Some, not all, OER texts offer the option to download the text to your device). 

The link to your textbook will be included in your syllabus and/or in Canvas. Some courses are built so that the readings are embedded in individual modules. Check with your professor if you aren't sure.



If you are off-campus, you will have to log in to the library's proxy in order to access the book in ProQuest Ebook Central. Once you login and access the book, you will be able to download it to your device. You can log into ProQuest Ebook Central by using this link.