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Open Educational Resources: English / Literature

Library Resources for English/Literature

We provide access to content such as online books, journals and image collections that can be used to lower or remove student textbook costs for students.  To learn more, see the following:

Supplemental Materials

Writing Spaces

Writing Spaces collects peer-reviewed essays and composes them into textbook chapters that are intended to not only be instructional in nature, but to also be excellent examples of college-level writing. Some of the included essays provide students with sound writing advice and strategies; others can be used to stimulate classroom discussion.


About Writing Spaces

All Writing Spaces essays are published under a Creative Commons License; however, licenses vary from essay to essay.

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Online Writing Lab -Purdue

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University maintains a general purpose writing guide. Here you can find grammar guidance, research and citation references, and topic specific writing examples.

The content found at the Purdue Online Writing Lab is free to reference; however, it is under copyright. See Purdue Owl's terms of use.

English in The World Today -The Open University

This unit introduces you to the role that English plays in the world today, and examines the social, political and cultural factors that have influenced its development. It traces the history of the language from its arrival in Britain in the fifth century AD through to the present day and its status as a language with a truly global reach. It looks at how and why English came to occupy this position, and at what the consequences of its global spread are for the way it’s used and perceived around the world. -The Open University.


Philip Seargeant, The Open University

All Writing Spaces essays are published under a CThis unit is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.; however, licenses vary from essay to essay.

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English Literature

On this page you will find several open English, Literature, and Writing textbooks along with supplemental material and a few lecture videos.

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.


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English / Literature Textbooks

Writing Commons

Writing Commons is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.  Writing Commons has been adopted by Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Florida-Tampa,  Ohio State University, and Duke University.


Joe Moxley, PHD, University of South Florida

Most pages are published under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license but a few are published under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

English Composition 1 - Saylor

This course promotes clear and effective communication skills through the use of the Pre-Write, Write, and Revise method. The remaining units will focus on the minutiae of good writing practices, from style to citation methodology. -Saylor


Carolyn Tedholm

Carolyn Savoldy

Content on is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg serves digital versions of a variety of books including fiction, non-fiction, classic, law, and technical.

The Gutenberg Project serves only books whose copyright has expired or has been released for unlimited non-commercial use.

The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review is an online journal a not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its richness and variety. All works eventually fall out of copyright - from classic works of art to absentminded doodles - and in doing so they enter the public domain...Our aim is to help readers explore this rich terrain - like a small exhibition gallery at the entrance to an immense network of archives and storage rooms that lie beyond. -The Public Domain Review

All material featured in The Public Domain Review is in the Public Domain or openly licensed.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. -DPLA


  • Catherine Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons
  • Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Carl H. Pforzheimer, Professor and Librarian, Harvard University
  • Laura DeBonis, Former Director of Library Partnerships for Google Book Search
  • The copyright status of items in the DPLA varies. Many items are in the public domain. For individual rights information, please check the Rights field in the metadata or follow the link to the digital object on the content provider’s website for more information.

Open Textbook Collections

Find more English Composition textbooks in these collections

Lecture Videos


LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then release the audio files back onto the net for free. All published audio is in the public domain and therefore may be used for any purpose. LibriVox contains recordings of literary classics, autobiographies, plays, and poetry among many other genres.

All recordings featured on LibriVox are in the public domain.

Feature Films -Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a repository whose purpose is to provide permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital form to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Highlighted here is the Internet Archive's film collection. Films in this collection are in the public domain either because the copyright holder wishes to share them or their copyright has expired.

Many movies and collections are licensed with Creative Commons Licenses or are in the public domain, but license terms vary from film to film.

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All original content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. All linked-to content adheres to its respective license.

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