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Anthropology: Open Access

What Are Open Educational Resources/OER?

generic oer logoAccording to UNESCO, Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. These materials can take any of the following formats: text books, curricula, videos, teaching notes, lecture notes, animation, tests, assignments, projects, or audio.

Open Anthropology Textbooks

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Open Anthropology Databases

  • African American Funeral Programs of San Antonio
    "The over 1,000 programs in this collection highlight the lives of those who have passed away since 1935 in the African American community of Bexar County." From the Portal to Texas History
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting
    "The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston have embarked on a project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The American people have made a huge investment in public radio and television over many decades, calculated at more than $10 billion. The American Archive will ensure that this rich source for American political, social, and cultural history and creativity will be saved and made available once again to future generations."
  • Anthropology Commons
    Over 54,000 full-text open access articles available.
  • Anthropology Index Online
    "The Anthropological Index Online (AIO) is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) in cooperation with Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum. It is an index to articles in journals taken by the Library and to films held at the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Library, which incorporates the former RAI library, holds some 4,000 periodical titles (1,500 current) covering all branches and areas of anthropology. Nearly 800 journals, published in more than 40 languages, are indexed on a continuing basis. Records cover 1957 to the present."
  • Arachne
    Arachne is intended to provide archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes.
  • Association of Religion Data Archive (ARDA)
    "The Data Archive is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA." Also available find teaching tools and papers.
  • BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
    "Search engine for academic open access web resources. Full text of about 70% of the indexed documents can be accessed."
  • British Library Photostream
    Over 1,000,000 images released to the Public Domain by the British Library via Flickr. These images are free to use in your projects.
  • Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
    "The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to comparative, cross-national and cross-regional research on international migration and immigration policy. "
  • Comparative Archaeology Database
    "Comparative research in archaeology must draw upon datasets from all parts of the world that are the basic products of fieldwork of a variety of kinds. These datasets document the material evidence of the human past and comprise the primary sources for archaeological research."
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
    "The Map Database has many viewers and the Blog has numerous categories. The physical map collection is housed in the David Rumsey Map Center at the Stanford University Library. The historical map collection has over 75,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World."
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
    "DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format."
  • Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives
    "A multi-institutional collaborative project funded by the Mellon Foundation "to enhance the study of the history and culture of the ancient Near East." Contains collection of the earliest written texts (cuneiform, hieroglyphs, and alphabets) in digitized form, archaeological site reports, a guide to "networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world" (ABZU), and a Web repository for translations of Akkadian materials (eTACT)."
    "MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
  • MLibrary Image Collections
    Art and architecture images from the University of Michigan collections.
  • New York Public Library | The Picture Collection
    " The Picture Collection For those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials, the Picture Collection Online presents more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923"
  • Perseus Digital Library Collections
    Created and maintained by Tufts University, the Perseus Digital Library includes an Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser and an extensive Greek and Roman Materials Collection.
  • Population Index
    "Population Index, published between 1937 and 1999, was the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presented an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics. This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000. The complete journal collection going back to the 1930s is available in JSTOR."
  • Primate Lit
    Provides bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates for the research and educational communities. Includes all publication categories (articles, books, abstracts, technical reports, dissertations, book chapters, etc.) and many subject areas.
  • Wellcome Images
    "Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science." Not all images are free to re-use.
  • World Digital Library
    Over 15,000 digitized manuscripts, photos, books, and more covering World History and other subjects in the Social Sciences.


Open Anthropology Courses

Other Anthropology Resources

Smithsonian Anthropology Databases

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