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OAER at Valencia College

This guide provides information on resources that can be used as supplementary course materials.


The Library provides access to databases that contain e-books, e-journals, images, videos, etc. that can be used to supplement textbooks and other course materials. Please let your liaison librarian know if you will be using OER's in your classes.

You can use this link to search across repositories.

The links on this guide may change, if you discover a dead link, please let me know: 

Featured Textbooks

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American Government and Politics (Part I)


Part I in a 2 part series on U.S. Government and Politics. The following topics are covered: The media; the contributions of the Enlightenment philosophers; the Constitution; Federalism; Civil Liberties; Civil Rights; Political Socialization and Participation; Public Opinion; Political Parties; Campaigns and Elections; Interest Groups. Ancillary materials are available to faculty by contacting
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American Government and Politics (Part II)


The second part in a two part series on American Government and Politics. The following topics are covered: Congress; the Presidency, the Bureaucracy; the Courts; Domestic Policy Making; and, Foreign Policy Making. Ancillary materials available to faculty members upon request (
Nationalism, Self-determination and Secession by Geoff Andrews & Michael Saward

An open text that investigates the concept of a 'nation' and what makes people strive to attain nationhood; as well as how nations, nationalism, and self-determination play a role in current political disputes. The text is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics by Geoffrey Kellow and Neven Leddy, eds.

This open, edited volume seeks to provide an analysis of contemporary political issues through the lens of ancient theories - including those of Plato and Aristotle, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Wollstonecraft. The text is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license.

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On Global Citizenship by James Tully, ed.

An open, edited volume that is part of the Critical Power Series from Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, dedicated to constructing dialogues around innovative work in social and political theory. This volume begins with Tully's commentary on the global field of citizenship, followed by responses and criticism from other influential authors. It is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license.


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Additional Resources

Digital Commons Network - Political Science Commons

The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.

OER Commons - Political Science

The OER Commons is a single search source that pulls from multiple OER collections, including MERLOT and Connexions. It is a great first step in an OER search, but often more results can be found by searching the specific collection.

The home of the U.S. Government’s open data.

Civil Rights History Project

The activists interviewed for this project belong to a wide range of occupations, including lawyers, judges, doctors, farmers, journalists, professors, and musicians, among others. The video recordings of their recollections cover a wide variety of topics within the civil rights movement, such as the influence of the labor movement, nonviolence and self-defense, religious faith, music, and the experiences of young activists.

DPLA - Battle on the Ballot: Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections

This exhibition explores the rich history of select individuals, parties, events, and movements that have influenced US presidential elections from the outside—outside Washington politics, outside the two-party system, and outside the traditional conception of who can be an American president.

Southern Poverty Law Center

This web site includes comprehensive documents on hate crimes across the USA. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports hundreds of active hate groups in the United States. This is something everyone needs to be aware of. Do you know what is in your backyard? Check it out. This is an excellent site for course assignments and or discussion in all fields of study.


A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Internet Archive: Digital Library

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more

Memrise - Politics

Uses images and audio to help memorize vocabulary. Interactive site that saves individual progress.

Political Database of the Americas

The mission of the Political Database of the Americas is to contribute to the study, promotion and strengthening of democracy in the hemisphere, through the collection, systematization, dissemination, and exchange of information, data, statistics, and institutions from a political perspective, comparative studies; and other resources relevant to the 35 countries of the region.

Statistics - Open Intro

A college-level textbook covering data basics, probability (optional), distributions, inference for means and proportions, and regression, including multiple and the basics of logistic regression.

Snag Films

Snag Films has over 2,000 movies, TV show episodes, eye-opening documentaries. Search keywords to find related political films and documentaries.


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