What is MERLOT?
MERLOT is an open educational resource project from the California State University system that started in 1997.
“MERLOT currently indexes tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, bookmark collections, and course ePortfolios, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.”
Open Educational Resources in MERLOT
MERLOT’s collection has over 5,800 open textbooks and a collection of other OER that include whole courses, open textbooks, small instructional modules, and more. Typically, learning management systems make it easy for faculty to add links to these resources for the weekly instructional schedule. Many of the materials you will find in MERLOT have been peer reviewed by higher education faculty with expertise in using online resources.
Visit a MERLOT Academic Discipline Community
MERLOT Academic Discipline Communities put MERLOT resources, open journals, professional organizations, web updates, and community members together on one page. Select a community in the top-left box and click “Visit” to visit a community page.
Search by Subject
Click on a link to your subject area and you’ll get a hit list of open textbooks or online course materials in different disciplines. MERLOT’s indexing tools enable easy browsing and searching for their OER collections.
MERLOT Open Textbooks
MERLOT: Find Course Materials Related to a Book
Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related open course materials.
MERLOT: Find Course Materials Related to a Topic
Enter keywords below to find related open course materials.
Looking for a video explanation on MERLOT and how to use it to find free course content? Visit MERLOT’s YouTube Channel and view a video of your choosing.
Looking for other online collections of free course materials? Go to MERLOT’s Advanced Search and search using keywords to find not only materials in the MERLOT collection but 15 other digital libraries and educational OER on the web, individually or simultaneously.