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Open Textbook Library The University of Minnesota oversees this library of open textbooks for a network of universities that are working to make openly accessible textbooks available. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed. The site allows users to search for and link to open textbooks in multiple subject areas. Some textbooks are reviewed and starred similar to those on Amazon. URL:

OpenStax OpenStax College, an initiative of Rice University sponsored by a number of foundations, is a nonprofit organization that is working to improve student access to educational resources. The site has a collection of free textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators. Faculty can request access to supplemental materials. URL:

BC Campus OpenEd The government of British Columbia is working to make education more accessible and affordable by funding development of and providing access to openly accessible textbooks. URL:

MIT OpenCourseWare Textbooks The MIT OpenCourseWare site includes open textbooks. The texbook site is organized by general subject area. The site includes links to openly licensed electronic versions of print books, self-published online books, and detailed course notes that can serve as an alternatives to conventional textbooks. Online texbooks are linked under the Find Courses pull-down. URL:

National Academies Press National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the reports of the Academies. NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a variety of topics in science, engineering, and medicine. The information is authoritative and discusses important issues in science and health policy. The books are available online for free, although users must register to download content. URL:

International GeoScience Education Organisation Textbooks IGEO works to promote geoscience education at all levels and encourage public awareness of the geosciences. Their website contains links to a number of teaching resources, including ideas on teaching earth science concepts, teaching units and several open geoscience textbooks.

Open Geology Textbooks

Deline, Bradley, Harris, Randa and Tefend, Karen 2015. Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology. BC Open Textbooks.

Earle, Steven and Panchuck, Karla. 2019. Physical Geology. 2nd Edition. University of West Georgia.

Johnson, Chris, Affolter, Matthew D., Inkenbrandt, Paul and Mosher, Cam. 2017. An Introduction to Geology. Salt Lake Community College.