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Open Educational Resources: Biological Sciences

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E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth

Life on Earth is an iBooks Textbook consisting of 41 chapters in 7 separate units and can be downloaded for free from the iBooks Store.

Lumen Learning - Biology

Lumen Learning provides a Biology text with various chapters such as The Chemical Foundation of Life and Osmotic Regulation and the Excretory System.

Lumen Learning - Microbiology

Lumen Learning provides a Microbiology text with various chapters such as Cell Structure of Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes and Pathogenicity.


MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

The National Academies Press (NAP)

This is a great resource that provides textbooks on biology and life sciences.

OER Commons

OER Commons provides a curated collection of textbooks and resources for biological studies including zoology, botany and ecology.

OpenStax CNX - Biology

Over thirty open textbooks covering Biology.

Open Textbook Library

Browse a wide selection of textbooks on biological science topics.

National Science Digital Library

Provides a robust search to limit by activity type, media format, and age level. (Actually a pre-defined subset of the OER Commons)

PLoS One

More advanced, specific science resources that are open and could be used in a classroom setting.

AMSER: Applied Math and Science Educational Repository

Funded by the NSF and organized by Library of Congress subject headings. Aimed at Community and Technical Colleges, but free for all.

Scitable - by Nature Education

A free science library and personal learning tool. Currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology.



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