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Open Educational Resources: Human Dev. & Family Science

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BC OpenEd

The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and BCcampus is tasked with managing it.

Lumen Learning

Boundless provides one textbook that covers a variety of interrelated sociological topics including, Stratification, Inequality, and Social Class in the U.S., Deviance, Social Control, and Crime, Family, Aging, and Sexuality.

Free Sociology Textbooks

Introduction to Sociology, and Sociology of the Family textbooks.


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

OER Commons

OER Commons provides a curated collection of Sociology textbooks and resources.


Typical, one-semester introductory course textbooks

Open Textbook Library

This collection offers a variety of various Sociological texts including, 'Understanding an Changing the Social World', and 'Social Problems: Continuity and Change'.

National Academies Press

Over 5,000 titles available for free PDF download from the National Academies of Science. Search for Family, Human Development, Aging, etc. for a list of their books on your subject.

NOBA Project

Noba is an open and free online platform that provides high-quality, flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials.

Text resources by discipline

Human Growth and Development

by Lumen Learning.

Human Growth and Development Galileo

from Galileo

Human Development - Different Perspectives

from Intech open

Human Growth and Development

from Open Michigan

Human Growth and Development: Introduction to Human Growth and Development Notes

from Dept. Staff University of Michigan Medical School.

Human Growth and Development: Principles of Normal Growth and Development

from Brent Williams University of Michigan Medical School

Human Growth and Development

Multiple open Source textbooks from OER commons

Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks,Contexts,and Measurements

Provided by JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Course includes: Full Course, Homework and Assignments, Lecture Notes, and Syllabi.

 Sociology of the Family

Free online textbook written by Ron Hammond, Paul Cheney, and Raewyn Pearsey.

The Body: A Phenomenological Psychological Perspective

Human Growth and Development Cotter, Fisk, Grissett – full text with syllabus retrieved from Galileo

Lifespan Development Lumen Learning – full online course with modules retrieved from SUNY OER Catalog

Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences

This text uses a family systems lens to discuss challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.

Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective

The textbook covers human development across the lifespan. It is presented in the chronological framework. Each chapter provides an in-depth look at that stage of development.

Child Development

Covers child development from a psychological perspective.

Child Growth and Development

This text is a presentation of how and why children grow, develop, and learn, covering physical, cognitive, and social development.


  • HEARTH: A core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850-1950.
  • Household Products Database: Material Safety Data Sheets allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

Hospitality and Culinary Management:

  • publish reports of harm or risk of harm, related to the use of comsumer product. Reports cover all products within the jurisdiction of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Child Development:


  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Formly the American Dietetic Association, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It offers information on research, education, journals and publications, conferences, advocacy and professional development all pertaining to dietetics.
  • government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.
  • Combined Health Information Database: a collaborative effort of several federal agencies and provides titles, abstracts and information on the availability of health information and health education resources, many of which are not indexed elsewhere. Some entries describe current research or health education projects, with contact information. There are numerous topic-specific subfiles, including Maternal and Child Health and Comprehensive School Health.
  • Unified Medical Language System (UMLS): A searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions.
  • PLOS ONE(eISSN-1932-6203): is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication featurING reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences: a specialist internet resource that gathers together research, reviews and news on nutrition and the food sciences in an easily searchable database. It covers the whole food chain from the raw ingredients to the physiological and health effects of nutrients. Key subject areas include public health, clinical nutrition, nutrition physiology, food safety, food security, consumer behaviour, food science and technology and food product groups such as functional foods.

Human Sciences:

  • Professional Resource Library: from the National Council on Family Relations. Find and share professional documents—from curriculum to articles to presentations.


  • Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA): trade data, trade agreements, export information and reference material.
  • BergFashionLibrary: Provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-book collection, a vast image bank, and etc.
  • Fashion Museum: collects and presents examples of historical and contemporary dress and style.
  • Europeana Fashion: provides free access to digital and costume collections across Europe feature clothing, accessories, photographs, posters, illustrations and videos with searchable function.

FCS Education:

Open Resources

Biology of Aging

Covers aging, genetics, etc. From NIA

International Journal of Gerontology

Open access journal

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Open access journal

Data/Statistical Websites

Age Data

Information from the U.S. Census Bureau on baby boomers, the older (55+) population, and the elderly (65+) population.

Web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Provides links to multiple agencies that provide age-related statistical information.

Aging Statistics

Statistics from the Administration on Aging, including information on projections of future growth of the older population, disabilities data, grandparents, and minority aging.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Aging Data and Statistics

Data Sources for Research in Aging

The web site is designed to aid researchers in aging find cross-sectional studies, time series, contextual data, and other data relevant to their research.

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)

NACDA acquires and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and facilitates their use.

 Child, Family, and Community | Textbook

The attribution for this derivative is: "Child, Family, and Community" by Rebecca Laff and Wendy Ruiz, College of the Canyons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Child Welfare Information Gateway

State Child Welfare Policy Database

Provides access to state statutes and publications related to child welfare, abuse and neglect, and adoption.

Child Welfare: The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-34) (CRS)

Description of the act written by Congressional Research Service (CRS) (non-partisan research arm of Congress).

Child Welfare League of America -- CWLA

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

Includes resource lists and briefs that compile research on critical issues and link research to policy implications.

Child Trends

Child Trends is the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Tufts University Child and Family WebGuide

Directory of credible websites on Children & Families arranged by topic.

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk

Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) is a national initiative that provides funding for Sustainable Community Projects. CYFARnet's website evaluates research-based web sources on children, youth and family resources from leading universities.

Nemours Childhood Wellness Policy Workbook: Creating an Environment for Preschoolers to Develop Healthy Habits for Life (OER Commons)

Adolescent Development