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CSU Bookstore and Open Educational Resources

Information about Open Educational Resources (OER).

The CSU Bookstore understands course materials are necessary for student success, and having day-one access to the required course materials can dictate a student's success in class. The CSU Bookstore works with faculty and University Libraries to facilitate access to free or low-cost Open Educational Resources, or OER materials. 

How to Find OER Materials at the CSU Bookstore

The CSU Bookstore provides multiple choices for CSU students based on how they learn best - free online content, or inexpensive printed versions. To find free online content, students can use the download links we provide in the store and on our course materials listings on our website. We also have a listing of courses using OER materials listed below.

image of a QR code shelf tag on the sales floor of the CSU Bookstore.

In-Store: Scan QR Codes

Students can access online course materials by scanning QR codes with a smartphone. Look for the GREEN tags around the store. These codes are located in the CSU Bookstore near other materials required for the course.

Image of an OER book listing on the CSU Bookstore website with a sample download link.

Online: Click to Access 

For most OER materials, we have provided a link to download course materials on the course materials listings. Click the button below to start building your schedule and seeing your course materials requirements. 

Shop for Course Materials

Courses with OER materials will have a link to download free eBooks. Clicking on any of the links will open a new tab/window where you can access the materials.

OER at Colorado State University

Colorado State University has a long track record, dating to the early 1990s, of using and creating high-quality open-educational resources and publishing peer-reviewed open-access publications that are frequently used to support instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses.

CSU also has a strong record of support for the use of OER and other low-cost instructional materials in courses across disciplines, a record that has contributed to steadily declining costs for course materials over the past several years. By increasing the use of OER, students benefit through high-quality peer-reviewed open-access publications that fit the classroom context and a reduced cost of course materials.

Learn More About OER

Fall 2021 OER Listing

The following table is a listing of OER materials instructors at CSU adopted for Fall 2021 and any applicable links to download materials. This information is compiled using information provided to us by instructors and course materials coordinators in the colleges and/or departments.

Some titles linked are on eReserve through the CSU Libraries. Students must access these titles from a computer on an on-campus network or using a secure proxy to access materials off-campus. Please connect with the CSU Help Desk for assistance with accessing electronic materials from the library. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: While we make every attempt to ensure this information is correct, it is subject to corrections. Please note the section numbers listed below; some course sections may be using OER materials, while others may choose to use other materials. For the latest Course Materials adoptions, please click here.

If you are an instructor who is using OER materials in your course, please send an email to [email protected] so we can list your course materials requirements below. 

Dept / Course Section(s) Author Title Link (If Available)
AA 100 1, 880 OPENSTAX ASTRONOMY Download
BZ 471 1 ALLAN STREAM ECOLOGY FREE E-BOOK Download
CS 542 1, 801 JURAKSKY SPEECH & LANGUAGE PROCESSING Download
ECE 504 1 PEATROSS PHYSICS OF LIGHT AND OPTICS Download
ECE 545 1, 801 MEYER-BAESE DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING WITH FIELD PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAYS Download
ECON 202 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 220, 301, 302, 304, 305, 801 CORE ECONOMY: ECONOMICS FOR A CHANGING WORLD Download
ECON 204 1, 3, 5 CORE ECONOMY: ECONOMICS FOR A CHANGING WORLD Download
ECON 204 1,3, 5 TAYLOR PRINCIPALS OF MACROECONOMICS Download
ECON 335 801, 809 CORE ECONOMY: ECONOMICS FOR A CHANGING WORLD Download
EDUC 465 1 DOWNEY TEACHING FOR HISTORICAL LITERACY Download
ENGR 581A6 1, 801 TRAIN DISCRETE CHOICE MODELS WITH SIMULATION
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
ESS 411 1 CHAPIN PRINCIPALS OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS Download
JTC 371 1 JEFFREY GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRINT PRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS Download
MATH 255 1 STEINER CHEMISTRY MATHS FREE EBOOK Download
MATH 360 1 HOFFSTEIN INTRO TO MATH CRYPTOGRAPHY Download
MATH 369 3, 4, 801 HOFFSTEIN FIRST COURSE IN LINEAR ALGEBGRA Download
MATH 466 ALL BRESAR UNDERGRADUATE ALGEBRA Download
MATH 566 1 ARTIN ALGEBRA Download
MATH 570 1 HATCHER ALBEBRAIC TOPOLOGY Download
MIP 250 1 OPENSTAX MICROBIOLOGY Download
MIP 300 801 OPENSTAX MICROBIOLOGY Download
MIP 654 1 CAPLAN GETTING TO GOOD: RESEARCH FREE EBOOK
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
MIP 654 1 MACRINA SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
MU 131 1 MORGAN-ELLIS RESONANCES: ENGING MUSIC FREE EBOOK Download
POLS 101 2 OPENSTAX AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 2ND EDITION Download
SOC 311 1 BLACKSTONE PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY Download
 SOC 380A2 1  NOBLE ALGORITHMS OF OPPRESSION: HOW SEARCH ENGINES...
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
SOC 380A2 1  MCINTYRE POST-TRUTH
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
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