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Open Textbooks


Open Textbook Collections (if applicable)


  • YouTube
    • Search YouTube by keyterms and try filtering by channel or “Creative Commons” license (these videos are specifically labeled for reuse).
    • Some good channels:


Ebooks in the Library

The CSUSM University Library has an extensive collection of ebooks on a variety of topics. To find what’s available:
  • Go to the University Library homepage
  • Choose “Books and More”
  • Enter keywords and search
  • Use the limiters to narrow by “Full Text Online” to ensure all results can be accessed directly from your computer
  • Limit by “Books” to filter out journals and media


Journal Articles

Consider including journal articles as required or supplemental reading for your courses. Search through our Visual Arts databases for articles. Just be sure to direct students to the article by permalink (or static URL) rather than posting the PDF directly in your Cougar Course. This will ensure two things: 1) that we are complying with copyright and publisher restrictions, and 2) that our journal usage is counted (this allows us to justify maintaining our subscriptions).

This page provides examples illustrating how to find permalinks in the Library’s databases.

Please contact your librarian if you are still unsure of how to find the permalink.

Open Access Journals

Open Courseware

  • MIT Open Courseware
    MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses. Courses generally include lecture videos, assignments, exams, and more. Check the Topic: Fine Arts to view a number of sub-topics and specialties in this category.
  • Courses via video and related materials, see the section Arts & Humanities.
  • OER Commons
    Searchable by discipline and academic level, this site provides a broad range of instructional materials, including texts, images, videos, primary sources and more.
  • Merlot – Arts
    Merlot (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a compilation of freely available resources for use in  higher education, hosted by the California State Universities.
  • Art & Art History courses, via Open Culture list of free online courses
  • n.Paradoxa MOOC (Mass Open Online Course)

  Online course in feminist art


Other Open Educational Resources

Image collections

Digital archives


Other tools and resources


Other CSUSM Library Resources

More information about finding and using library resources can be found on the Visual & Performing Arts Research Guide.