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Open Textbooks

  • OpenStax Chemistry
    Free PDF textbook designed for the two-semester general chemistry course.
  • Boundless — Chemistry
    An open textbook on a variety of introductory chemistry topics.
  • ChemWiki Core
    UC Davis’s ChemWiki includes modules on the core information in the fields of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry.
  • Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
    Written by John Hutchinson of Rice University, this resource is an on-line textbook for an Introductory General Chemistry course.
  • Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis
    From UC Davis’s ChemWiki, this textbook uses biological molecules and biochemical reactions to explain and illustrate the central concepts of organic chemistry.

Open Textbook Collections (if applicable)


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

Chemistry and Biochemistry Ebooks – CSUSM Library (optional: update after June 30, 2017)

Journal Articles

Consider including journal articles as required or supplemental reading for your courses. Search through our chemistry 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 Courseware

  • MIT OpenCourse Ware – Chemistry
    MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses in Chemistry. Course format generally includes lecture videos, interactive concept quizzes (solution key), problem sets, terms and definitions, suggested topics and links, and exams (with solution key).
  • Online simulation of a chemistry lab. Requires Java plugin download.
  • The collection of interactive simulations covers a wide range of general chemistry topics, with each simulation addressing key concepts and enable students to practice and teachers to demonstrate these topics.


Other CSUSM Library Resources

More information about finding and using library resources can be found on the Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Guide.



Have a good idea for a free resource? Tell us about it! Email your subject specialist.