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Affordable Textbooks and Open Educational Resources: Other Resources

This guide provides an introduction to open educational resources and open textbooks, that might be used as an alternative to expensive, commercially produced, textbooks.


The WIU Libraries have more than 25,000 e-books and 295,000 government publications on a variety of topics, from Algebra to Zoology. To find E-Books or Government Publications, perform a Quick Search in WestCat and limit by type of resource or location:

From the Quick Search Page, enter a search term describing the topic of interest. Then use the Quick Limit pull-down to select e-Books or an appropriate location (e.g. Government Publications). A list of Library Resources on that topic will be displayed.

News Feeds

News Feeds are a useful source of information about new discoveries in a subject, World and National events or academic trends. The following News Feeds might be useful sources of information.