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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide offers an overview of OER, open licensing, and will help you to locate and evaluate open resources to use in your courses or as supplementary material.

Open Resources

These textbooks have been created for free use in courses. These resources may be adopted for use as classroom text, modified to create new texts (as licensing allows), or used as a supplemental learning tool to aid in understanding key concepts.

General Political Science

United States Government

Political Theory

Many classic works of political theory are freely available in digital library collections, such as Hathi Trust and Project Gutenberg.

Course Collections

Included in this section are a variety of resources provided by the Michigan and U.S. Government, which may be of use in political science coursework. As a general rule, most works created by U.S. Government employees as part of their employment are considered to be in the public domain, but always be sure to check the licenses and permissions for each resource you intend to use. 


United States

Historical Resources


The content provided in this guide is intended for informational purposes only. The Melvin J. Zahnow Library at SVSU does not make any assurances as to the accuracy of the information contained within linked resources, or as to the licenses and permissions granted for the use of these works. Always be certain to check the permissions for each resource before using the work. 

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