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Research Guide: Open Educational Resources (OERs)

This Guide provides post graduate students with the tips and tools necessary to successfully complete their research.

Open Access Books

Open Access Articles

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

  • NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)  is an international organization dedicated to the preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). 
  • Open access theses and dissertations
  • EBSCO Open Dissertations
  • EThOS - the E-Theses Online Service are doctoral theses awarded by higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. 

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational material that are freely available for teachers and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

This page will focus on OER's for research related topics only.

  • FAQ:  Answering a few general questions on OER's
  • OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources
  • OpenAlex is a comprehensive open catalog of the global research system - scholarly papers, authors, institutions, and more.

Open Courses

General courses

Note: This section includes a lot of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). If you want to enroll in a free version of a MOOC, please select the “Full Course, No Certificate” (edX) or “Audit” (Coursera) option. If you opt to take the course for a certificate/credential, you will be charged.

  • Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
  • edX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OWC) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.
  • OER research in Africa
  • Academic EarthAcademic Earth believes that everyone has the right to a world-class education.         

Writing courses

World Organisations

Writing Support Tools

  • Grammarly - Free writing assistance with spelling, grammar and plagiarism detection

Reference Management Software

  • Mendeley Reference Management assist you can easily organize and search your personal library, annotate documents and cite as you write.
  • Zotero is an easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your research.

Data Analysis Tools

  • Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner
  • Kepler Is a free and open source scientific workflow system that enables researchers to create, execute, and share models and analyses.
  • Mendeley Data is a secure cloud-based repository where you can store your data, ensuring it is easy to share, access and cite, wherever you are. 
  • OpenRefine is used for cleaning, transforming and matching data

Free Images and Video editing tools