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Open Educational Resources (OER) - Resource Guide: History & Political Science

Open Educational Resources are free for people to use and repurpose.


The American Yawp

The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

U.S. History - OpenStax 

Designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). U.S. History covers key forces that form the American experience, with particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender.


American History

This online textbook is one of a series of three.  It begins by describing Native American Society as it was directly before colonization.  This text comprehensively discusses, all topics of American history up to the turn of the twenty first century. 

American Government

Beginning with the nature of government, this text covers all of the main topics of government including federalism, congress, bureaucracy, and civil rights.  



Stafford Library Resources

The Library provides access to databases that contain e-books, e-journals, images, videos, etc. that can be used to supplement textbooks and other course materials. To learn more, see the following: