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Open Educational Resources: Chemistry

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

Open Chemistry Textbooks

Introductory Chemistry  -David W. Ball

David W. Ball of Cleveland State University brings his new survey of general chemistry text, Introductory Chemistry. This book is intended for a one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Throughout the chapters, David presents two features that reinforce the theme of the textbook, that chemistry is everywhere.


Dr. David W. Ball, Cleveland State University, Chemistry

Introductory Chemistry is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.


General Chemistry  -Wikibooks

Wikibooks is for textbooks, annotated texts, instructional guides, and manuals. These materials can be used in a traditional classroom, an accredited or respected institution, a home-school environment, or for self-learning. 

Wikibooks are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. 


Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry  -William Reusch

This virtual textbook allows for visualization of 3D-molecular models while teaching principles of Organic Chemistry.


William Reusch, Michigan State University, Chemistry

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitaves 2.0 License.



Organic Chemistry Wikibook

This text has a complete index. Each entry in its index is denoted with a symbol noting its completeness. It appears to be a mature-developing text. It is full  of well composed diagrams and well organized text.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 license.



Thermodynamics and Chemistry  -Howard Devore


Thermodynamics and Chemistry is designed primarily as a textbook for a one-semester course in classical chemical thermodynamics at the graduate or undergraduate level. It can also serve as a supplementary text and thermodynamics reference source.




Howard DeVoe, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland


This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License.