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Greek and Latin Research Guide

A guide to Greek and Latin Resources in the library.

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available textbooks and supplemental material that can augment or take the place of costly copyrighted textbooks.

Use the Mason OER Finder to locate appropriate material for your course.

Open Access Textbooks

New Testament Greek

undefined GR 103 Elementary New Testament Greek
 CC BY-NC --  [What does this mean?]

undefined GR 103 Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts
 CC BY-NC-SA --  [What does this mean?]

Classical Mythology

undefined CLAS 211 Mythology Unbound: An Online Textbook for Classical Mythology
 CC BY-NC-SA --  [What does this mean?]

Roman Art

 undefinedCLAS 318; CLAS 318R Guide to Ancient Roman Art
 CC BY-NC-SA --  [What does this mean?]

Open Supplementary Material

Why Adopt OER in Your Classroom?


OER are receiving growing support as permissions are the clear, easy-to-understand. Many OER use Creative Commons Licenses, which specify the ways you are legally allowed to access, download, use, revise, and share the materials you need.

Innovation and Collaboration

Because OER are freely shared with others, there is a growing network of resources that instructors may draw upon to use in their courses - many of which have already been adopted and extensively reviewed by other instructors in your field. Since OER allow for revision and sharing in most cases, you have a greater capacity to build upon the works of others - customizing and combining resources to create innovative course curriculum.

OER also provide ample opportunities for ongoing collaboration between different individuals, departments, and institutions, in order to build truly unique materials.


One of the strongest supports for the adoption of OER has been the cost benefits for students. The College Board estimates that the average student in the United States will spend up to $1220-$1420 a year on their required course materials. As many as 65% of students admitted that they had deliberately chosen not to purchase their course materials, due to the cost involved. Additionally, as many as 48% of students reported that textbook costs impacted how many and which their course enrollment decisions.

This translates to is a growing number of students who either cannot, or choose not to purchase their course materials - leaving them without the information necessary to be successful in their coursework. It also leads to empty chairs in classrooms due to students dropping courses that they cannot afford. Open Educational Resources are an excellent solution to the rising cost of course materials, as they are free resources available to all, guaranteeing 100% of student will have access, almost instantaneously.