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American Literature I: An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War
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This book offers an anthology of texts that includes letters, journals, poetry, newspaper articles, pamphlets, sermons, narratives, and short fiction written in and about America beginning with collected oral stories from Native American tribes and ending with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Many major and minor authors are included, providing a sampling of the different styles, topics, cultures, and concerns present during the formation and development of America through the mid-nineteenth century.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jenifer Kurtz
Date Added:
10/15/2020
CEE 330: Hydromechanics PowerPoint Slides
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The PowerPoint slides for CEE 330: Hydromechanics as taught at Old Dominion University.Chapter 1: Introduction and basic conceptsChapter 2: Properties of fluids Chapter 4: Fluid staticsChapter 5: Basics of fluid flow (control volume and mass conservation)Chapter 6: Momentum and forces in fluid flowChapter 7: Energy in steady flow

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Gangfeng Ma
Date Added:
11/08/2021
The Ecosphere and Environmental Issues
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This textbook is designed for introductory environmental studies and science students. The goal is to teach essential ecological concepts by linking them to key environmental issues. The hope is that students can easily understand how firm grounding in these concepts can help them appreciate and hopefully address the biggest environmental threats of our time. After an initial section on the nature of science and an overview of ecology, the textbook is divided into four sections, each addressing a key environmental concern: global climate change, eutrophication, biodiversity loss, and food supply and security. After a brief introduction to the environmental concern, the book addresses ecological concepts relevant for understanding the issue. Each section wraps up with a return to the environmental concern and insight into how the ecological concepts learned can be applied to the environmental issue.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgment
Introduction
I. Getting started
1. Nature of science
2. What do ecologists study?
II. Global climate change
3. Evolution
4. Biogeography and Biomes
III. Eutrophication
5. Energy in ecosystems
6. Biogeochemical cycles
IV. Declining biodiversity
7. The Importance of Biodiversity
8. Threats to Biodiversity
9. Preserving biodiversity
V. Food and water for a growing population
10. Population growth
Community Ecology
11. Soils

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Matthew R
Sarah Sojka
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers, Birth – Age 5
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This textbook, Early Childhood Literacy: Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers Birth-Age 5, outlines the connection between different areas of language and literacy and describes strategies for supporting development and promoting instruction. Early literacy includes reading, writing, and language development. Writing includes any early writing attempts and pre-writing behaviors just as reading includes any early reading attempts and recognition of symbols and sounds. Language also includes listening and speaking (oral language) and the use of gestures and signs to communicate. The term oral language is commonly used to describe early language development separately from reading and writing. This text assumes oral language is a component of language and embraces the broader term to underscore the communication practices outside of listening and speaking. For example, some children use sign language or a picture board. For these reasons, the textbook will focus on language development in its totality, including oral language. This textbook is focused on birth to age 5 because early literacy development is crucial for future learning and development.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Christine Pegorraro Schull
Julie K. Kidd
Kimberly Sanders Austin
Leslie La Croix
Sara E. Miller
Date Added:
11/05/2021
Foundations of American Education:  A Critical Lens
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In this survey text, readers will explore the foundations of American education through a critical lens. Topics include the teaching profession, influences on student learning, philosophical and historical foundations, structures of schools, ethical and legal issues, curriculum, classroom environment, and the path forward.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Courtney Clayton
Melissa Wells
Date Added:
11/09/2021
Graduate research methods in social work
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This textbook guides students, step-by-step through the process of conducting a student research project--conducting a literature review, conceptualizing a research question, designing a research project, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as disseminating results to academic and lay audiences. The textbook emphasizes ethics, cultural humility, social justice, information literacy, and feasibility as core components of the research process.

Subject:
Social Work
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Cory Cummings
Kate Agnelli
Matthew Decarlo
Date Added:
10/20/2020
Historical Geology
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Historical Geology is a free online textbook for Historical Geology courses. It includes the following chapters, as well as a series of case studies, virtual field experiences, tools of the trade, and virtual sample sets.

Chapters:
What is Historical Geology?
A Brief History of Earth
Earth as a System
Earth Materials – The Rock-Forming Minerals
Earth Materials – Rocks
Plate Tectonics
Geologic time
Evolution Part I: The Theory
Taphonomy: The Science of Death and Decay
Innovations of Life Through Time: Life Finds a Way
Stratigraphy – The Pages of Earth’s Past
Using sedimentary structures to interpret ancient environments
Facies
Paleoclimatology

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Assessment
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Textbook
Author:
Callan Bentley
Karen M. Layou
Russ Kohrs
Shelley Jaye
Date Added:
11/05/2021
Human Geography
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Addresses how humans interact with the environment and how human systems are geographically distributed over space.

Table of contents:

1. Thinking Geographically
2. Geographic Tools & Methods
3. Population, Migration, & Spatial Demography
4. Interpreting Place & Cultural Landscape
5. Nature & Society
6. Agricultural & Food Systems
7. Economy & Development
8. Power, Politics, & Place
9. Geography of Religion
10. Geography of Language
11. Urban & Suburban Spaces

Subject:
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Christine Rosenfeld
Nathan Burtch
Date Added:
05/20/2021
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
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This textbook has been modified from OpenStax Biology by faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. The goal was to provide students with a complete textbook with interactive features (reading quizzes, videos, links) that was highly engaging and, of course, at no cost to the students.

1. 1.1 Processes and Patterns of Evolution
2. 1.2 Evidence of Evolution
3. 1.3 Mutations
4. 2.1 Population Genetics
5. 2.2 Population Evolution
6. 2.3 Adaptive Evolution
7. 3.1 Speciation: Allopatric and Sympatric
8. 3.2 Speciation Isolation and Adaptation
9. 3.3 Reconnection and Speciation Rates
10. 4.1 Evolution and Classification
11. 4.2 Determining Phylogenetic Connections
12. 5.1 Prokaryotic Cell Structures
13. 5.2 Prokaryotic Growth & Metabolism
14. 5.3 Prokaryotic Diversity
15. 6.1 Evolution of Eukaryotic Cells
16. 6.2 Evolution of Simple Multicellularity
17. 6.3 Challenges to Complex Multicellularity
18. 7.1 Characteristics of Fungi
19. 7.2 Ecology of Fungi
20. 7.3 Classifications of Fungi
21. 7.4 Fungal Parasites and Pathogens
22. 7.5 Importance of Fungi in Human Life
23. 8.1 Land Plant Ancestors
24. 8.2 Adaptations of Plants to Land
25. 8.3 Seedless Non-Vascular Plants
26. 8.4 Seedless Vascular Plants
27. 8.4 Seedless Vascular Plants
28. 8.5 Seed Plants: Gymnosperms
29. 8.6 Seed Plants: Angiosperms
30. 9.1 Shoot Growth and Development
31. 9.2 Water Transport in Plants
32. 9.3 Sugar Transport in Plants
33. 10.1 Features of the Animal Kingdom
34. 10.2 Features Used to Classify Animals
35. 10.3 Early Animals
36. 10.4 Neurons and Glial Cells
37. 11.1 Types of Skeletons
38. 11.2 Muscles and Movement
39. 11.3 Protostomes
40. 11.4 Deuterostomes
41. 12.1 Evolution of Fishes
42. 12.2 Systems of Gas Exchange
43. 12.3 Evolution of Tetrapods
44. 12.4 Overview of the Circulatory System
45. 12.5 Fertilization in Animals
46. 12.6 Homeostasis in Animals
47. 13.1 Population Dynamics
48. 13.2 Population Growth
49. 13.3 Population Dynamics
50. 13.4 Interspecific Interactions

Subject:
Biology
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Author:
Dianne Jennings
Jonathan Moore
Date Added:
11/05/2021
Introduction to Petrology
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Learn about igneous and metamorphic rocks (and how to analyze them), the fun way! Students learn concepts and practice knowledge by conducting inquiries guided with examples based on videos and interactive diagrams.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Juhong Christie Liu
Date Added:
02/18/2020
Marymount University Cognitive Psychology Syllabus (PSY 260)
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This online introductory cognitive psychology course was designed in a modular format that students work through from beginning to end. Each topic has corresponding OER material for students to review (most often readings and/or videos), a video lecture (not included), a brief quiz to check understanding of content (not included) , and various virtual cognitive psychology experiments, discussions and brief writing assignments. Currently there is no cumulative exam for the course, In lieu of an exam, students write a reflection journal, with entries due at the end of each module (five in total). These entries consist of a response to a prompt that encourages students to link theories and findings learned in the module to their daily lives.

Subject:
Psychology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Jenise Overmier
Date Added:
10/07/2020
Open Music Theory
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Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. Version 2 of this textbook is collaboratively authored by Chelsey Hamm, Mark Gotham, Kyle Gullings, Bryn Hughes, Brian Jarvis, Megan Lavengood, and John Peterson.

Each author led certain parts of the textbook. Dr. Hamm led fundamentals and co-led Post-tonal; Dr. Gotham led the Anthology, 12-tone Serialism, and Orchestration sections; Dr. Gullings led the assignments and workbook for all chapters; Dr. Hughes co-led Pop and Post-tonal; Drs. Jarvis and Peterson led Harmony and Form; Dr. Lavengood led Jazz and co-led Pop and edited many of the chapters of the book. Furthermore, each chapter individually lists the authors that wrote that chapter.

While many chapters are entirely new to OMT Version 2, we are indebted to the vision of OMT Version 1. Version 1 was built on resources authored by Kris Shaffer, Bryn Hughes, and Brian Moseley, edited by Kris Shaffer and Robin Wharton, and is published by Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Brian Jarvis
Brian Moseley
Bryn Hughes
Chelsey Hamm
John Peterson
Kris Shaffer
Kyle Gullings
Mark Gotham
Megan Lavengood
Date Added:
08/31/2020
PHI220 Ethics
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This book provides a systemic study of representative ethical concepts and theories and discusses their application to concrete moral dilemmas.

Subject:
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Debbie Holt
Date Added:
11/18/2021
PowerPoint Slides: SOWK 621.01: Research I: Basic Research Methodology
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The twelve lessons for SOWK 621.01: Research I: Basic Research Methodology as previously taught by Dr. Matthew DeCarlo at Radford University. Dr. DeCarlo and his team developed a complete package of materials that includes a textbook, ancillary materials, and a student workbook as part of a VIVA Open Course Grant.

Subject:
Social Work
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Matthew DeCarlo
Date Added:
01/12/2021
Precalculus I, MTH 161
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There are four primary focus areas of this course - 1) Relations and Functions, 2) Polynomial and Rational Functions, 3) Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and 4) Systems of equations.

Precalculus 1 (MTH 161) was produced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as an online Open Educational Resources (OER) course in partnership with three Community Colleges: J. Sargeant Reynolds, Tidewater, and John Tyler.

Subject:
Mathematics
Calculus
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Amanda Goldstein
Ben MacKinnon
Bethany Wright
C.J. Bracken
James Wolfle
John Morea
Kenyada McLeod
Libby Watts
Lisa Payne
Lynn Riggs
Matthew Watts
Sheri Prupis (Grant Director)
Date Added:
05/17/2021
Precalculus with Trigonometry, MTH 167
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There are nine focus areas of this course - 1) Relations and Functions, 2) Polynomial and Rational Functions, 3) Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, 4) Systems of equations, 5) Trigonometric Functions, 6) Analytic Trigonometry, 7) Applications of Trigonometry, 8) Conics and 9) Sequences and Series.

Precalculus with Trigonometry (MTH 167) was produced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as an online Open Educational Resources (OER) course in partnership with three Community Colleges: J. Sargeant Reynolds, Tidewater, and John Tyler.

Subject:
Mathematics
Calculus
Trigonometry
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Amanda Goldstein
Ben MacKinnon
Bethany Wright
C.J. Bracken
James Wolfle
John Morea
Kenyada McLeod
Libby Watts
Lisa Payne
Lynn Riggs
Matthew Watts
Sheri Prupis (Grant Director)
Date Added:
05/17/2021