Answered By: ESC Sara
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023     Views: 15

We in the library as well as those in the administration (and our students) know that textbooks can be very expensive; therefore, we encourage faculty members to use Open Educational Resources (OER) wherever they exist with sufficient quality to meet the educational need in place of--or in addition to less expensive--textbooks in their courses.

What you may not know is that there is a search filter (attribute) built into Banner, the university's course registration system, that allows you to identify courses that use OER. This is one of a few ways we can help you to cut down on the costs of your educational experience.

Below are some brief step-by-step instructions to show you how to find and use this attribute to identify courses that will spark your intellectual curiosity AND be as affordable as possible:

1) Begin at

Screenshot showing MySUNYEmpire location in top banner of university website circled in orange.











2) Click the button for "Registration and Course Offerings"

Screenshot showing MySUNYEmpire button for course registration circled in orange.














3) Select the link that says "Browse Term Guide"

Screenshot showing registration home page with Browse Term Guide circled in orange.











4) Under "Select a Term for Class Search" use the drop-down menu to select the term you want

Screenshot showing orange arrow pointing to term selection drop-down menu.













5) On the "Enter Your Search Criteria" page, scroll down to the field for "Attribute." Start typing the word "open" and select the "Open Educ Resource Available" option that will appear to populate that field. Add the rest of your search requirements, and click "Search."

Screenshot of search criteria page with Attribute field circled in orange.

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