You can use the Advanced Search Feature to find content that meets several specific criteria. Use advanced search to enter a set of criteria and search the full site for results. Follow these steps to use the advanced search.

Click advanced search on the homepage or in the search interaction in the header.

Use any or all of the advanced search fields as you create your search.

Commons Search Items

  1. Enter specific keyword(s). Separate multiple keywords by a comma.
  2. Select a Subject Area
  3. Select a Grade Level
  4. Select Conditions of Use. Tip: this field is particularly helpful if you want to find content that is open to remix and reuse.

Generate your search now, or continue to select more specific criteria


Additional Search Criteria

Select one or more items from the Additional Search Criteria section

  1. Educational Standards - Use the drop-down menu to find content associated with a particular standard such as Common Core or Next Generation Science Standards. Note that you can launch your search from a broad category or narrow down to a specific standard.
  2. Evaluation Criteria - This field is related to the evaluation rubrics. You can use this item to find content with high scores on items such as "degree of alignment" or "opportunities for deeper learning."
  3. Language - Search for content published in a specific language. 
  4. Subject Area - Section one or more subjects.
  5. Educational Use - Select the type of content you are looking for. Note: this field is dynamic, so only languages for which we have content are listed in the search menu. 
  6. Material Type - Select one or more material types.
  7. Member Activity - Use this section to find content that has been tagged or commented on by other OER Commons users. 
  8. Rubric Evaluated - Check these boxes to find content that has been aligned with the OER Evaluation Rubrics on the site. 
  9. Content Source - Search for Open Author Resource (content hosted on the site, which can be copied remixed directly) or Content Provider Resources (content hosted on external sites.)
  10. Primary User - Use these options to find content intended for a particular audience such as parents, administrators, or students.
  11. Level - Designate your targeted education level. Note that the levels can be opened for greater refinement (for example, open Primary to select Lower or Upper Primary). Click the drop-down menus and select from the list items in each menu.
  12. Media Format - Find content in a specific format such as eBook or Video
  13. Accessibility - Search for content related to specific accessibility requirements. 
  14. Conditions of Use - Select one or more Conditions of Use to find content that meets your remix and redistribution needs.