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What FREDURES is

What FREDURES isn't

Why you should search at different levels of the hierarchy

Combining FREDURES with Google

Help FREDURES to grow

Join FREDURES

What FREDURES is

FREDURES is a new project, still in its evelopmental stages. The idea behind FREDURES is very simple. It is a search engine - or, more accurately, a series of search engines - geared towards finding open-access educational resources (OER) on the internet. It is aimed at learners and based on the principle that anyone can learn anything. It focuses on the middle ground between information and research, enabling searchers to find freely-available online lessons and courses.

What FREDURES isn't

Fredures does not cover general sources of information, discussion groups, educational resources for teachers, primary sources or research sources. Where appropriate, these are listed separately.

Searching at different levels of the hierarchy

The Quickstart search at the bottom of the home page collects data in two ways. The first is by trawling the major websites offering Open Educational Resources (OER). The second is by extracting links dynamically from websites that contain lists of sites offering OER.

The Subject search boxes also collect data in two ways. The first is by trawling the relevant sections of the major OER websites. The second is by trawling smaller, more specialized websites.

The Category search boxes work through a combination of all of these different approaches.

As a result, searches at different layers of the hierarchy will give some overlapping results, along with some results that are unique to that particular level of search. If something doesn't show up in a Subject search it is may show up in a Category search or Quickstart search. If you don't find what you are looking for at one level, it may show up at another level,

Combining FREDURES with Google

If you find search results that help you towards what you are looking for but do not quite give you the exact material, try searching at http://google.com. There may be material that has not yet been incorporated into FREDURES.

Help FREDURES to grow

Please help FREDURES to run smoothly by sending feedback ig you find a significant discrepancy between the results at different levels of the hierarchy.

Please also send feedback if unexpected or inappropriate search results come up, if you cannot find something you are searching for, if you wish to recommend a website, or if you have any other suggestions or comments.
            

Join FREDURES

Join FREDURES and help to build this search engine! Even a small contribution of your time is welcome.