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Tennessee State University is working to provide students and faculty easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks and digital curriculum resources to reduce the cost of textbooks that everyone and anyone can access anytime and anywhere for teaching, learning, and career training (Learn more about how and why we're doing this)

What is TSU-Excel4ed?

Tennessee State University is committed to excellence and has been consistently listed in the U.S. News & World Report’s "Guide to America’s Best Colleges" for more than a decade.

This eLearning portal partnership with MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching curated by California Southern University (CSU), represents TSU's commitment to promoting student success and teaching effectiveness by providing affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks and learning resources by providing quality digital learning and teaching materials for both on-ground and online teaching.

At this site, you will find a wealth of free open educational resources (OER) such as eTextbooks, for students, faculty, and staff in one convenient location; available online at any time (24 x 7 hours) and anywhere (around the world) one can access the internet.

This site helps you:

  • locate free quality online learning materials anytime, from any location;
  • lower the cost of attending college for all SU System's College students;
  • improve the learning experience by offering rich educational materials at the point of need;
  • organize course learning materials quickly and easily using digital file storage solutions;
  • review the great work that SU System's faculty and partner institutions are doing through the Faculty and Course Showcase;
  • share in the best practices and learning materials with Tennessee University faculty and faculty around the world; and
  • promote student success by offering digital learning materials at the beginning of the course.

ADD Free eTextbooks You're Using or Created Into MERLOT

Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


Enter key words below to search the SkillsCommons library for Free Workforce Development OER


Enter key words below to search the MERLOT library for Free eTextbooks

Advanced Search MERLOT Materials


Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE eTextbooks.



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