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Anatomical Basis of Injury

An adaptation of Anatomy and Physiology (OpenStax) designed to supplement an Anatomical Basis of Injury in Athletic Training course while providing review of basic Anatomy and Physiology.

Licence: CC BY


A collection of documents, images, videos, and interactive activities related to anatomy.

Licence: Various CC licences

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

This course focuses on a few themes that, when taken together, provide a full view of what the human body is capable of and of the exciting processes going on inside of it. The themes are:

  • Structure and function of the body, and the connection between the two.
  • Homeostasis, the body’s natural tendency to maintain a stable internal environment.
  • Levels of Organization, the major levels of organization in the human organism from the chemical and cellular levels to the tissues, organs and organ systems.
  • Integration of Systems, concerning which systems are subsets of larger systems, and how they function together in harmony and conflict.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Manual

This lab manual was created for Anatomy and Physiology I at the University of Georgia. The manual contains labs on cells, histology, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the nervous system, muscles, and the senses.

Licence: CC BY

Anatomy and Physiology Videos

A collection of YouTube playlists on different anatomy topics including anatomy of the senses, nervous system anatomy, muscle anatomy, appendicular skeleton anatomy, and axial skeleton anatomy.

Licence: CC BY

Anatomy Illustrations

A collection of almost 300 anatomy illustrations by an instructor with over twenty years experience teaching anatomy.

Licence: CC BY

Atlas of Comparative Anatomy

This atlas began as a class project at SUNY Oneonta in 2017 because of the lack of a comprehensive freely-accessible photographic atlas. The majority of entries in this atlas were produced by students including dissection, photography, and identification. It is a work in progress. The online version is available through Lumen Learning.

Licence: CC BY

Atlas of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Lumen Learning)

The majority of entries in this atlas were produced by students including dissection, photography, and identification. It is a work in progress, but we hope that students of anatomy find this a useful tool for studying anatomy outside of the lab.

Licence: CC BY 4.0, unless otherwise noted.

Biology 351 – Anatomical Illustrations

These anatomical illustrations were created by Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) students from Iowa State University. The students worked closely with the lab instructor to develop detailed anatomical illustrations of the specimens studied in the lab.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Body Physics: Motion to Metabolism

This textbook sticks to the basic functioning of the human body, from motion to metabolism, as a common theme through which fundamental physics topics are introduced. Related practice, reinforcement and Lab activities are included.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

The Brain from Top to Bottom

An interactive website about the human brain and behaviour.

Licence: Copyleft

Clinical Anatomy

A collection of videos, interactive modules, anatomical illustrations, interactive radiology, and other media for clinical anatomy.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Functional Neuroanatomy

This website includes photographs, diagrams, illustrations, video tutorials, MRI scans, and 3D reconstructions of functionally important parts of the human brain.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Human Anatomy Lab Manual

This is a lab manual for a college-level human anatomy course. The activities in this manual encourage students to engage with new vocabulary in many ways, including grouping key terms, matching terms to structures, recalling definitions, and written exercises. Most of the activities in this manual utilize anatomical models, and several dissections of animal tissues and histological examinations are also included. Each unit includes both pre- and post-lab questions and six lab exercises designed for a classroom where students move from station to station. The vocabulary terms used in each unit are listed at the end of the manual and serve as a checklist for practicals.

Licence: CC BY

Introduction to the Brain

This resource includes an introductory information pack for high school students and an activity with printable materials. It addresses the following learning outcomes: Name and locate the different lobes of the brain, understand the functions of each brain, and their real-life applications, actively work in a team with a common goal, and understand the implications of brain damage, such as the case of Phineas Gage.

Licence: CC BY

A Mixed Course-Based Research Approach to Human Physiology

This book was written for the Biology 256 Laboratory course at Iowa State University. It was designed to provide students with hands-on access to modern techniques in human physiological analyses using the course-based research pedagogical approach.

Licence: CC BY-SA

UGA Laboratory Manual for Functional Human Anatomy

The manual contains the following labs:

  • Introduction to Anatomical Terminology
  • Back: Skeletal Framework
  • Back Muscles
  • Skeletal Framework of the Upper Limb
  • Muscles of the Upper Limb
  • Skeletal Framework of the Lower Limb
  • Skeletal Framework of the Thorax
  • Body Cavities and Mesenteries

Licence: CC BY

The Visible Human Project

The NLM Visible Human Project® has created publicly-available, complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of a human male body and a human female body. Specifically, the VHP provides a public-domain library of cross-sectional cryosection, CT, and MRI images obtained from one male cadaver and one female cadaver.

Licence: Public Domain

Cell Biology

Basic Cell and Molecular Biology: What We Know & How We Found Out, 4th Edition

This textbook provides an overview of cell and molecular biology.

Includes: Learning objectives, videos, annotations

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Reviews: Available through the Open Textbook Library

Biology 2e (OpenStax)

Biology 2e is an OpenStax biology textbook with all of the concepts covered in two terms of first-year biology. It was written by biology professors from several American institutions and is faculty-reviewed.

Includes: Instructor resources, slides, simulations, applications, summaries, exercises, and solutions

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Reviews: Available through the Open Textbook Library and BCcampus

Biology for Majors I (Lumen Learning)

This text created through Lumen Learning to provide an expansive overview of introductory biology for science students. The broad and specific approaches provide academic freedom for instructors and provide the necessary information for students.

Includes: Applications, instructor resources, exercises, assignments, and solutions

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students (LibreTexts)

Available through LibreTexts this undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge across the disciplines of genetics, cell biology and biochemistry.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology

This textbook has been successfully adopted. It should be noted that it was written in the context of Indian universities and has a dedicated section to Indian ecology; however, it is a high-quality resource that covers all of the necessary concepts.

Includes: exercises.

Concepts of Biology, 1st Canadian Edition 

This textbook was designed as an introductory biology course for non-science students. It has been successfully adopted and it was written by professors of biology. Although this is a biology textbook, the chapters on the cellular foundation, cell division, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology may apply to the field of biochemistry.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, simulations, summaries, exercises, solutions.

Licence: CC BY 4.0

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology

This “textbook” is interactive, meaning that although each chapter has text, they also have interactive H5P content, such as quizzes, simulations, interactive videos, and images with clickable hotspots. Students receive instant feedback when they complete the interactive content, and therefore, can learn and check their understanding all in one place. The first unit introduces students to the nature of science, including scientific controversies, and information literacy, including how to analyze literature and identify stakeholders. Unit 2 is organismal biology, including carbon cycling and population growth, and unit 3 is molecular biology with a focus on gene expression.

Includes: Learning objectives, questions, and interactive activities

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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