Whether you’re taking up an Introduction to Psychology class, or just want to brush up on your basic psychology, the best way to grasp the foundations of the field is by reading an intro to psych textbook. However, textbooks can be very expensive. Many of them range in the hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, there are textbooks out there that you can download legally for free. These are called “open access” textbooks.
Textbooks under the open access license enable anyone to read, download, print, and distribute them for free. If you are on the lookout for free and open access Introduction to Psychology textbooks, you’re at the right place. Best Psych Books is on a mission to help people gain access to free psychology textbooks. A few open access psychology textbooks are available on the internet, but they can be difficult to find. We’ve compiled some of them here for your easy access. Here are a few Introduction to Psychology textbooks you can legally download for free.
Introduction to Psychology from University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library
University of Minnesota’s Introduction to Psychology is a free textbook under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It’s a 685-page textbook that can be downloaded for free at the UMN website in different formats. It can even be read online, directly on your browser. You can check out University of Minnesota’s free Introduction to Psychology textbook here.
Psychology 2e from OpenStax
Psychology 2e is a free Introduction to Psychology textbook from OpenStax, a non-profit company that produces openly licensed textbooks. Psychology 2e is a collaboration between more than a dozen authors from different institutions, led by senior contribution authors Rose M. Spielman, Formerly of Quinnipiac University; William J. Jenkins, Mercer University; and Marilyn D. Lovett, Spelman College. Psychology 2e can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF. OpenStax provides an opportunity for people to support the project financially through donations, but if you’re unable to afford it, you can send them a thank-you note. Download Psychology 2e for free on the OpenStax website.
Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian Edition by BCCampus
BCCampus is a group based in British Columbia, Canada, that produces open textbooks. One of their projects is the Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian Edition, a free textbook written by Charles Stangor and Jennifer Walinga. The textbook is described as follows:
“This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. The beginning of each section includes learning objectives; throughout the body of each section are key terms in bold followed by their definitions in italics; key takeaways, and exercises and critical thinking activities end each section.”
The Introduction to Psychology textbook is under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike license. You can download the textbook at the OpenTextBC website.
Introduction to Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan has their own free Introduction to Psychology textbook you can download for free. The textbook is a compilation of different open resources as well as original content. The textbook is developed by Jorden A. Cummings and Lee Sanders. University of Saskatchewan’s Introduction to Psychology textbook can be read online or downloaded as a PDF on the university’s open press website.
Introduction to Psychology from the College of Lake County
College of Lake County, a community college based in Lake County, Illinois, also developed their own free Introduction to Psychology textbook. Developed by faculty members Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French, Introduction to Psychology is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. You can download a PDF copy of the textbook on the college’s website.
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