Merlot is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. The service is developed and maintained since 1997 by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning (CSU-CDL). This Web site provides links to peer-reviewed online learning materials in a wide variety of disciplines and digital formats. MERLOT’s strategic goal is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.