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Open Textbooks, OER, & Alternative Resources for APSU Faculty Members: Use Library eBooks as an Alternative

Notes on Using Library eBooks for Coursework

Please be aware of the following caveats when using eBooks from library subscriptions for textbooks or coursework assignments:

  • A limited number of eBook titles in the EBSCO eBook collection and the ProQuest Ebook Central Collections are restricted to one simultaneous user.  If the title does not specify unlimited simultaneous use, it may not be appropriate for use as a textbook or for class assignments.  If only one user is available, contact your library liaison to see if funds are available to purchase unlimited access (please note that some titles may not be available for purchase under an unlimited access license model).
  • Library subscription eBook collections occasionally lose access to titles if the vendor cannot reach an agreement with a specific publisher.  If a title you select for classroom use is no longer available, please contact your library liaison to see if funds are available to purchase access through another method.
  • Titles in JSTOR eBooks are available through an evidence based acquisition program.  This means that only titles with the most usage at the end of a one-year period will be purchased.  If you are using a book for coursework in one of these collections, please let your library liaison know the name of the title so it can be placed on the list of items for purchase.
  • The entire content of titles in EBSCO and eBook Central can be read online.  Most have limits on the number of pages that can be saved to PDF or printed.  Downloading the entire text to read offline requires the use of Adobe Digital Editions or a mobile application.

General eBook Collections

The resources below cover a number of subject areas and disciplines.

Subject Specific eBook Collections

Use the Library Catalog to Search for eBooks Available at APSU

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Advanced Search: Open Austin Library Catalog

Create Links for Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Gold link to connect chainsAre you preparing your lesson plans and need to know how to set up links to electronic articles or books from the library databases - for D2L or course web pages- so that they work from off-campus? Use the tool below to make sure your links are accessible to students from any location.