The purpose of this guide is to promote awareness of, and access to, course materials that are up-to-date, meet pedagogical needs, and are affordable to students.
Adapted, with permission, from Emory University Libraries’ “Affordable Textbooks and Teaching Materials.”
Library books, articles, videos and other materials may be placed on hold for a university course at Fondren Library. Course Reserve items have much shorter circulation periods for the duration of the semester. An electronic course reserve system called Ares facilitates access to electronic materials.
Fondren encourages instructors to direct link to library owned/licensed content within Canvas so students can freely access material.
By linking to subscribed content (unlike downloading PDFs for these purposes), you provide easy yet secure access to desired readings, without activating the need for copyright clearance fees.
Fondren’s collections include a number of ebooks. Although available titles generally are not textbooks, many might meet course needs.
Library-licensed ebooks can be found using OneSearch and in numerous databases. Detailed information about how to find ebooks can be found in this Fondren guide. If you would like the library to purchase a new ebook, please submit a Suggest Purchase request or contact your subject librarian. This process can take time, so please submit requests as early as possible.
Note that many ebooks have access restrictions, which may limit the number of students who can access the book at the same time. Your subject librarian will be able to verify any restrictions and may be able to secure additional rights.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are openly-licensed, freely available educational materials that can be modified and redistributed by users. They can include any type of educational resource, from syllabi to full courses. Attributes of OER include:
There are a number of resources available for finding high-quality OER in your subject area, including:
Additional information about finding and using OER can be found at this Fondren guide.
Open access (OA) refers to peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature that is free, online, and openly licensed for sharing. Many publishers make journal articles and, increasingly, books and book chapters open. OA repositories--including subject and institutional repositories-- preserve and provide access to this material, often in the form of articles, preprints, reprints, data, theses, dissertations, and other media.
Many open access publications use Creative Commons (CC) licenses. To learn more about how you can use CC-licensed content, see Fondren’s Creative Commons Guide