Substituting Library Resources for Textbooks: What Can You Do?

  1. Begin with your syllabus and consider your learning objectives for each component of the course. Are there library resources such as eJournals or eBooks that could be combined as a substitute for textbooks? For advanced classes, consider having your students find the course materials as part of developing their research and information literacy skills within your discipline.
  2. You can search your library's website (links in the sidebar on the right) to locate the online, full text resources to which your library subscribes.
  3. Make an appointment with one your library’s reference and instructional librarians. Many CSU libraries have liaisons for each college, school, or even department on campus. Your librarian can guide you to finding the best materials using the power databases and discovery tools available in the library, and often can offer best practices on how to include those materials in your online course.

Campus library substituting library resources for textbooks examples below:

Cal State Bakersfield

csu bakersfield free etextbook list screenshot
CSUB free etextbook list screenshot

Cal State Dominguez Hills

csu dominguez hill free etextbook list screenshot
CSUDH free etextbook list screenshot

San Jose State

SJSU free etextbook list screenshot
SJSU free etextbook list screenshot

To learn if your campus library has created a similar resource, contact your AL$ Campus Coordinator.

Export Library Resources into Your LMS Course Quickly and Easily

  • Your library has powerful tools for finding eBooks, electronic journal articles, and other digital resources in your library’s collection that can become course materials for your students -- all at no cost to them.
  • We now have a quick and easy way for you to discover these online library resources and arrange them into a reading list for your students, providing simple, seamless access for students both on- and off-campus. And best of all, you can do that all without having to leave your learning management system. Contact for more information.

Looking for Resources to Help Students Improve their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Skills?

  • The CSU has organized a wealth of open educational resources and CSU licensed materials that you and your students can use to improve their skills in effectively and efficiently using information and communication technologies.
  • If students are going to be successful using digital content and searching for quality educational resources, they need to practice the requisite skills. For more information see the ICT LIteracy Teaching Commons.
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