Library Resources

Replace Textbooks

Replacing your commercially-licensed textbook with library or open educational resources can be a time-consuming task. When first putting new library or open content to use, be sure to do the following in order to save time on error correction later on:

  • Begin with your syllabus and consider your learning objectives for each component of the course. Are there library or open resources such as eJournals or eBooks that could be combined as a substitute for textbooks? For advanced classes, you could have your students find the course materials as part of developing their information literacy skills within your discipline.
  • When using library resources, use permanent links (also called “permalinks.”) In GALILEO Discover (from EBSCO), you can get the permalink for any resource by going to the full record (click on the title to get there), and then clicking on “Permalink” on the right sidebar.
    • This will prevent errors when content in a library resource gets moved around. Also, in GALILEO Discover, the web links you see on your address bar are session-based and will expire quickly. For a massive list of database details on permanent links, check out the San Jose State University Permanent Links Guide.
  • When modifying an open textbook, be sure to assign the right non-restrictive open license to the material.
  • Confirm that the library or open educational resources you are using are accessible to students with disabilities.