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Open Educational Resources

Time is Money

OER is all about saving money by using free eTextbooks someone else made or by making your own with Open Educational Resource.

But that can be time consuming. Sometime the most effective way to provide an eTextbook to your students at no cost to them is to buy an appropriate eBook with unlimited users.

Each semester the Thrift Library provides up to 100 eTextbooks for use by classroom students at no cost to them.

Typically

  • One in ten eTextbooks are available for purchase.by the library.
  • Average cost - $65.00

You can greatly improve the chances of providing your students eTextbooks by consulting your library liaison before choosing a title.

eTextbooks Fall 2020

 

        

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  • Titles are in alphabetical order. Remember to look for your title under A, An, and The
  • The URL is in the last column on the right and has been modified for off campus use.
  • Always verify the url from off campus.
  • Always verify the title. eTextbooks have different ISBNs than textbooks, and often different copyright dates.
  • Only you can decide if a similar title is appropriate.

Impact

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Cost saved = Cost of one physical texbook X number of classes using that title X average class size (20).

This marks the largest percentage of textbooks ever supplied by the library  - about  25%.
*The number of pre-owned titles varies by semester and can greatly lower the library's cost.
**The library was unable to obtain a list of textbooks in time to make purchases for the Summer of 2020.

Opening / Viewing / Printing / Downloading 

With over a dozen eBook databases, the rules of use can vary greatly.

  • While some database let you view content freely,
  • Some require you to create a personal account.to print or download.
  • Some databases provide access to the whole eBook, others to individual chapters.
  • Not all allow downloading.