With the rising cost of textbooks, many instructors are redesigning their courses to be textbook-free or low-cost. This can include using library-licensed materials, like articles, eBooks, and videos, which are not free resources, but are free for you and your students to use. We recommend reviewing the electronic materials owned by the Hartness Library as a first step in exploring textbook alternatives and supplementary course materials. Please review these tips and guidelines, and our OER Guide, to help you get started.
Help from Librarians
Librarians can help you search for potential replacements or supplemental materials for your course. Contact your Academic Program Liaison Librarian for recommended library databases, open access materials/OER and search strategies to make sure you have explored all that may be available. You can see suggested library materials and OER by subject area through our Subject Guides. Librarians can also help you test permalinks and bookmarks to the material to make sure you are connecting your students to the content in the way that supports Fair Use.