Do You Use Open Access Textbooks?

February 8, 2012

Several instructors at SCC have adopted freely available Internet textbooks that help students afford school.  Do you use open access textbooks or other classroom materials for your courses?  Does your department advocate for their use?  Add a comment with your name, course and the URL of your course material and we will compile a starter list of open access resources used at SCC.  Speak up if you would like to help expand this list @ SCC and in the district.
It’s in the air!

 Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science

 I hope your favorites are missing from these examples so you will add to the list:

Books and textbooks



Textbooks On Tap

October 2, 2009

Yes, we are a little obsessed with textbooks here in the library.  Maybe because students have checked them out 12,397 times since school started in August!

We love it when students find their textbooks in the library catalog – we have ’em for nearly every class, as does the College Store.  But there are multiple sources for textbooks, and one of the following services may fit a student’s particular situation more exactly.  (Dutiful disclaimer: the following services may not save money and may require extra time.)

There are plenty of Internet bookstoresAmazon, Alibris,,, and Borders are just a few that carry used textbooks.  Students must make sure the book is the correct year and edition (use ISBN) and allow for shipping costs and time. deals in rental textbooks, though prices may deter some.  The 5th edition of Martin-Gay’s Intermediate Algebra is currently going for $55.49 for the semester (125 days), plus tax and shipping.

A few services sell textbooks by the chapter or in electronic format.  We’ve noticed iChapters and CoursesMart, but would like to hear from faculty and students who have used them.

As an alternative to textbooks, you can save your students some cash by using open educational resources offered by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, or by assigning public domain full-text books available through Project Gutenberg, Bartleby, Google Books, or the Internet Archive.

Adopt Open Textbooks

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