Keep in mind that textbooks are difficult for libraries to acquire in digital forms. Rental options, through the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, may be the best option for some students to access textbooks. Also, remember that Wiley, Oxford, Springer, Cambridge and Routledge all produce a variety of handbooks, companions, and surveys which can serve as course texts freely accessible to you and your students. Again, see our e-book guide for more details as to the availability and access to these collections. Consider Open Educational Resource options as well.
Please allow time for the exploration of possible options when preparing your course, so that we can determine what e-book options are available, and how we can maximize use and availability!
It is also good practice to check links and access prior to assigning texts for class, as e-book package content can change (particularly for subscription databases).
You can search DiscoverE for our subscribed content to most of these collections or go directly to their platforms. Databases@Emory also contains links to most our e-book collections! Note that once in many of these databases, you may want to limit (usually via a click box) to items to which we have access.
DOAB aggregates records for Open Access Books so libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books.
The Libraries purchase and make e-books access in a number of ways. Preference is for e-books without restrictions, where possible and feasible:
(titles made accessible and purchased on demand/as used)
(pool of titles made accessible and then an agreed to sum of titles purchased at end of term)
|Cambridge, Wiley, Sage|
Individual Title Purchases
|Consortial Purchases (titles made available as part of membership in educational consortium, such as GALILEO||EBSCO and ProQuest Academic Book Collections (backlist)|
|E-Book Packages/Collections (individual collections, oftentimes individual titles not available for purchase)||Springer e-book collections|