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Your CSU Library Has A Wealth of Resources and Expertise – Free for Your Students

Your campus library can provide you and your students with access to the highest quality electronic books, online scholarly journal articles, streaming audio and video, and other material for instructional uses -- all at no cost to your students. Your library’s collection of electronic books and journal articles can be especially useful in upper division classes where textbooks are not available to cover the more specialized curriculum.

All CSU libraries begin with a systemwide core collection of over 50 research databases, nearly 29,000 full-text electronic journals and magazines, and a growing collection of eBooks. Each library augments this core collection with their own digital subscriptions tailored specifically to your campus’ curriculum, giving you access to hundreds of databases, millions of scholarly journal articles, and whole lot more.

Substituting Library Resources for Textbooks: What Can You Do?

  1. Begin with your syllabus and consider your learning objectives for each component of the course. Are there library resources such as eJournals or eBooks that could be combined as a substitute for textbooks? For advanced classes, consider having your students find the course materials as part of developing their research and information literacy skills within your discipline.
  2. You can search your library's website (links in the sidebar on the right) to locate the online, full text resources to which your library subscribes.
  3. Make an appointment with one your library’s reference and instructional librarians. Many CSU libraries have liaisons for each college, school, or even department on campus. Your librarian can guide you to finding the best materials using the power databases and discovery tools available in the library, and often can offer best practices on how to include those materials in your online course.

Export Library Resources into Your LMS Course Quickly and Easily

Your library has powerful tools for finding eBooks, electronic journal articles, and other digital resources in your library’s collection that can become course materials for your students -- all at no cost to them.

We now have a quick and easy way for you to discover these online library resources and arrange them into a reading list for your students, providing simple, seamless access for students both on- and off-campus. And best of all, you can do that all without having to leave your learning management system. Contact David Walker (Director of Systemwide Digital Library Services) to get your campus started.

Looking for Resources to Help Students Improve their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Skills?

The CSU has organized a wealth of open educational resources and CSU licensed materials that you and your students can use to improve their skills in effectively and efficiently using information and communication technologies. If students are going to be successful using digital content and searching for quality educational resources, they need to practice the requisite skills. For more information see the ICT LIteracy Teaching Commons.

Larry Press, faculty member at CSU Dominguez Hills has a short and simple set of recommendations for Internet reading and writing. You can find more information in MERLOT and make a comment about this resource

Using CSU Library Materials As Alternative To Textbooks

Learn how a CSU East Bay faculty member and librarian replaced textbooks with library resources that are free to students and created a more engaging learning experience.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x (Windows)
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu
3. Click on the Security tab
4. Click Custom Level button located under the heading Security Level for this Zone. The Security Settings dialog box will pop up
5. Scroll down to Scripting, near the bottom of the list
6. Click Enable under Active Scripting
7. Click Enable under Allow paste operations via script
8. Click Enable under Scripting of Java applets
9. Click OK button to save and leave Security Settings
10. Click OK button to leave Internet Options

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 (Windows)
1. Open Mozilla Firefox
2. Select Options from the Tools menu
3. Click Web Features on the left side of the Preferences dialog box
4. Click on the checkbox next to Enable Java
5. Click on the checkbox next to Enable JavaScript
6. Click OK button to save and leave Options

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (Macintosh)
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Choose Preferences from the Explorer menu
3. Click the arrow next to Web Browser to expand the options
4. Click Web Content
5. Under Active Content, click on the checkbox next to Enable scripting
6. Click Java under Web Browser
7. Click on the checkbox next to Enable Java
8. Click OK button to save and leave Preferences

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Open Access Journals

There are many high quality, peer reviewed academic journals published on the web that are free.
Explore these OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS: