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Open Textbooks Guide

This guide discusses what is an open textbook and where to locate them.

Digital Library e-Book Collections

The John E. Robbins Library  has subscriptions to several e-book collections.  These can be linked to via Moodle so they are available to students online.  

To locate them, use the library's One-Search Engine by entering your subject terms in the Advanced Search Screen and then using the limiters indicated in the image below.  In this search I was looking for Child Psychology E-books NOT used in Education (i.e. a Psychology class).  To do this I limited the search to books, Full-Text Online, by Year of Publication and Language.  If you use this, you can easily identify relevant e-books - regardless of whether they are open textbooks, open books or licensed e-books.  

Locating ebooks in One-Search


Next click on a Title to bring up the Full Record for the title you want to use.  You can get the appropriate link for the title by clicking on Permalink in the Full Record and then Using the URL it gives you (see image below.)  Using this URL you will ensure that remote users are take to this exact page and can click on the collection(s) listed.  Upon selecting one of the collections (like EBSCOHost, Jstor, Elsevier, etc) students will be given the option to enter in their BU Username and Password.  Upon entering this information they will be given access  to the licensed content.  Use this link any time you want to give students access to an electronic resource in the library's collection via a site like Moodle.

FInding links via One-Search