July 10th, 2011

Textbook and Course Reading FAQs

Image of textbooks on a chairWelcome to Summer Quarter! At the start of every quarter the library receives a lot of questions from learners who are wondering how to get a hold of their course materials. Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: I am a new learner, how do I get to the course readings in the Library?

A: Required course readings should be linked in your courseroom, both in the learning units and in the Syllabus on the Course Materials page. For more information, see our Finding Course Readings guide.

Q: “How do I get my textbooks?”

A: If your syllabus doesn’t provide a hyperlink to your required textbooks, then you must purchase them. There should be directions and a link to the bookstore on the Course Materials page of the Syllabus.

Q: “I already ordered my textbooks but they haven’t arrived yet. Are the textbooks somewhere in the Library?”

A: If your syllabus directed you to buy the books, they are not available from the library. You can search Worldcat.org to see if a local library has the book you need. If a local library has your book(s), you should make sure to check with the Library before traveling there.

Q: “One of the links to a reading in the Library is broken. How can I get the article?”

A: Contact the Library to let us know which course you are in and which reading link is broken. We will work from our end to get it updated. In the meantime, you can check the Journal and Book Locator to see if your article is available. Here are the directions:

  1. Search by the journal title (e.g. Harvard Business Review, Journal of Psychology, etc.).
  2. Click on the database name (e.g. Business Source Complete, etc.) which covers the year of the article you want. Check the Syllabus> Course Materials to get the full citations.
  3. Use the year, volume, issue and pages to find the reading. You can also “search within this publication” for the first couple words of the title.

Q:”How can I get the Optional Books and Optional Articles?”

A: The library does NOT have every book or article that appears in an optional reading list, so here are several ways you can try to obtain them.

  1. Search Journal and Book Locator by the journal title or the book title (NOT author or article title) to see if we have the full text, as described in the directions given above.
  2. If the full text of a book or article is not available through the library, you may fill out an Interlibrary Loan form and we will request the item for you from another library. (Note: Articles take about 3-5 business days to arrive and books take 2-3 weeks. Required books and articles may NOT be requested through interlibrary loan).
  3. For books, you can search Worldcat.org to see if a local library has it.

If your particular question about course materials wasn’t answered here, please feel free to Ask a Librarian.


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