January 11th, 2012

Courseroom Linked Readings and eBooks

Winter quarter started Monday and we are getting a lot of questions about finding required course readings and textbooks in the courserooms. You should already have purchased your required textbooks from the bookstore (see the textbook post for more information), but below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about getting linked readings.

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

A: The majority of required course readings are linked in your courseroom, both in the learning units and in the Syllabus on the Course Materials page (and exceptions should be explained in the courseroom). For more information, see our Finding Course Readings guide.

Here is a screen shot of the article list in the Course Materials section of the Syllabus.
Image of article listing in courseroom

Q: “One of the links to a reading from 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. See the directions if you haven’t used this tool before.

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

A: The library does NOT have every 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 name to see if we have the full text. See the directions if you’re not familiar with this tool.
  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. Please note: Articles take about 3-5 business days to arrive. 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.

Q: “I’m having trouble using my VitalSource ebook text. Who can help me?”

A: VitalSource textbooks are NOT part of the library. You can find information about using these ebook texts in iGuide. If you have further questions about VitalSource eBooks, please contact your Capella advisor.

If your particular question about other course readings wasn’t answered here, you can Ask a Librarian.


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