Options for Sharing Course Materials with Students

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Instructors assigning readings and other course materials to students have many options for providing them to their students via the UNT Libraries. Working directly with the Libraries to provide access to course materials for your courses can save you time and students’ money. Consider the following options:

  • If assigning individual chapters or articles from various sources, we recommend using the UNT Libraries’ course reserves to make the readings available online to students enrolled in the course (“e-reserves”). Alternatively, you can use XanEdu through Barnes & Noble at UNT to create a print or digital coursepack.
  • If assigning only one chapter of a published book, we recommend using the UNT Libraries’ course reserves to make a version available online to students enrolled in the course.
  • If assigning small portions of a published book (more than one chapter), we recommend seeing if a multi-user e-book is available through the UNT Libraries. Check the UNT Library Catalog for a version and look for a note saying “Multiple User Access.” Alternatively, you can use XanEdu through Barnes & Noble at UNT to create a print or digital coursepack.
  • If assigning substantial portions of a published book, UNT Libraries recommend that you first consider whether there are any free textbook alternatives, open educational resources, or multi-user e-books available that might substitute for a conventional textbook. For e-books, check the UNT Library Catalog for a version with a note saying “Multiple User Access.” If you decide instead to assign a conventional textbook, are teaching an on-campus course, and have one or more print copies to spare, please consider loaning them to the UNT Libraries’ course reserves so that students have the option of using these rather than buying a copy of the book.
  • If creating your own textbook, there are a few options for support from the UNT Press and the UNT Libraries. Alternatively, you can create a custom textbook through Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) Courseware, which charges an access fee to students, but allows direct integration with Canvas and offers a print edition for purchase. Note that much of the material available through BNED Courseware is also available for free directly through OpenStax.

To speak with a librarian about the different ways you can provide access to course materials, locate your college and department on the Subject Librarians list to find out how to contact the librarian assigned to your unit.