If you are interested in using library resources, please contact the library to make sure that a resource is owned, and that the license permits use of the resource in a class.
If you are a faculty member or course designer who wants to use a library etextbook (whether you have a specific textbook in mind, or would like us to perform a general search for available textbooks on a topic), please fill out our research project request form.
Using Library Ebooks
It can be tricky to identify which ebooks have an ownership / licensing status which is suitable for course use. Contact the library to ask about possible etextbooks -- not every ebook available through the library is suitable for use as a course etextbook.
In addition to identifying whether an etextbook available through the library is suitable for use in a course, we can
identify whether a specific title is available for purchase as a course etextbook; or
search for available titles on a topic and provide information to help faculty members and course designers determine whether a potential etextbook is suitable for use in a course.
Guidelines for Purchasing Library Etextbooks
The library only purchases library books to be used as etextbooks when the book is
are required for use as a textbook in a course,
can be purchased within the library’s etextbook budget, and
do not have an excessive cost.
If the price of a textbook is determined to be excessive, the library will work with faculty and/or course designers to identify an alternative which is not cost prohibitive.
Using Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources, or OER, are created using an alternate publishing model from traditional textbooks, often as a result of funding from an alternate source such as an institution or foundation. OERs are available for free use by students.
The library can search for possible OERs for you to use and provide you with options -- fill out the research project request form to let us know what you are looking for (put a note in the "topics desired" field that you would prefer an OER).
If you have any questions about using OERs in your classroom, contact the library. We can provide additional information about OERs, the benefits of using OERs and how to properly use them.
Using Kanopy Streaming Videos
The library provides access to streaming videos through Kanopy. The videos must be requested in advance by faculty to be authorized for use in a course. Videos can take up to 72 hours to authorize.
To request a video, find the video on the Kanopy site and try to play the video. If the video plays, the library already provides access. If the library does not have access, you will see a form to fill out to request access. You can see what videos the library provides for use in courses on the Courses Using Library Videos page of this guide.
Access to Kanopy films is only provided to support curriculum and research needs of the University community -- see the library's standards for Kanopy Streaming Video at https://www.franklin.edu/learning-commons/about-the-learning-commons/policies#node-53373. Log in with your Franklin University credentials - no Kanopy account is required. Kanopy may show you a page where you can create an account, but you can click the "skip" button.
Additional Affordable Learning Resources
Here are some additional resources which support affordable learning.
The library belongs to OhioLINK, a consortium which provides an A-Z list of course materials which include materials that "are Open Access, Open Educational, [or] OhioLINK licensed resources" which are available at "no cost to Ohio higher education students."
Many of the databases available through the Franklin University Library contain materials that can be used in courses at no cost to students. (** Check with the library to ensure the license permits the use. **)