Faculty Select has been added to Dugan Library resources to aid faculty who are interested in using free open educational resources (OER's) in place of traditional physical textbooks to lower costs for students enrolled in their courses. While OER's are gaining in popularity and content, faculty should be aware before searching that relevant texts may be challenging to locate. Faculty Select is intended to help focus the search and provide links to incorporate in Canvas courses.
Faculty may even find it optimal to select more than one OER textbook and incorporate chapters or selections from multiple books to best meet their needs for a particular course.
In addition to searching for OER textbooks, faculty may also opt to search a selection of unlimited DRM eBooks to use as an alternative to physical textbooks through Faculty Select. Unlimited DRM means that an unlimited number of users may access a single book online through a link that is provided to you when the eBooks are purchased.
The information below includes demonstration videos for searching for OER's and unlimited DRM eBooks, written instructions and, most importantly, the link to NU's portal to begin searching. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the staff of Dugan Library for assistance.
Access Faculty Select.
For the best search experience, we recommend using: Firefox, Internet Edge or Safari. Chrome is not supported for use at this time and may not allow you to connect with the resource. If Chrome is your default browser, you may need to right click on the Faculty Select link and copy the URL into an alternate browser.
You will need to keep in mind that you can either search for OER textbooks or eBooks for purchase; they should not be searched concurrently. Because the main purpose for faculty select is to take advantage of OER's we recommend that those are searched prior to eBooks. If you are already familiar with a text and would like to see if it is available as an eBook, feel free to do so.
Searching for OER's:
Searching for DRM free eBooks for Dugan Library to purchase: