- McGraw Hill
- Oxford University Press Canada (Textbook Division)
- Elsevier imprints (especially in veterinary and health science) such as:
- Elsevier Health Science
This means that in courses that utilize textbooks by these publishers, students will not have any alternative access to the textbook content unless they purchase it.
Despite this, GMU library staff are dedicated towards making course materials as accessible to students and working with instructors to explore and identify alternatives for course materials, including:
- Using an existing e-book in the relevant subject area from the library’s e-book collection or requesting that the library purchase one. There are many academic e-books that aren’t considered textbooks, and are therefore available for the library to purchase. To explore these options, we suggest consulting with our subject librarians.
- Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors.
- Creating e-reserve requests through the Mason Reserves Team by:
- Posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of the content, subject to copyright limitations. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair dealing guidelines.
- Linking to content from the library’s existing collection of electronic resources (e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials) or acquiring new content whenever possible.
- Student’s requesting Intercampus article requests through Interlibrary Loan by:
- Posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of the content, subject to copyright limitations to their ILLiad account. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair dealing guidelines.
Efforts will be made to secure online materials that are free from digital rights management restrictions (DRM) in order to ensure easy student access. Please note, DRM includes limits on the number of users that can access a resource at any one time, as well as limits on copying, printing and downloading. If you notice the Libraries have an ebook you need, but only with a limited number of users permitted, contact us to see if there is an unlimited access option available for library purchase.
Instructors who request print materials for the fall 2020 semester will be contacted so alternative options can be identified. Any instructors teaching a fall course are also welcome to contact the library at any time for support with sourcing their course materials.
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