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Student-centered guide to assist students in using different resources for acquiring textbooks, from ILL to OER options.
Weighing your textbook options
Online Bookstore at Millersville University
Possibly cost, except now they have a "price match" guarantee
Used copies more readily available
Longer arrival time, easier to order wrong book
Free, easy to access
Hard to find the right version of what you need, harder to read
From their website:
"Textbooks are no long stocked on campus. They must be purchased online and shipped to campus for pick up at the University Store."
How to buy used & new textbooks online
McNairy Library does not officially endorse any of these providers. We are facilitating access to information. As information consumers, students are responsible for comparison-shopping and evaluating their options.
From the Project Gutenberg website:
"Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers."
Find a wider range of resources, like calculus textbooks. Please keep in mind that the particular book your instructor has assigned is key. The easiest way to find the *exact* book needed is to use the 13 digit ISBN number, the number above the barcode.
Request full-text articles, chapters/sections of books, books, and conference proceedings. Look for the green squirrel when you're in a library database to request items. Articles usually arrive within 2 business days; books and other physical items typically arrive in 5 business days.