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Open and Subscribed Educational Resources: For UNCA Faculty

Getting Started

Interested in Ramsey Library's subscribed ebooks and textbooks that you can use (for every student) in your classes? The 'Subscribed eBooks' tab is a great place to start. If you want to explore external repositories of open access eBooks, eTextbooks, and Scholarly Journals available on the open web, often with more extensive revising and distributing permissions, the 'Open Textbook Collections' and 'Open Educational Resources' tabs present many good leads. If something does not make sense or if you have questions, get in touch with us at the links below in the 'Get Help' box. 

Ramsey Library also provides many services aside from helping you find affordable course materials: librarians are happy to come speak to your classes about doing research and using the library, we can help your students individually with their research, we can create research and resource guides for your classes, and we have wonderful access points in the library for developing media projects (Media Design Lab, Sound Booths), creating large format prints and 3D objects (CrAFT Studio), and for developing writing skills and editing (University Writing Center). 

How Librarians Can Help you Curate Resources for your Classes

What we can help you with: 

  • Curating ebooks and quality articles available for your whole classes from UNCA's full-text subscriptions. These materials could be used as textbooks, required readings, or auxiliary resources. 
  • Verifying that the individual resources in our collection have multi-use access sufficient for your entire class.
  • Interpreting educational copyright restrictions and Creative Commons Licensing. 
  • Finding different types of articles available in full-text for your courses, including those from scholarly and peer reviewed scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, various reports. 
  • Creating straightforward directions for students to access UNCA-subscribed materials with shareable permanent links. 
  • Creating print reserves for physical books and textbooks in the library, using library holdings or faculty-member-owned books.
  • Finding open textbooks, ebooks, scholarly and popular articles, and other Open Educational Materials for your courses. These are open access materials that allow the five R's of OER: Reusing, Remixing, Revising, Retaining, and Redistributing.
  • Need help? Get in touch with us here:

Image describing 5 key characteristics of open textbooks

"5 Keys to Open Textbooks" by GW Libraries, used under CC BY license

Full Access and Archive of New York Times

NYTimes Full-text access