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Free Online Textbooks

Free Online Textbooks - Available Now!

Free Online Textbooks Available Now 

While the EVC Library's Textbooks on Reserve are not currently available, you might find one of the following sources helpful in the meantime.

 

Note: To access these textbooks, you will need to create a free VitalSource and/or RedShelf account using your EVC email address. Students, set up your EVC email account here if you haven't done so. 

NOTE: Due to the high traffic of these resources, you may encounter issues connecting. EVC Library staff cannot provide technical support for these third party resources.

Online Textbooks, Journals, and Video Streaming

Make a VitalSource Account
VitalSource is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25th, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks.

Registration Instructions:

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com and create a VitalSource account using your EVC email address. You must use your EVC email address to get access to this resource. Studentsset up your EVC email account here.
  2. Check your email account for a verification email.
  3. Click the link in your email to finish signing up.
  4. Once you're signed in, click on the link for your book, or search for your book in the search bar at the top of the screen.
  5. Click on the picture of the book, and then click "borrow."
  6. You'll see a notification that reads "This book has been added to My Library." Click "Open Book" to read your book. There are options to print, bookmark, and virtually highlight the pages. There is also an app available, which you can learn about on the site.
  7. You're all set! Just log in to your account whenever you need access to your textbook.

 

Need help? Watch the Getting Started With Bookshelf video or check the VitalSource Bookshelf Support page for more information. EVC Library does not provide technical support for VitalSource. If you would like help accessing an EVC textbook, you can Ask a Librarian.

         

Make a RedShelf Account
RedShelf is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25th, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks. 

Registration Instructions:

  1. Go to https://studentresponse.redshelf.com and create a RedShelf account using your EVC email address. You must use your EVC email address to get access to this resource. Studentsset up your EVC email account here.
  2. Check your EVC email account for a verification email.
  3. Click the link in your email to finish signing up.
  4. Once you're signed in, click on the link for your book, or search for it in the search bar at the top of the screen.
  5. When you see your book, click "View Details."
  6. Click "Add to My Shelf" and you will be redirected to your "My Shelf."
  7. Click "Start Reading" and the book will open up in your online browser. There are options to print, download portions of the book, bookmark, and highlight the pages.
  8. You're all set! Just log in to your account whenever you need access to your textbook.

 

Need help? Watch the RedShelf Tutorial Videos or check the RedShelf Solve page for more information. EVC Library does provide technical support for RedShelf. Remember you can Ask a Librarian for help finding EVC Library materials.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is providing free access to over 1.4 million eBooks until June 30, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Note: When you borrow an eBook from the Internet Archive, it will say that it is due in 14 days. You will be able to extend the due date until June 30, 2020, so that you can have access to the eBook for the entire Spring semester. See the FAQs for more information about access.

Follow updates at Publishers.org: 

Content Updates

Follow updates at Publishers Weekly: 

COVID-19 Updates

JoVE offers free access to STEM Education Videos until June 15, 2020.

Subjects include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Science, and Clinical Skills.

Access The offer includes free access to the following resources:

  • JoVE Core – a video textbook that isolates and visually presents core concepts in Biology and Social Psychology to improve learning comprehension. 
  • JoVE Science Education – a collection of simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields
  • Lab Manual – comprehensive, curriculum focused videos for introductory biology lab courses

If needed, JoVE Curriculum specialists are available to help faculty map JoVE videos to their curriculum, also at no charge. Claire Winthrop, JoVE’s Director of Customer Success notes, “Our Curriculum specialists have extensive experience partnering with faculty on embedding JoVE videos in their courses.”  

“As the world navigates the uncharted territory of a global pandemic in the digital age, recent communications and educational technology advances will be put to a real test. What we learn from the experience will better prepare us for future challenges,” said Dr. Pritsker. 

How to Gain Free Access: Interested academic administrators, educators, and students can click here or reach out to access@jove.com to set up an account. 

JoVE Coronavirus Free Access Resource Center

The science community is working hard to address the potential health crisis brought about by the outbreak of COVID-19. To support these critical efforts, JoVE has made its coronavirus focused content and related resources freely available.

The following is a list of free video streaming resources.

Crackle

Hoopla (must access with your San Jose Public Library Card)

Tubi TV

YouTube

PopcornFlix

Vudu - Watch Movies 

 

License: CC BY 4.0

"Adapted from Glendale Community College Library Updates (CC BY 4.0)."