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.
Make a VitalSource Account
VitalSource is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25th, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an account.
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.