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Resources for Learning and Teaching Remotely

This guide lists a few of the electronic resources that are available to help students and faculty in the distance learning environment

Textbooks and Reserves

Access to E-Textbooks from Publishers

Please Note : For the upcoming Fall 2020 semester, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Cambridge, Oxford, Sage, Wiley, Ovid, GALE, Elsevier and many other publishers are approaching access to their collections differently than Spring 2020. Please follow the instructions below and use the Textbook Q&A for guidance. The Library's Reserves/ Circulation unit is currently closed.  Please use the Reserve Request Form to request digital versions of print materials.  While the Library will do our best to provide access to digital versions of traditional print textbooks, e-textbook licenses are typically unavailable for Library's to purchase. Please read our statement here.  


Step 1:  An e-textbook list been complied by the Library for course related e-books that have been purchased from Student Government funding. Please review the Title List of e-Textbooks currently available on specific library platforms. It will be regularly updated as new e-textbooks become available. 

Step 2:  Use OneSearch to search for textbooks and other e-books across multiple platforms that are owned by the Library or freely available as Open Access titles. There are many book vendors that provide institutional access to multiple users at the same time including platforms such as EBSCO, ProQuest, Gale, and Rittenhouse. There are also Open Access titles in platforms such as Project Muse, JSTOR, and Springerlink. For more information, please visit the Library's E-Book Guide

Step 3: If you cannot find the e-textbook you wish to assign, there may be other institutional options available. Please use our Reserve Request Form to request help identifying these options. Please also check out Open Library under the Open Access and Openly Digitized textbook drop-down tab, on this guide. CUNY is actively contributing 800,000 print items and the CSI library, close to 45,000 print items at this time.  

Step 4: If you want instructor's access to the digitized version of your publisher text, please reach out directly to the publisher and/or the CSI Bookstore for continued access on publisher e-commerce platforms. Some are offering free access with a paid copy or an instructor's registered course. A listing of some of these platforms are below.


As a faculty member, I need to teach remotely this semester and want to make sure the textbook I assign for my course is available in e-format. What can I do?

You can go through the same protocol as described above to see if we currently own or can get your course materials in e-book format. Due to the issues discussed in our Textbook Q& A, it is best that you work with the library prior to making your textbook selections in order to find other options available to you. Many faculty are switching to OER Textbooks than can either be created by the faculty or by adopting using OA resources or library ebook resources.  Please see the library’s OER Guide and the primary contact for OER at the CSI library. You also can refine your OneSearch by filtering your results Open Access (OA) resources with the Resource Type as ebooks (filter facets on the right hand side). We have also listed many Open Access Resources for books that you can search on your own on the library’s Ebook Guide.  

Some Publisher Platform Options for Faculty and Students

These options are usually available to a student who has already purchased a print textbook from the bookstore or via faculty who have placed orders via the campus bookstore. Please contact the vendor directly about these options or the bookstore. The library has no part in setting up these types of digital access through these platforms because they involve individual purchases and/or faculty registering their course.  The platforms can many times integrate with Blackboard.

These e-commerce platforms are listed below...   

GALE Unlimited/ CENGAGE Textbooks

  • Access to Gale Unlimited: Access is now through your individual books purchase, bookstore or instructor. 
  • Course Management System. There are numerous Gale products that have unique links that can be easily integrated into a CSM. Please contact your subject librarian if you want the following collocations provided by NY State permanently included as apart of the CSI library's collections. See list.


To Log-in or Create an Account. Go to or this link.  If you already have a Cengage account, log in instead.  You may already have a Cengage account if you have taken courses through MindTap, WebAssign, SAM, CNOWv2 or OWLv2.

McGraw Hill Textbooks

McGraw-Hill offers access to their online learning platform, ALEKS for chemistry and Math. Faculty need to sign up individually. Read about the program and sign up at Aleks help page. 

Cambridge TextBooks

Higher Education from Cambridge University Press is a new site that ensures content and services relating to our textbooks will be available in one place. This will include textbooks, supplementary materials for students, and resources for instructors. Along with these 80 titles, more titles will be added throughout the next several months, until more than 750 textbooks will be available online. Please visit the site here.