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Resources for Learning and Teaching Remotely

This guide lists a few of the electronic resources that are now available to students and faculty to help with distance learning and teaching for the Spring semester

Textbooks and Reserves

Free Access to E-Textbooks from Publishers this Semester!

Please Note : McGraw Hill, Pearson, Cambridge, Oxford, Sage, Wiley, Ovid, GALE, Elsevier and many other publishers are currently opening up their collections free to students through their libraries. Some participate with the e-book platforms; Vital Source and RedShelf. Students and Faculty can register to access textbooks for free with some restrictions on these sites.  The CSI library is also including a listing of  library ebooks for Spring semester books  Check to see which resource has your textbook. Also, check for alternative textbook resources.


How do I find my textbook?

Step 1:

The library has reviewed the sites below and has come up with a list of textbooks and reserve items at the library. You can access the list here.

Step 2:

Search OneSearch for textbooks/ e-books across multiple platforms owned by the library. There are many other book e-providers, such as JSTOR, etc. found through OneSearch. Library ebook vendors such as EBSCO and ProQuest will be temporarily expanding their collection offerings temporarily during this crisis. Also, course digital textbooks already purchased will appear in your search. An alternative textbook also been complied by Acquisitions for current and new course e-books purchased throughout 2019-2020 from Student Government funding. Please review this Student Government funded e-book list as well. Please view excel sheet at bottom of the page! 

Step 3: 

If you cannot find your books, there might be other options available. Please use our Reserve Request form to find out!

Elsevier's ScienceDirect Textbooks

Elsevier's 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically will be open to active ScienceDirect library accounts or a limited period of 90 days. Users accessing ScienceDirect through the library will be able to use these books while the library is closed. A title list is provided here and will be updated. 


  • Free Access to Gale Unlimited: Gale is providing free access to their entire catalog - all of their e-Texts and online learning platforms  through Cengage Unlimited to the end of term, to any student in any class at any US college that has been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Support Transition to Online: They will be complementing  that offering with services and resources to back up educators as they change the way they teach.
  • Free Access to eBooks: Gale, like other publsihers, is participating in free eBook access programs being offered by our partners VitalSource and RedShelf. 
  • 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.

If you do not have a Cengage account, click “Create an Account > Student” and register now— we highly recommend using your school email address to register 2 Start Your Free Access . Once you have logged in, click on “Start Trial” in the sidebar B Click “Explore Cengage Unlimited” to start your access. You have full access to Cengage Unlimited for the next fourteen days. NOTE: At the end of your trial, click “Start Trial” to regain access for another fourteen days, as long as your school is affected by COVID-19!

JOVE Core Textbooks- Until June 15th!

Please access Jove Core Video Textbooks in Biology and Social Psychology.

McGraw Hill Textbooks

McGraw-Hill is offering free access to their online learning platform, ALEKS for chemistry and Math with free test proctoring resources! Faculty need to sign up individually. Read about the program and sign up at Aleks COVID-19 help page.