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Faculty: Update on Free Books / Scanning Course Materials


Dean of the College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7166


Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Dear Colleagues,

As we march closer to the start of classes, I know you will be pulling together course materials with special vigor. At the same time, abiding by the "stay-at-home" directive can make things harder. I would like to highlight an update to the "Going Online" Recommended Resources page and advocate on behalf of a scanning tip mentioned there as well.

Free Course Materials are available.

Free Cengage Books
For US colleges experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester,

Free textbooks available until May 25th on RedShelf
Supported through the Knox Bookstore: https://www.bkstr. com/knoxcollegestore/home
The bookstore is also shipping books for free.

Free Cambridge textbook ebooks
Re-opened as of 3.26.2020. This collection was closed due to inappropriate use, but the site is now back with new rules. The Library is working on ensuring our access, so if you see something useful in the Cambridge catalog, it might be available.

Oxford University Press's free online tools for instructors

Many library vendors have expanded their offerings too. See the Library Additional Resources page.

Scanning Course Materials and Tip:

You should always try to get requests for scans of course materials to your administrative assistants as soon as possible. The "stay-at-home" directive impacts administrative assistants, too. Therefore, it is important to provide as much advance notice as possible so they can address your request.

Another option that works well for scanning a book or article is no further away than your phone or tablet. Through apps like Adobe Scan, Scanner Pro, and others you can polish off an article scan quickly and save the PDF to Google Drive directly. 

As Robin Ragan notes, writing on PDFs is a simple way to get comments on student papers without some of the complexity of the Moodle Assignments function (which is good for many things).

Best wishes,

"Going Online - Spring 2020" web site

Michael A. Schneider
Provost and Dean of the College

Knox College

Printed on Tuesday, September 22, 2020