The best ebook link to provide library users is the link created using the library catalog.
Click on the correct ebook in the results list to navigate to that ebook's entry in the catalog. Scroll down to locate the "permalink" button (between "View It" and "Details"). Click on the permalink button to generate a link to be shared with students.
If you require a direct link to the ebook, however, individual platforms will have slightly different directions on how to create such a link. Please contact the Open Educational Resources Librarian for additional information.
Please be aware that if the publisher changes their ebook URLs that the links you generate from individual platforms may stop working.
We do NOT recommend copying the URL in your browser as it may not include the information needed to access VCU materials off-campus, or it may be unique to your session and, when shared, may no longer work.
Linking to an ebook in your course site helps students connect with the resource. You have three options when linking to an ebook in Canvas; you may use the Redirect Tool app to add the ebook to your course navigation, add as a Module link, or simply add the permalink as an external URL on a Page.
For each option, use the URL/permalink generated in the above box, "Creating a link to library ebooks."
The images above show the dialog box presented in step 5 first and example inputs for steps 6 to 8 next.
The image above shows the dialog box presented when adding module content in Canvas with the example inputs for adding an ebook.
Using the permalink, use the same method for adding external links using the Rich Content Editor on a Page of your choice.
The image above shows the dialog box presented when adding a link in Canvas.
According to the VCU Textbook Adoptions and Sales Policy, all "faculty shall submit textbook and course material adoption information to the respective university bookstore." Universal reporting to the bookstore
Due to both the policy requirement and the additional benefits, VCU Libraries recommends reporting textbook adoptions to the bookstore, even for texts which are freely available, including library ebooks and OER. However, for those freely available books, you should include a note alerting your students that a free version exists.
Barnes & Noble @ VCU now uses the Barnes & Noble Adoptions and Insights Portal to report adoptions. This site draws from a number of publisher databases to assist you in easily locating the correct text. Make sure that you share information about what format (e.g. print/ebook) you recommend students obtain if you have a preference.
If you're using an OER or other text that you can't find on the site, reach out directly to the bookstore for assistance. Alternatively, for OER, you can also indicate that no book is assigned, but add a note to the alert students that a book actually is required, although it is free.
Whenever there is a free version of your course material available, VCU Libraries strongly encourages faculty to add a note in the Barnes & Noble interface. Letting students know a free version is available
Notes can be added through the Adoptions and Insights Portal or by contacting the bookstore directly. The note will appear alongside the book listing on the Barnes & Noble site.
Sample notes include: