Friday, April 10, 2020

Open Access Guide: Free Access to Ebooks and More

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You've searched Morgan Discovery (the E.M. White Library Catalog), Ebook Religion, and Ebook Collections. The book you're looking for isn't available electronically.  Check out the new Open Access Guide. Four sources from it to access ebooks freely are described below.

Important Note: The resources listed below are not really open access resources (OA has a specific definition); they are paid subscription services that have been made free, open access during the pandemic.

1.  EBSCO eBook Academic Collection- LPTS community

A larger collection of eBooks than the Religion eBook Collection to which the library subscribes.  Covers popular and academic topics including:  Arts & Architecture, Biographies & Memoirs, Body, Mind & Spirit, Business & Economics, Children's & Young Adult Fiction, Children's & Young Adult Nonfiction, Computer Science, Cooking, Crafts & Collectibles, Education, Engineering & Technology, Fiction, Health & Medicine, History, Home & Garden, Humor, Law, Literature & Criticism, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Reference, Religion, Sciences, Self-Help & Family, Social Sciences, Sports & Games, Study Aids & Language Learning, Travel, and True Crime.  Available through June 21.

2. Redshelf Responds - Students only

Redshelf Responds is an initiative with publishers that allows students in qualifying institutions and our Seminary is qualified, to borrow up to SEVEN (7) textbooks for free! Available through May 25, 2020.

3. VITALSource - Instructors, Students

Like Redshelf, this is another source that is assisting students and institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; VitalSource® and leading publishers have expanded free access to digital learning materials to higher education students throughout the U.S. for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. .Redshelf appears to have more of the books in the subjects of our Seminary, but the VitalSource advantage is that it also allows instructors (and others) to also borrow. Additionally, VitalSource has books by the American Psychological Association which may be of interest to our MFT learning communities. Available until May 25, 2020.

4. National Emergency Library, an initiative of the Internet Archive  - For Everyone

This is a collection of over 1,386,000 books i.e. over a million books and growing daily, that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

Consult a more complete list of reliable open access sources for accessing ebooks in the E.M. White Library Open Access Guide <>  

Questions? Need help? Contact the Library Online Help Desk: Email library  at lpts dot edu