During the 2014-2015 academic year, Kennedy Library will be conducting a pilot with the University Store to compare the list of adopted course textbooks with library ebook holdings. Kennedy Library will publicize the matches, making these resources available for students to use in their courses.
Databases for DRM-free e-textbooks
Below you will find databases that include DRM-free e-textbooks. DRM-free means that anyone with a Cal Poly login can download the book in its entirety and keep it forever.
JSTOR is a full-text database of back issues for scholarly journals as well as eBooks, primarily in the social sciences and humanities. eBook content reflects current scholarship in most cases while journal content starts with volume one, but because JSTOR is an archival database, the most recent 3-5 years of journal issues are not available in JSTOR.
New content alert! The library has recently purchased a large collection of eBooks in the areas of literature, history, and sociology.
ScienceDirect hosts thousands of high quality peer-reviewed journals and e-books primarily in the fields of science, technology, and health. The site also provides full-text access to a modest number of e-textbooks.
SpringerLink hosts thousands of high quality peer-reviewed journals and e-books in the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, business & economics, social sciences, architecture, food & nutrition, and environmental sciences. Recently added Palgrave content includes a large number of titles on humanities and social sciences topics, particularly in media & culture, theatre & performance, language & literature, education, religion & society, and political science & international relations. The site also provides full-text access to many useful handbooks and textbooks.
Wiley Online Library provides full text access to high-quality, peer-reviewed journal and e-book content in agriculture, business, engineering, medicine, psychology, the sciences, social sciences, and other disciplines.
New content alert! The library has recently licensed a large collection of eBooks in the areas of engineering, physical science, environment science, agriculture, aquaculture, food science, and veterinary medicine as well as a collection of Blackwell Companion reference titles in the humanities and social sciences.
Databases for DRM e-textbooks
Below you will find databases that include DRM e-textbooks. Digitally Rights Managed textbooks do carry certain restrictions. (The restrictions vary by platform. See the E-books Guide for information about specific platform restrictions.) Even though their are limitations on their use, many DRM e-textbooks can easily be used as course textbooks.
EBSCO's eBook Collection offers scholarly and reference books as well as literary classics. All available titles may be read online in PDF format; some may also be downloaded for limited periods for offline reading (users must create a free EBSCOhost account before downloading).
Safari Books Online provides access to professional books on topics including UX design, leadership, project management, teams, agile development, analytics, and core programming. Cal Poly has access to a specially-tailored subset of several thousand titles from Safari Books Online’s overall content.
Provide easy access to our library's licensed content for your students in PolyLearn wherever they are! The Proxy Link-Maker Tool allows you to create links so that your students can access the resources from off-campus. Scroll down to "Additional Tools" for access to the Link-Maker Tool.