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Guide for Faculty: Finding Online Course Materials for the Humanities
The Library strongly encourages faculty to select course readings that have been already licensed as electronic resources. To that end, Bates librarians have created these guides to finding ebooks and other resources universally available for students to use. We are happy to facilitate your use of these resources and, if necessary, to work with you to find other materials.
Finding Ebooks Already Available Through the Library
Searching LibrarySearch+ for Ebooks
Our online collections can be searched via LibrarySearch+. Simply select the Full Text Online option in the upper left to limit to online resources.
Alternatively, you can search in the box below, which automatically limits to online only.
You can also search CBBcat for ebooks only by changing "Search Entire CBB Collection" to "e-Books."
Collections of Ebooks
We subscribe to or own a number of collections from select university presses. All of the below are also listed in LibrarySearch+.
Large collections, varied publishers
These are large ebook packages purchased by the library that cover an array of topics. Exact titles can change, please include any selected materials in your course reserves list so we can ensure access.
DOAB covers thousands of scholarly works from university and academic trade publishers made freely available online. Some specific topics are broken down below. All topics include coverage in multiple languages.
Scholarly ebooks from MIT Press, subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences.
Academic ebooks in the humanities and social sciences from the University of Michigan Press. Areas of particular focus are performing arts; classical studies; political science; American studies (especially disability and class studies); Asian and African studies.
Free self-directed language instruction focusing on everyday conversational skills. Offers Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish Irish, Turkish, Danish, Russian, Norwegian Bokmål, Esperanto, Ukrainian, Polish, and Welsh, at least.
The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC's) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings.
"The MERLOT system provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers."
Finding Resources for Multimedia Presentations
Music Licensed for Online Presentations
While there are many sources for "free" music on the web, Bates strongly recommends using Audioblocks, as the music is fully licensed for all forms of presentation, including web, for-profit broadcasting, and fundraising.
High quality production music, licensed for use in educational and campus projects. Can be searched by Mood, Genre, and Instrument. Click on "Login" (upper right corner) , then "IP Authorization" to access.
Images and Graphics for Online Presentations
All of these resources offer either Creative Commons Licensed or Royalty Free images for online projects. Make sure that the licenses allow the sorts of use intended, and adhere to individual license stipulations. It is important to check the licenses offered. Many images that are Public Domain or freely available outside the United States are still covered by US Copyright.
PLEASE AVOID COPYING AND PASTING IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET OR FROM LARGE STOCK MEDIA MARKETPLACES, AS THESE IMAGES CANNOT BE LEGALLY USED IN OPEN INTERNET PRESENTATIONS.
Creative Commons licensed images that can be incorporated into academic projects. Check to make sure that the CC license to use the material matches your needs. Also be careful that the license is actually valid in the United States. Some content may be in the Public Domain in other countries, but not in the US.
Canva is a design resource that includes a free account with limited free images and graphics. Canva Pro accounts give access to more media, but require a current subscription. Most students succeed using the free resources.
Over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Free registration required to download images. Coverage: Ancient to contemporary
Particularly strong in all areas of art, architecture, design, and illustration (including maps) but also featuring images relevant to the humanities and sciences.
How to Link to Electronic Resources
To ensure your students have off campus access to materials available from the Bates licensed ebook and film collections listed on this guide, it is important to include a proxied link that prompts for Bates login credentials.
The simplest way to do this is to use the short link available from a LibrarySearch+ search result. The video below will walk you through it.