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Guide for Faculty: Finding Online Course Materials for the Sciences
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.
Scholarly books that are completely free to download and read, from many publishers.
Either Browse a list of titles grouped by subject area OR Search the entire directory.
Learn more about searching DOAB from the DOAB FAQ Page.
More than 2800 Open Access books covering many areas of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health including Internal Medicine, Medical Technology, Neurology, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Therapeutics.
Scholarly Ebooks from MIT press for subjects including Astronomy and Physics, General Biology, Botany, Evolution, Medicine, Quantitative Biology, Cognitive Sciences, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Information Science, Game Studies, Environment, and Science, Technology & Society.
Recent Ebooks from Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, and Columbia University Press covering subjects including Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.
Books and journals from Cambridge University Press including material for General Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Materials Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Nutrition, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics and Probability.
Collections of subject themed review articles. Traditionally, these handbooks have focuses more on the Humanities. Recently, they have expanded their scope to cover areas within Neuroscience and Earth System based physical sciences (e.g. Atmospheric Sciences, Climatology, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, and Natural Hazard Science).
Bates has access to selected online modules in Criminology, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion.
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.
"Figshare enables academics to upload, share, cite and importantly discover all manner of research outputs with the security of knowing our hosting options and platform support long term preservation of data." [Publisher's Description]
Data, including figures, are searchable by Creative Commons license type.
A high quality, open, and freely available online encyclopedia with the goal of increasing awareness and knowledge of living nature. A great source of reusable image content.
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.