Library Research Guide
There are a number of alternatives to traditional textbooks including open textbooks and alternative textbooks.
Open textbooks are similar to traditional textbooks but are open in that the user (students, instructors) do not pay to use the books. Most open textbooks are digital and can be read online. Some allow downloading and printing.
Alternative textbooks is an umbrella term that covers many variations on the traditional textbooks. You may already be using alternative textbooks. They include:
You can create your alternative textbook by linking to or embedding materials from K-State Libraries' books, journals, and databases or from websites providing access to materials that are open access or in the public domain.
A longer list is available through K-State's Center for Advancement of Digital Scholarship's Resources to Find Open Textbooks.
The following resources are limited to current K-State students, faculty, and staff; require sign in with K-State eID and password
See our list of databases with videos. Some databases include videos, such as methodology videos for labs, other databases focus on documentary or popular films.
Two of our databases require titles to be specifically requested: Kanopy and Swank. Requests can take a few days to a few weeks to be processed. A longer time frame can occur with Swank due to volume of requests.
Once one instructor has requested the title it is available to all K-Staters.
The K-State Libraries subscriptions to Kanopy and Swank can be access from our Databases list.
Instructions for embedding videos in Canvas are provided on in the "Embedding in Canvas" section of this guide, specifically the box titled "Instructions & Tips."
Kanopy -- place your request from within Kanopy; when you click a title we do not currently have access to, a form appears to request access.
Films in our other databases can be watched right away. Some databases marked as including videos also include books, journal articles, and other materials.
See our complete list of databases with videos.
*Academic Video Online and March of Time are two of six video databases that we subscribe to on the Alexander Street Press platform. When looking for instruction about using these databases, information may be listed under Alexander Street Press.
Watch parties can be accomplished by embedding or linking to our videos in Canvas and scheduling a start time for the film. Everyone in the class will be starting and stopping the film for themselves. Thus far, we have not determined a way for the instructor to control playing the film for the whole class without violating copyright. (If you know of a way, please let us know!)
The discussion can take place using:
If you are showing a film outside the Canvas/classroom environment, please see our Film Showings and Festivals guidance.