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Affordable Course Materials

Use this guide to help find licensed and freely available materials for your courses.

Use the Library for Affordable Course Materials

The library licenses and subscribes to millions of electronic resources, including eBooks, journals, and streaming media. Replacing your textbooks with these materials can help reduce the cost of education for your students. Their tuition pays for library resources already!

The tabs below will help you find Doane Library licensed resources you can use for your courses. Remember to always use permalinks when linking to eBooks, articles, or streaming video! Need more help? Email and we're happy to assist you!

Ebook Collections

Search for eBooks in the Library Catalog

Many Doane eBooks are accessible via the library catalog, so we recommend it as the place to get started with your eBook search. 

To get started go to the Doane Library Homepage and select "Books" in the tabs above the search box.

picture of the library's catalog search box with "Books" selected


Do a search for your keyword(s), title or author and in the left column filter Format to view ebooks. You can also add a filter by year for books published in the last 5 years.



To view the full-text of a book, click on View eBook. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the library (

Article Databases

Use library databases to search for articles you can use as course readings or your personal research. Remember to use permalinks if you assign an article as a course reading! Our A-Z database list can be filtered by subject to help tailor your search. Below is a link to a comprehensive multidisciplinary database where you might start your search.

Finding Known Articles 

If you have a specific article in mind and want to know if Doane provides access to it, you can use the Journal Finder tool, which is available from the Doane library homepage (

screenshot of library webpage with Journal Finder link pointed out


Once there, type your citation into the Articles search form.


Click Search, and the results will show you whether or not Doane has full text access to the article through any of our database subscriptions. If we DO have the article, your results will look like this:


You should be able to click on any of the View Full Text links to read the article.

If we do NOT have access to the full text of the article you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan using the link in the search results.




Streaming Video Collections

Doane librarians can help find streaming video you can use for your course. Click the following link to see our full list of audio & visual media databases: A-Z Databases: Audio & Visual Media

Remember: When including streaming video in your Canvas course, you must use the provided permalink or embed code from the database, rather than uploading the video directly to your course.

Search for Videos in the Library Catalog

You can also search for video in the catalog on the library's homepage ( by selecting the "Video" tab above the search box before you search. Results will include both streaming (eVideo) and physical formats (DVD, BluRay, etc).

catalog search box with video option selected


Curate Resources with Research Guides 

Interested in adding a Research Guide to your Canvas course? Check out the instructions below.

We don't have a research guide for your course? Not sure which research guide to use? Contact your liaison librarian for help!