Need a textbook? Short on money? Look here for help!
This UCI Libraries tip sheet suggests ways that students can save money on textbooks.
Open textbooks are high-quality college texts with an "open" copyright license allowing the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted. Open textbooks are typically distributed online at no cost and can be purchased in a variety of other print and digital formats at a low cost, including hard bound copies. Places to look for open source textbooks include:
You can learn about efforts to make textbooks more affordable here:
This page was inspired by a UC Riverside Libraries Tip Sheet on Finding Textbooks.
Thank you to Sherry Agustin for her work in adapting the information for the UC Irvine Libraries.
*The small print
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ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Online book vendors use it as an accurate and reliable way to search for a specific edition of book. Use the ISBN Search to locate the ISBN for titles you are interested in purchasing. You can also find the ISBN in the ANTPAC and Melvyl catalogs and on the bookstore's listing for coursebooks.
The Wikipedia article on ISBN's will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about about them.