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Course Materials

The library can help you find relevant resources, use eReadings, find open education resources, advise on etextbooks, support program evaluation reviews and new program and course compliance statements.

Contact the Digital Readings Service (DRS) to organise eReadings for students:

eReadings are online resources that make up a reading list for a specific course.

Readings can include extracts from books, journal articles, websites, streaming videos, and many other media. They can be natively digital or copied from a print resource.

eReadings provided by DRS can be easily accessed by students via course pages on LearnOnline. The Course Essentials box contains an eReadings link to a list of all readings registered with DRS for that course. If your course uses an ebook as a textbook, it can also be added to this list. Alternatively, eReadings can be accessed by searching the Library Catalogue for the course code in quotation marks (e.g. "BUSS 1057") or by using the advanced search Course Reading function.

To create or modify a reading list for your course, please contact DRS via the links above.

Our service includes:

  • locating requested resources in the Library's collections
  • checking whether print resources can be digitised
  • maintaining links to readings and repairing any faults
  • ensuring all readings are accessed in compliance with copyright law

The Library can only maintain links to online resources provided through DRS. We have no ability to maintain links embedded elsewhere on course pages, and cannot guarantee that these links will work consistently.

All online course materials containing copyright protected works must be registered with the Digital Readings Service to ensure that the University does not breach copyright legislation. Please contact the University Copyright Officer for more information.

Access to digitised material is only available to University of South Australia staff and students.

Open Education(al) Resources (OERs) can be used freely by both educators and students, without any need to pay royalties or licence fees.

Learn more about open education resources and how they can support your teaching using our Online Learning Resources Guide.

Program Evaluation Review

The Academic Library Services teams can help you prepare for Program Evaluation Reviews or external accreditations by providing detailed information about the training, collection strengths, resources and other services the Library delivers for specific programs.

Library Impact Statement

  • The Academic Library Services teams will prepare a Library Impact Statement that assesses and reports on the implications of new programs or changes to existing programs
  • The Library requires 10 working days from receipt of the program documentation to complete Impact Statements
  • The Statement will cover the electronic resources required and any other support services such as training
  • Costings for establishment and recurrent requirements will be provided


Contact your Academic Library Services team to request either of these services.

Find out more about Etextbooks and how they can enhance your course using our Teaching with ebooks guide.

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