Your subject librarian can help you to find OER and also recommend appropriate library subscription materials.
The Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) Textbook Portal is a tool for searching several core OER repositories, open access books, about 400 DRM-free library subscription ebooks, and DRM-free academic ebooks for purchase. It is based on the EBSCO Faculty Select product. Given the decentralized nature of searching for OER and the need for some courses to look to library subscription ebooks, the Textbook Portal could serve as a useful place to begin looking for materials for your course. As most of the ebooks are academic books rather than standard textbooks, this tool may be especially useful for specialized and upper-division courses for which OER is less abundant.
The Textbook Portal uses the same underlying system as the Library Search (aka, Library Catalog or Discovery Search), and there is some overlap in content. The Textbook Portal, however, will not include non-DRM-free ebooks from our EBSCO ebook and ProQuest Ebook Central collections, many of which are available with unlimited user access making them usable as course materials. There are also several major OER repositories that are not included. Use the Textbook Portal as a first step, but do fill out our OER/Affordable Learning Interest form or notify your subject librarian for a more comprehensive search.
When you fill out the form to adopt a book, it will send a copy to us. For open textbooks and open access books, you can download the book via the links provided, but it is helpful for Affordable Learning Upstate to know you have adopted the book. Requests to purchase DRM-free ebooks will be routed to the resource selector for your discipline, who will consult with you.