Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Skip to Library Help widget

Affordable Learning $olutions

The official website of the CSUN AL$ initiative.

Library Resources


On This Page: 
Find E-Books Search Databases Other Library Resources


Find E-Books at the Library

University Library has a large collection of e-books that you can use for your courses. To find e-books, you'll need to use two filters as you conduct your searches in OneSearch:

1. Under "Show Only," choose "Available Online at CSUN"
2. Under "Resource Type," choose "Books"

Screenshot of e-book filters in OneSearch

Screenshot demonstrating how to lock filters in OneSearch

Don't forget, if you need to do multiple searches, you can "lock" these two filters so that you don't have to keep reapplying them each time you search for a new term. To "lock" a filter, hover over the filter with your mouse and click on the lock symbol that appears on the left side. Once a filter is highlighted in yellow, that means it has been locked.


Once you find a promising e-book, check under "Online Access" to make sure it has "Unlimited user access."

Screenshot showing where to find "unlimited user access" note


Still not finding what you need?


Not seeing anything in OneSearch that fits the bill? Or did you find an e-book you want to use, only to discover that its license restricts user access? Don't despair! Simply get in touch with a librarian – we may be able to find you a suitable alternative, or even purchase an e-book with appropriate usage rights for your course.

Search Databases for Articles

University Library subscribes to a large number of both general and discipline-specific databases. All CSUN students and faculty have access to articles in these databases through their library account, so this is a great way to find affordable course materials. Be sure to check out which databases are specifically recommended for your subject. Browse subject databases

Librarians have also compiled Research Guides on each subject. These guides will help you navigate some of the most helpful databases for your discipline, as well as other resources and research tips. Browse Research Guides.

When in doubt, feel free to reach out to your subject specialist or to the AL$ Team


Find an article you want to use?


Fantastic! Don't forget to provide your students with the article's "permalink" to ensure the link still works when they try to access the article later. Learn more about using permalinks here

Other Library Resources

Course Reserves

If your course requires that students purchase textbooks, especially expensive ones, it's always a good idea to make sure a copy of those textbooks is on reserve at the library. This ensures that all students have a way to access required course materials regardless of their financial situation. Visit this page to learn how to put course materials on reserve at University Library


Canvas Instructional Modules

Did you know that University Library offers a number of instructional modules that you can import directly into your Canvas course? With topics ranging from information literacy to research tips to citation help, you can provide your students with resources to improve their coursework with no additional work on your part. Learn more about embedding library instructional modules






Many thanks to the creators of the following resources that inspired this OER guide:
SJSU: Open Educational Resources by College
Humboldt State University: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Creative Commons License  This website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Report ADA Problems with Library Services and Resources