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What is the Textbook Alternative Program?

The Textbook Alternative Program is an initiative by the University of Maine to help students manage the cost of college by using online resources (textbooks, journal articles, etc.) that are free and open to students in place of often expensive textbooks.  This guide provides information about resources that may be used by faculty members in place of commercial textbooks.  (For more details about this program and its history at UMaine, visit this news item.)

By visiting the tabs above, you can access:

  • Open Textbook Resources:  Online libraries, databases, and websites that provide access to textbooks that are available for free access, use, and download.
  • Open Multimedia Education Resources:  Online databases and websites that contain multimedia content (interactive materials, quizzes, videos, video lectures) that can be used as course materials.
  • Other Open Online Resources:  Other online texts and multimedia that could be used in course materials.
  • Build Your Own:  Information and resources that could be helpful in creating one's own material to replace a textbook.

Fogler Library Resources

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