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Faculty Library Guide: eBooks & OER

Guide to effectively using library resources and services at HIU.

eBooks & OER

eBooks at HIU

The Darling Library has thousands of eBooks available - none of which require a special eBook reader.

eBooks may be found by searching our Discovery Service or by going directly to each of the provider's sites.

Glossary of Terms

New online educational resources are picking up steam not only with online instructors but also traditional on-ground professors. What does it mean to have a DRM free resource? What is OER? Here are some important terms to understand when choosing online readings for students.

  • eBook (electronic book) - a book publication in digital form. 
  • eBook readers - devices for reading eBooks (such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook) designed to allow reading of specific proprietary eBook formats.
  • DRM (Digital rights management) refers to access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works.
  • DRM-Free eBooks with unlimited access to users with no restrictions on printing, saving, or copying.
  • OER (Open Educational Resources) are teaching, learning and research materials that are freely accessible for use, adaptation, and redistribution with little or no restrictions. (UNESCO)

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. (Wikipedia 3/19/2020)