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Student's Guide

Student's Guide to Course Materials

WHERE DO I GET MY BOOKLIST?

Your booklist is available as soon as you register for classes on AccessPlus. Just click “View Complete Textbook List” and your booklist will appear. Textbooks and course materials can be ordered directly from your booklist plus you can compare your textbook
prices with Amazon and other popular online retailers.

HOW DO I GET MY TEXTBOOKS?

Early Bird

Early Bird Textbook Reservation is the easiest way to get first opportunity on used books. Select items from your booklist online, we pull the books, you pick them up when classes begin. It’s fast, easy and free. Hurry, the early bird program is only available for a limited time.

Online

Login to AccessPlus and click on “View Complete Textbook List”. Add the course materials you wish to purchase. Input the address where you would like to receive your delivery and complete your payment information.

In-Store

Do you like to pick out your own books? Go for it! We are open 7 days a week for you to stop in and shop for your course materials. Our textbooks are shelved alphabetically by author for your convenience.

HOW MUCH WILL MY BOOKS COST?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including your book preference and major. Some majors may need more lab or art supplies so that number could differ. Last semester, students who reserved their textbooks spent an average of $400.

ISN’T IT TRUE TEXTBOOKS COST MORE AT THE BOOK STORE?

Not at all! In fact, we’re so confident in our competitive pricing, we allow you to compare textbook prices with Amazon and other popular online retailers right from our website. It’s super easy! Saving students money on textbooks is important to us. Our price comparison tool is so convenient you’ll want to tell all your ISU friends.

WHO DETERMINES WHAT BOOKS ARE NEEDED FOR MY CLASSES?

Your instructors choose the specific book and edition that will be used for your classes. Encourage your instructors to re-use the same book or an old edition next semester to help keep textbook prices down.

WHAT IS THE RETURN POLICY ON TEXTBOOKS?

Students have the first week of classes to return textbooks for a full refund. Even better, during the second week of school, if you have dropped a course, you can still get a refund. You must have your receipt and be sure the books are in the original purchased condition.

HOW DO I RENT MY TEXTBOOKS?

Whenever possible, we offer new and used books to be rented rather than purchased. This allows you to rent a textbook for a certain amount of time and return it at the end of the rental period, which is at the end of the semester. Rental textbooks must be returned in good condition with no damage done to the book and minimal marks inside. Students can rent their textbooks in-store or online.

WILL I NEED EBOOKS?

Possibly. There are a few different types of digital course material options at ISU: standard eBooks, access codes, or inclusive access. Digital course materials are still a new technology in the textbook world. An eBook doesn’t exist for every book...yet. We are constantly working with publishers to expand digital course materials available. All digital course materials at ISU are accessible through browser based applications.

WHAT IS AN ACCESS CODE?

An access code is a password you use to access course content online, similar to a software license. The content depends on the course, but can include things such as practice exam questions, interactive videos to help you understand course concepts, and course assignments. If your professor requires you to purchase an access code, it is because at least part of your grade will be related to and/or come from the online content.

WHAT IS INCLUSIVE ACCESS AT ISU?

Inclusive access is a new textbook model that delivers digital course materials at a significant savings off the market value of the traditional textbook. If your faculty has chosen to use Inclusive Access for any of your courses, details will be posted in your booklist in AccessPlus. Students will receive access to the digital course materials on the first day of class and the charge will be automatically billed to the student’s university bill (U-Bill). Students can always request to opt-out and receive a refund within the first 10 days of class (5th day of class for partial semester courses).  Click here for more information about Inclusive Access materials at ISU. 

WHAT ELSE WILL I NEED FOR MY CLASSES?

There are courses that may require or recommend materials other than textbooks. Some of those items include coursepackets, Top Hat classroom response technology, blue books, school, art or lab supplies. We’re a one-stop-shop so you can get everything you need in one place!

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY COURSE MATERIALS AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER?

Digital items are yours to keep, but most will probably expire after a specified period of time.

Rental books are due back during finals week. Don’t forget. Otherwise, you will be charged for the replacement cost of the book.

If you purchased your books, either new or used, you can keep them or sell them back to the book store during buyback no matter where you bought them.

Buyback is a chance to sell your books for cash! It takes place every day in the store, but you get the most money during the end of the semester buyback. Yep, we pay you cash, up to half of the purchase price of your books!

ISU STUDENTS SAVED $3.4 MILLION ON THEIR FALL 2016 TEXTBOOKS!

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