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Affordable Course Content @ JMU


JMU Libraries Collections

Library resources can also be a more affordable way to provide curated and accessible course content. Keep in mind that these are not free or open resources. JMU Libraries subscribes to licensed, copyrighted content for faculty, student, and JMU community use. There may be Digital Rights Management (DRM) limitations on the number of concurrent users, and our subscriptions are subject to change. Contact your Liaison Librarian for more details.

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

Looking for affordable content for your courses? JMU instructors can click here to authenticate (you will need your JMU e-ID and password) and search the 200,000+ titles from the Virtual Library of Virginia's (VIVA’s) shared library collections, open textbooks, and ebooks available for purchase.   

Contact Liz Thompson ( for details about using VIVA's Faculty Textbook Portal.

Connect students to JMU Libraries' resources through your Canvas courses

Simple step-by-step instructions are available on the Connect the Library to Canvas site on how to 

  • collect and use persistent links to articles, databases, and journals,
  • link to streaming videos, and 
  • embed the Libraries' search widget

Collaborate with Liaison Librarians

Liaison Librarians provide recommendations for Affordable Course Content like library-licensed resources and items that fall under fair use. Liaisons offer research and assignment support and can help locate OER in your discipline. 

Liaison Librarians are also your point of contact for library services, materials, instruction, and collaboration. Library liaisons' are primarily responsible for representing and supporting academic departmental interests through...

  • Purchasing books, e-books, and streaming media
  • Providing library instruction sessions to support student research projects
  • Consulting with student and faculty researchers
  • Creating subject or class oriented course guides to direct students to library materials relevant to their research interests and assignments
  • Finding or creating learning objects to support information literacy
  • Working with faculty to develop assignments that incorporate critical thinking and information literacy concepts

Contact information for librarians can be found on each individual Research Guide or on the list of Liaison Librarians. We also provide chat reference service, which may be of special interest to online learners. Look for an icon on the library homepage like this: