Open Textbooks

  • An Introduction to Nutrition / Zimmerman & Snow / 2012
    This open access textbook covers the basics of nutrition, from achieving a healthy diet to chapters on lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • “Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the yearlong Human Anatomy and Physiology course taught at most two- and four-year colleges and universities to students majoring in nursing and allied health.” Available through Openstax College.


Open Textbook Collections


  • YouTube
    • Search YouTube by key terms and try filtering by channel or “Creative Commons” license (these videos are specifically labeled for reuse).
  •  Videos through the CSUSM Library
    • Select “Books & More” tab and use these limits: Full Text Available Online and Audio Visual.
    • Library Media Reserves, including Video on Demand option (allows you to stream videos to CSUSM students). Keep in mind that you should leave at least 1 week of lead time for processing these requests.
  • Orthopedic Assessment Methods
    Dr. Scott Sailor (Cal State Fresno) created videos on several tests used to determine the type and extent of injuries.
  • A playlist of 90 Ted Talks regarding health and medicine from premier specialists.
  • This collection of “crash course” videos run about 10 minutes each and cover a range of topics in Anatomy & Physiology. Excellent for introductory courses!
  • Physical Education Videos
    This collection of seven videos from the Dallas County Community College District are available free from iTunes. The videos demonstrate lower body workouts, upper body workouts, and a cardiorespiratory endurance test.
  • Exercising Advocacy: Some Personal Ideas and Experiences
    This lecture by Prof. Timothy Noakes discusses the role of science in assisting the rise of South African cricket and ends with the story of Lewis Gordon Pugh’s swims in the Antarctic and Arctic including his epic 18 minutes (1km) swim at the North Pole in June 2007.
  • Mouse Activity
    From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, this 30-second video compares the activity of a normal mouse to one with a mutation in a key gene controlling obesity.


Ebooks in the Library

The CSUSM University Library has an extensive collection of ebooks on a variety of topics. To find what’s available:
  • Go to the University Library homepage
  • Choose “Books and More”
  • Enter keywords and search
  • Use the limiters to narrow by “Full Text Online” to ensure all results can be accessed directly from your computer
  • Limit by “Books” to filter out journals and media

Journal Articles

Consider including journal articles as required or supplemental reading for your courses. Search through our kinesiology databases for articles. Just be sure to direct students to the article by permalink (or static URL) rather than posting the PDF directly in your Cougar Course. This will ensure two things: 1) that we are complying with copyright and publisher restrictions, and 2) that our journal usage is counted (this allows us to justify maintaining our subscriptions).

This page provides examples illustrating how to find permalinks in the Library’s databases.

Please contact your librarian if you are still unsure of how to find the permalink.


Open Courseware

  • MIT Open Courseware
    MIT offers open, online courses in SCUBA, Tennis, Weight Training, Archery, Fencing, Sailing, and Physical Intelligence.
  • Sport Media and Culture: Who’s Calling the Shots?
    From the Open University, this course looks at the role played by the media in sport and how this has changed with the development of internet and satellite TV.


Other CSUSM Library Resources

More information about finding and using library resources can be found on the Kinesiology Research Guide.



Have a good idea for a free resource? Tell us about it! Email your subject specialist.