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Find a mix of free and CSUSM library licensed alternatives and supplements for your course material and textbooks.

Open Textbooks

  • BookBoon
    BookBoon provides textbooks in Finance, Management and Organization, Marketing and Media, and Strategy. The books can be downloaded for free but do contain some minimal advertising.
  • Flat World Knowledge
    Flat World Knowledge titles sell for $19.99 and students have the option of ordering a print version of the textbook. Topics covered include Accounting & Tax; Business Communication; Business Law; Finance; General Business; Information Systems; Management; and Marketing.
  • University of Minnesota Open Academics
    This collection of e-textbooks includes books on accounting and finance, business and management, computer science, economics, and math and statistics. The books are openly licensed, complete, and suitable for adoption. There is also a paid option for students who want to get a print edition.

 Media and Videos

  • YouTube Education: Business
    This is a large collection of educational videos pulled from YouTube. The business topics include finance, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing, globalization and much more.
  • Business Source Complete
    The Business Source Complete database contains a collection of 55 videos from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series. To search them, open the database and click on the Business Videos link on the right.
  • Kahn Academy — Finance and Entrepreneurship
    Kahn Academy offers short videos on entrepreneurship as well as finance and capital markets. (Scroll down to the Browse Our Library heading to find the links.)
  • Ted Talks — Business

Case Studies available via the library for student use

ABI/Inform Complete.  Use the advanced search and limit to document type:  Case Study

Business Source Premier.    Use the Advanced Search Option and limit to document type “Case Study”  find 1000s of case studies.

Ebooks in the Library

The CSUSM University Library has an extensive collection on a variety of topics.

Business Expert Press

Practical, concise course readings and reference materials that span the business/management/economics curriculum and offer an alternative to high-priced textbooks.
Hundreds of short texts on business fundamentals, widely adopted by business schools around the country.

Safari Books Online 

Technical how to books on many technology related topics in computing and business

Open Access Courses


  • MIT Open Courseware
    MIT’s Sloan School of Management offers an extensive collection of online courses. Course format generally includes, lecture videos, interactive concept quizzes (solution key), problem sets, terms and definitions, suggested topics and links, and exams (with solution key).
  • able for adoption. There is also a paid option for students who want to get a print edition.

MSU GlobalEdge International Business Course Modules

  • GlobalEdge Online Course Modules for International Business
    These modules focus on issues pertinent to international business and include a case study or anecdotes, a glossary of terms, quiz questions, and a list of references when applicable. Subject areas covered include: Doing Business In; Culture; Exporting; Market Research and Entry; Functions; Legal Aspects; Agricultural Business; Institutions and Trade; Microfinance; and Entrepreneurship.

The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Following is the list of online business courses the Foundation offers. You can mine these courses for their syllabi and readings or use entire online units.

Foundational Business Courseware

BUS101: Introduction to Business

Core Program

BUS103: Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS105: Managerial Accounting
BUS200/ECON101: Principles of Microeconomics
BUS201/ECON102: Principles of Macroeconomics
BUS202: Principles of Finance
BUS203: Principles of Marketing
BUS204: Business Statistics
BUS205: Business Law and Ethics
BUS206: Management Information Systems
BUS208: Principles of Management
BUS209: Organizational Behavior
BUS210: Corporate Communication

Elective Courses

BUS300: Operations Management
BUS301: Human Resource Management
BUS303: Strategic Information Technology
BUS305: Small Business Management
BUS306: Advertising and Promotion
BUS401: Management Leadership
BUS402: Project Management
BUS403: Negotiations and Conflict Management
BUS404: Risk Management
BUS501: Strategic Management

Search for an open educational resource

Use the ISBN of your current textbook to find free alternatives

CSUSM Library Resources for Business see your library business librarian, Ann Fiegen, afiegen@csusm.edu, 760-750-4365


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