- College Open Textbooks – Political Science
Nine free, open access textbooks are available from College Open Textbooks.
- National Academies Press – Industry and Labor
All of the books on the National Academies Press site are available as freely downloadable PDFs. Listed price is for delivered paperbacks copies.
- Intro to Research Methods in Political Science
CalPoly Professor John Korey offers a free web-based textbook on Research Methods in Political Science that includes links to statistical data to be used with SPSS.
Open Textbook Collections
- Search YouTube by keyterms and try filtering by channel or “Creative Commons” license (these videos are specifically labeled for reuse).
- Tip: try searching YouTube by the title of your favorite journal publication to see if that journal also produces a YouTube channel.
- TED Talks
- A collection of TED Talks and playlists a variety of topics. Browse topics here.
- Khan Academy
- lecture videos from 1-30 minutes in length
- Films for Action
Films For Action has cataloged over 1,500 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online. These films address social, environmental, and media-related issues.
Over 19 million free and re-usable images from around the world.
- 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 leaveÂ at leastÂ 1 week of lead time for processing these requests.
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
Consider including journal articles as required or supplemental reading for your courses. Search through our political science 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.
- MIT Open CourseWare – Poltical Science
MIT offers over 100 open courses covering political science topics. Includes re-usable lecture videos, problem sets and exams. Especially excellent in international relations and comparative politics with an orientation toward issues of public policy both domestic and international.
Other CSUSM Library Resources
More information about finding and using library resources can be found on the Political Science Research Guide.
Have a good idea for a free resource? Tell us about it! Email your subject specialist.