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Open Textbooks

Open Textbook Collections


  • YouTube
    • Search YouTube by keyterms and try filtering by channel or “Creative Commons” license (these videos are specifically labeled for reuse).
    • Some good channels:

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

Sociology Ebooks – CSUSM Library 

Journal Articles

Consider including journal articles as required or supplemental reading for your courses. Search through our Sociology 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.

Search for Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Courseware

Free Resources


Case Studies

Hate and Extremism

This web site includes comprehensive documents on hate crimes across the USA. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports hundreds of active hate groups in the United States. This is something everyone needs to be aware of. Do you know what is in your backyard? Check it out. This is an excellent site for course assignments and or discussion in all fields of study.

Information Links

News & Events

From the American Sociological Association, on this news page see Footnotes (Newsletter), and

The Society Pages

A blog forum of current ideas and news in the profession.

Other CSUSM Library Resources

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


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