EBooks: A New Chapter in Studying

Imagine not having to carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders – a backpack full of heavy books. Instead, you can carry just one device and have all your textbooks accessible with the tap of your finger.

EBooks, a convenient, digital version of your heavy textbooks, are an eco-friendly way to consume your class materials without wasting paper or hauling extra pounds to class. In addition to going green, you can organize all your eBooks onto one digital shelf and never have to scramble before class again.

CourseSmart, one of the most popular apps for eBooks, is available on iOS® and Android® devices, Kindle Fire®, as well as any web-enabled device. You may not be able to stay focused and read full chapters on a screen as small as your iPhone®, but viewing your eBook on your phone can come in handy while riding the bus or last-minute cramming before a test.

There are other benefits to studying sans paper and pen; here are a few tips to help you become proficient with CourseSmart eBooks.

Easy-to-navigate Layout

At the top left of the screen you will find a tab for the outline, table of contents and a search option. To the right, you will find print options and a jump-to-page option. The features are displayed at the top of the page and will help you navigate your eBook with ease (see below). 


Simple Search Function

Instead of flipping through chapters to find a certain topic, you can search within a page, chapter or entire book – making studying and writing papers easier with this faster and more convenient topic locator. The search box shows you how you can narrow down your results and highlights the terms in just one click.


Highlighting and Note Taking

You can also highlight sections and make notes to yourself without permanently inking up your textbook. Notes appear to the right of the text to click on whenever needed; however, you may find that writing terms down on an old school notebook may be better for memorization. Electronic notes are a great feature, but deciding which note-taking strategy is best for you depend on your writing and typing speed, as well as how you prefer to review notes. To make electronic notes, simply select a section of the page and a box appears for you to highlight, copy or write a note for that section.


Convenience, cost and environmentally-savvy factors considered, eBooks are on the rise.

“We had over 35 courses with eBooks last summer quarter, and we had an 80 percent adoption rate of the eBooks,” said Stella Coker, Rasmussen College SUPPORT+ Resource Center Manager. “We have additional courses this fall, and I am looking forward to seeing if the adoption percentage holds, increases or even declines.” As a Rasmussen College student, the eBooks are available on the student portal, and the Personal Support Center is open to any student who needs assistance.

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