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College Credit Plus Library Resources: Tools and Strategies for School Counselors and Administrators

Tools and strategies to support research and writing assignments that students complete as part of the College Credit Plus (CCP or CC+) program.

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Providing Your CCP Students and Teachers Access to the Right Resources for Their Research

Students enrolled in CCP courses and high school teachers teaching CCP courses as adjunct college instructors should have credentials to access the resources available to them through INFOhio and through their university library. If students or teachers are attempting to log into their university library's research resources and are unable to access them, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Work with your cooperating university to ensure that your users have and are using the proper credentials. Double-check by calling the IT department or library at the cooperating university.
  2. If your users are able to access the resources from home but not from your secondary school, your school may be blocking these resources. If this is the case, work with your school's IT department to make the university's resources available to your users.
  3. As you work to resolve any issues, encourage your students and teachers to use the INFOhio resources available to them. INFOhio provides research resources for all of Ohio's PreK-12 students and teachers.

For more information, visit the Ohio Higher Ed University System of Ohio's College Credit Plus page.

As you meet with students and parents, consider directing them to the following resources:

Textbooks

Purchasing print textbooks or licensing electronic textbooks for all students is cost-prohibitive for libraries. Therefore, most libraries, including INFOhio and most OhioLINK member libraries, generally do not purchase textbooks. Occasionally students may be able to find a copy of a course text to borrow through OhioLINK, but CCP participants should not rely on the availability of a shared copy of a textbook.

Many universities use electronic course reserves systems through their academic libraries. Instructors may be able to place a limited number of course materials on electronic course reserve for students to access freely online with authentication. Due to copyright restrictions, instructors are rarely permitted to put an entire text on electronic course reserve.

As your school works with cooperating universities to make sure students have access to the course materials they'll need, consider asking the university the following questions:

  • Do your instructors use open access course materials and open educational resources like the textbooks in the Open Textbook Library
  • Do your instructors allow students to use old editions of textbooks?
  • How often do your instructors tend to change course textbooks?
  • Do your instructors place course materials on electronic course reserves? If so, what do students need in order to access those materials?
  • Do your instructors place physical materials on reserve in the academic library that our students would need to visit the library in order to access?

The following list of textbook vendors may help you determine where you can find affordable textbooks:


Textbook vendor list compiled by Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University

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