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Course Materials for Students: Getting Started

Information to answer students' questions on textpaks, simulations, books, and other course materials.

What Are Course Materials?

Course materials are readings, URL Links (video or website) or textbooks, assigned by your professor, whose costs have been bundled together for ease of payment. Please continue to read about each option below for more information

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Collections of short readings, in PDF, that your instructor has assigned. These might be:

  • Articles
  • Single book chapters
  • Business case studies

These PDFs are stored in a Study.Net site. This Study.Net site is then integrated into your course Canvas site, so you can always read your assignments right in Canvas - no need to create a separate Study.Net account!

As a result, the standard format of a coursepack is that digital "bundle" or "collection" of PDFs. You will always get a digital version of the Study.Net coursepack, no matter how you pay. An official bound, printed version is available as an optional add-on, but it is usually not required.


Entire books that your instructor assigns. These might be:

  • Printed books, such as:
    • Introduction to Finance, 5th edition
    • The Tipping Point
  • eTextbooks with, publisher's software (Which are accessible in Canvas sites), such as:
    • McGraw-Hill Connect
    • Financial Reporting, 10th edition, with MindTap
URL Links

These redirect you to other tools that do not fit in a coursepack or textbook. They can redirect you to:

  • PDFs of individua case studies or articles
  • Simulations, role-playing exercises, or other digital learning tools(Your instructor will provide access instructions.)
  • Time-sensitive readings for special projects or exams.
  • Websites or instructional videos.

How to Purchase the Coursepack : Digital Version

Visit your Canvas site and click the Study.Net tool on the left toolbar. Does the Study.Net content appear right away? or do you see a message asking you to make a purchase?

If you see the Study.Net content...       


If you see a message like this...


This coursepack has been purchased with a fee included in your tuition. If you see this, please purchase with a credit card. action is needed! You may begin reading right away.

If your Canvas site looks like the one above, your coursepack has already been purchased and added to your tuition as a "course fee." 

...please follow the prompts to purchase your digital readings with a credit card.

If your Canvas site looks like the one above, you must purchase the readings with a credit card before you can read them. (It is sort of like a paywall.) After you complete  the purchase, the readings will appear automatically in the Canvas site.


How to Read and Use the Digital Version

Return to the Study.Net tool in the course Canvas site to read, download, and save the PDFs.

We strongly recommend downloading the PDFs as soon as you can. This ensures that you will have a copy available Canvas or Study.Net service is interrupted, which means you would not be able to access the PDFs through a browser.

How to Purchase the Optional Printed Version

The official bound, printed version of the digital coursepack - called a TextPak - is usually an optional add-on (but check your syllabus: Some instructors require a printed version!). It is considered "optional" because:

  1. Each TextPak is shipped to your home address, so you must allow a few business days for it to arrive, and 
  2. You can always print individual PDFs from the digital coursepack at any time, using your own home printer or a printer in the Ross building. The entire printed TextPak is not your only option for a "hard copy" of the readings.

If you would like a TextPak, though, you must always purchase it with a credit card as an "add-on" to the digital version. (TextPak prices are never added to tuition.) The way you purchase a TextPak will depend on how you purchased the digital version:

If the digital version automatically appeared in Canvas...

...that means the digital version was included in your tuition, but the printed version is not.

Please follow the directions below  to order a printed version:

If you purchased the digital version with a credit card... have two options for purchasing the TextPak:

  1. Purchase it at the same time as the digital version, by adding it to your Study.Net e-commerce "cart."
  2. Purchase it later in the term. Please refer to the document above, How to Purchase Printed TextPaks.

How You'll Receive the Printed Version 

Your TextPak will be shipped to your home address within two business days by USPS. You will receive email confirmations when your purchase is completed, and when the TextPak ships.

Please email Study.Net's Customer Service staff at if you have any questions about shipping.

TextPaks are not stored at the Kresge Library, so we will refer you to Study.Net's Customer Service if your TextPak is delayed or lost.

How to Purchase and Access Textbooks

Always check your syllabus, or contact your instructor, to learn where to purchase your textbooks. Your professor may want you to purchase a particular edition from a particular marketplace, or the textbook might already be available in Canvas because you paid for it with your tuition.

Was the Cost Added to Tuition? It's on Your Canvas Site.

Your course's Canvas site might host a digital textbook if your instructor selected this. 

  1. These are digital-only and are known as e-Textbooks.
  2. They may include access to the publisher's "platform", or proprietary software, that accompanies the book.
  3. Click the publisher's link (Such as McGraw-Hill Connect) on the left sidebar to access.
  4. The price of eTextbooks like these have been added to your tuition, so no "out-of-pocket" purchase is necessary.

Is a Credit-Card Purchase Required? Browse the Campus Bookstore.

The Barnes & Noble Campus online bookstore stocks most textbooks - in a variety of formats - and offers options for purchase or rental. All options require payment with a credit card; the prices of these textbooks are never included in your tuition.

How to Find a Low- or No-Cost Option

(If your instructor allows them!)

Always check your syllabus, or contact your instructor, to learn where to purchase your textbooks. Your professor may want you to purchase a particular edition from a particular marketplace.

However, If your instructor has no preference, you can purchase the book from Amazon...or try these lower-cost options

Option 1: Browse the University Library

The University Library may have a digital or printed version. Please use the tool below to browse the library's inventory (known as a "catalog").

If you find an e-book you like, be sure to read the instructions carefully! Some e-books are only available to "one concurrent user," which means you'll have to log off before another classmate can open the book. (For this reason, we don't recommend instructors tell an entire class to use one of the Library's e-books.)

University of Michigan Library
Catalog Search

If you have a title to a book you would like to retrieve, copy and paste the title to the search box below. If you see the title in the results list, look for the "Available online" link in the record. This will take you directly to database where you can access the full-text. Note: Some databases require a one-time registration to access the full text. If the book is in print format at the University Library, look for "Get this" link to request that it be sent to Kresge. You will be authenticated as a UM user and will be given options on how to get it and where to have it delivered.

Option 2: Borrow From Another University's Library

Complete the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to content from another library. You can request a single chapter or article in PDF, or an entire printed book!

You'll receive an email when the chapter or PDF is available, or when the book has arrived at UM and is ready for you to pick up.

Option 3: Ask the UM Library to Purchase the Book

The library might add the book to its inventory if you request it! 

Just complete the Purchase Request Form to get started.

Option 4: Ask Your Instructor to Consider Lower-Cost Alternatives

The Kresge Library has lots of no-cost or lower-cost options for textbooks and learning materials! If your instructor is interested in these, they can learn more by: 

  1. Contacting a Kresge Librarian who specializes in (or is a "liaison to") the instructor's discipline or subject area..
  2. Reviewing the No-Cost Alternatives page on the Course Materials for Faculty Guide.