Readings, Materials, and Resources

What to Include

  • What textbooks, articles, books, textbooks, documents, or other media should your students read or consult?
  • Where are they available? In Canvas, the bookstore, or online?
  • Are you offering additional resources?
  • Which ones are required? Which ones are optional?
  • Is it clear how these texts map into the individual course topics or class dates?
  • How should the students read the texts (e.g., close reading of all? skimming of some?) or use the resources?

Please be aware of the Registrar’s information regarding textbooks:

“Textbook Information.Since July 2010, federal law requires us to publish textbook information at the time enrollment opens each quarter. You may consult the Stanford Bookstore for help in complying with the law; if you use the Stanford Bookstore, students will be able to view textbook information in Axess. The Bookstore is an excellent resource for planning course packs or textbook rentals. For information on complying with the law, including links to Bookstore resources, please see:

For more information on textbook policies relating to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, please see:

Please also be aware of the textbook/course material needs of disabled students who may take your class:

According to Stanford’s Office of Accessible Education (OAE), “[t]extbook publishers are often not able to provide books in digital formats that are usable or acquired in time for a course. Publishers do grant authorization to create digital copies of traditional texts for eligible students with disabilities. However, textbook conversion is a time-consuming, labor-intensive task. Every quarter the OAE creates screen-readable text (e-text), Braille, or other formats for students.

Students need to be able to access their textbooks at the same time as others in the class. By delaying the selection of textbooks, the OAE may not be able to get material converted to an appropriate format in a timely fashion. This means students may have to start the quarter without access to their textbooks.

Affordability of and Access to Course Materials

Please include in your syllabus the following statement, and consider placing the books and materials of your course on reserve in one of the libraries.

Affordability of Course Materials

Stanford University and its instructors are committed to ensuring that all courses are financially accessible to all students. If you are an undergraduate who needs assistance with the cost of course textbooks, supplies, materials and/or fees, you are welcome to approach me directly. If would prefer not to approach me directly, please note that you can ask the Diversity & First-Gen Office for assistance by completing their questionnaire on course textbooks & supplies: or by contacting Joseph Brown, the Associate Director of the Diversity and First-Gen Office (; Old Union Room 207). Dr. Brown is available to connect you with resources and support while ensuring your privacy.

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