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Check the list below to see if the library already has books for your course online, for free.

Summer 2021 ebooks

Course Ebook Title
ABUS 3052-301 The gig economy
ABUS 3510-301 Connection culture, 2nd ed
ABUS 4105-301 The self-aware leader : a proven model for reinventing yourself
ABUS 4545-301 Everyday bias : identifying and navigating unconscious judgment in our daily lives
ABUS 4545-301 My grandmother's hands : racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies
ACL 5261-001 The power of culture in city planning
ADDS 5031-001 Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists
ADDS 5041-001 Motivational interviewing : helping people change
ADDS 5071-301 Integrated treatment for dual disorders : a guide to effective practice
ADDS 5091-001 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5
ADDS 5091-001 The addiction treatment planner
ADDS 5091-002 The addiction treatment planner
ADDS 5121-001 The resilient practitioner : burnout and compassion fatigue prevention and self-care strategies for the helping professions
AFRO 3125W-001 Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement
AMIN 1003-001 Indian boyhood
ANTH 3027W-001 Europe before Rome : a site-by-site tour of the stone, bronze, and iron ages
ANTH 5027W-001 Europe before Rome : a site-by-site tour of the stone, bronze, and iron ages
CI 5186-200 Pedagogical tact
CI 5186-200 Teaching and learning from within : a core reflection approach to quality and inspiration in education
CI 5186-200 Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom
CI 5442-002 Teaching climate change to adolescents : reading, writing, and making a difference
CI 5483-001 Speaking out : storytelling and creative drama for children
CI 5530-001 Teaching high school science through inquiry and argumentation
CI 5648-004 Building academic language : meeting common core standards across disciplines, grades 5-12
CI 5648-004 The K-3 guide to academic conversations : practices, scaffolds, and activities
CI 5668-001 Teaching online : a practical guide
COMM 3204-001 Directing : film techniques and aesthetics
CPSY 5513-001 Handbook of infant mental health 4th ed
CPSY 5603-001 Handbook of medical play therapy and child life : interventions in clinical and medical settings
CPSY 5603-001 The handbook of child life : a guide for pediatric psychosocial care
CSCI 4041-ALL Introduction to algorithms, third edition
CSPH 5212-001 Moral imagination
CSPH 5212-001 Restorative justice dialogue : an essential guide for research and practice
CSPH 5226-001 The art and science of mindfulness : integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping professions
CSPH 5317-001 Healing depression the mind-body way : creating happiness through meditation, yoga, and ayurveda
CSPH 5317-001 Inside the yoga sutras : a comprehensive sourcebook for the study and practice of Patanjali's Yoga sutras
CSPH 5431-001 Integrative medicine
CSPH 5503-001 Clinical aromatherapy : essential oils in healthcare
CSPH 5522-001 The profession and practice of horticultural therapy
CSPH 5631-001 Transformative imagery : cultivating the imagination for healing, change and growth
CSPH 5706-001 Lifestyle medicine : lifestyle, the environment and preventive medicine in health and disease
CSPH 5707-001 Motivational interviewing : helping people change
CSPH 5707-001 You don't look sick! : living well with invisible chronic illness
CSPH 5708-001 Living deeply : the art & science of transformation in everyday life
DDS 6231-001 Little and Falace's dental management of the medically compromised patient
DDS 6253-001 Robbins basic pathology
DDS 6412-001 Craig's restorative dental materials
DDS 7112-001 Newman and Carranza's clinical periodontology
ECON 4317-001 The Chinese economy : adaptation and growth
ECON 4331W-001 The great escape : health, wealth, and the origins of inequality
EEB 4839-001 The mammals of Minnesota
ENGL 3006W-301 Vacationland
EPSY 5642-001 Early intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing infants, toddlers, and their families
EPSY 5647-001 Helping deaf and hard of hearing students to use spoken language: a guide for educators and families
FSOS 3426-001 Substance abuse and the family : assessment and treatment
HIST 3401W-001 Exquisite slaves : race, clothing, and status in colonial Lima
HIST 3401W-001 Indian and slave royalists in the Age of Revolution : reform, revolution, and royalism in the northern Andes, 1780-1825
HSM 4584-301 Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, 8e
HSM 4588-301 Measuring quality improvement in healthcare : a guide to statistical process control applications
HSM 6584-301 Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, 8e
HSM 6588-301 Measuring quality improvement in healthcare : a guide to statistical process control applications
IBH 6011-001 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5
IBH 6031-001 The Cambridge handbook of anxiety and related disorders
LAMP 4177-301 Robbins basic pathology
LEAD 4961W-001 Turning to one another : simple conversations to restore hope to the future
MATH 4281-001 Abstract algebra
MDI 5002-001 Forecasting & management of technology
MDI 5002-001 Foresight for science, technology and innovation
NURS 5200-001 Seidel's guide to physical examination : an interprofessional approach
NURS 6200-001 Middle range theory for nursing
NURS 6210-001 Physical assessment of the newborn : a comprehensive approach to the art of physical examination
NURS 6210-001 Supporting a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth
NURS 6210-001 The labor progress handbook : early interventions to prevent and treat dystocia
NURS 6707-001 New leadership literacies
NURS 6707-001 Strengths based leadership : great leaders, teams, and why people follow
NURS 6802-001 Cognitive behavior therapy: basics and beyond
NURS 6802-001 DBT skills training manual
NURS 6802-001 Learning supportive psychotherapy: an illustrated guide
NURS 6927-001 Integrative women's health
NURS 7105-001 Principles of health interoperability HL7 and SNOMED
NURS 7508-001 Advanced practice nursing in the care of older adults
NURS 7515-001 Bright futures : guidelines for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents
NURS 7518-001 Advanced practice nursing in the care of older adults
NURS 7900-001 Teaching in nursing and role of the educator : the complete guide to best practice in teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development
NURS 7900-002 Teaching in nursing and role of the educator : the complete guide to best practice in teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development
NURS 7900-003 Teaching in nursing and role of the educator : the complete guide to best practice in teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development
OLPD 5005-ALL Other people's children : cultural conflict in the classroom
OLPD 5005-ALL Schooltalk : rethinking what we say about and to students every day
OLPD 5324-001 Principal's guide to school budgeting
OT 7841-002 Bailey's Research for the health professional
OT 7841-002 Decolonizing wealth : Indigenous wisdom to heal divides and restore balance
OT 7841-002 Project management for the unofficial project manager
OT 7841-002 Program development in the 21st century : an evidence-based approach to design, implementation, and evaluation
PUBH 7200-105 The prescription drug abuse epidemic : incidence, treatment, prevention, and policy
PUBH 7200-105 The war on drugs : a failed experiment
ST 8662-001 (ISC)² CISSP certified information systems security professional official study guide
SW 8451-001 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5
SW 8451-001 Clinician's thesaurus : the guide to conducting interviews and writing psychological reports
TH 5183-001 Speaking out : storytelling and creative drama for children
WRIT 3029W-067 Building trust in business, politics, relationships, and life
YOST 1366-001 At-risk
YOST 1366-001 ...y no se lo tragó la tierra

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