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Book Locator Tips

Can't find your textbooks for an LSU Independent Study course?
You've come to the right page! Due to a change in edition or simply low inventory, it is sometimes difficult to find the textbooks you need at the bookstores listed in the bulletin and on this site. However, there are several other textbook sources available to you.

Remember to include the bookstores listed in your study guide in your search. These LSU-area book vendors maintain an inventory of the correct editions of the specific books required for our courses, and they can ship books to you anywhere in the continental US. They often have used books available, and may provide better buy-back values than you can get elsewhere. Each store is owned and operated by a private vendor, not by LSU (even the LSU Bookstore, which is operated by Barnes and Noble). Please call or e-mail these stores about book availability, because the online listings sometimes do not reflect up-to-date inventory.

Critical information for online searching

ISBN
Edition
Year of publication/Copyright year
Textbook ancillaries
Online Book Vendors

Critical information for online searching
The course fact sheet on the LSU Independent and Distance Learning Web site has all the textbook information you need to do an effective online textbook search. When you locate the correct book, all of the information (author, title, edition, publisher, year, ISBN) should match what is on the fact sheet. Often the first author is the only one listed in the online databases. Check titles carefully; some authors write more than one book published in the same year. The most important pieces of information to have are the ISBN, edition number, and copyright year.
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ISBN
ISBN: The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique 10-digit number assigned to each book to allow ease of ordering from any source: your local bookstore, online book dealers, or directly from the publisher. A different ISBN is assigned to the hard cover and paperback editions of the same textbook. If you decide to search for a book online, use the ISBN first and then check the edition number before you buy. The ISBN is usually printed on the back cover of a book, near the barcode, and is always found on the copyright page.
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Edition
You must use the edition number specified in the study guide and on the fact sheet, unless there is a note that other editions are acceptable (for example, the words "any edition" on our fact sheet). Using the wrong edition will cause problems that could affect your grades. If the edition is not listed in the online information about a book before you buy, check it directly with the vendor if the site allows you to ask the seller a question.
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Year of publication/Copyright year
The year of publication may vary from the copyright date published in LSU Independent and Distance Learning course materials, because most college textbooks are made available as preview editions as much as a year before the official copyright date. If a book has the right ISBN and edition, it should be the right book, even if the year listed is the year prior to the copyright date.
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Textbook ancillaries
Be especially careful when you are seeking an ancillary item, such as a workbook or lab manual. Sometimes workbooks are listed under the first author of the textbook, or sometimes under the name of the actual workbook author. Many vendors have these items cross-referenced to the textbook. In a list of used books, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the workbook and the primary textbook without contacting the vendor before you buy.
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Online Book Vendors
If you have trouble with an online vendor, you will need to resolve the problem directly with the vendor. LSU Independent and Distance Learning cannot assist you with making an exchange, getting a refund or resolving a dispute. You are responsible for obtaining the correct textbook, using the information in your course study guide and our online information. If you purchase the wrong book from an online vendor, all regular LSU Independent and Distance Learning policies regarding time limits, refunds, and transfers still apply.

Buyer beware: You should be aware of return and buy-back policies when you purchase any textbook. LSU Independent and Distance Learning has no relationship with any of these sites; we are simply providing you with information that was correct at the time this list was compiled. Feel free to e-mail us the name of any site that you think should be added to or removed from this list. You can e-mail us at
isPublish@outreach.lsu.edu.

Click here for a list of links to Web sites where we have often found hard-to-locate textbooks. Following each link are tips to help you successfully navigate each site.
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