Students can find out about textbooks and materials, including instruction about obtaining the materials, for classes through a number of resources:
- What Students see in Course Guide (visit Course Guide at http://mycourseguide.wisc.edu)
- What Students see in Student Center and Class Search (Visit Student Center in the My UW-Madison portal http://my.wisc.edu)
- Course Resources module in the My UW-Madison portal (http://my.wisc.edu): a textbooks link appears when the instructor has provided textbook information.
Here are some resources and information for students about purchasing textbooks for UW-Madison courses:
- Campus-area bookstores (http://registrar.wisc.edu/textbooks_local_book_stores.htm)
- Instructor e-mails sent shortly before classes begin: some instructors will e-mail the syllabus to enrolled students, which may list course materials and required textbooks.
Textbooks can be expensive. Below are some cost-saving alternatives. Students should be sure to purchase the correct textbook edition. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the 10 or 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books published internationally, is included in the textbooks listings if the instructor has provided it.
- Look early for used copies (sources include ASM Textbook Swap http://www.asm.wisc.edu/textbook-swap.html, and local bookstores that buy back textbooks).
- Consider renting through a local bookstore or an online textbook rental site.
- Shop online. Please note that these are private companies not affiliated with or endorsed by UW-Madison.
- Campus libraries have copies of many course texts available for short-term loan (including high-cost textbooks funded with support from the UW Foundation Parent Fund). Check the libraries' website for details: http://library.wisc.edu/reserves/
Students may also be required to purchase course packets, lab equipment, and/or art materials. These items are available at campus or local stores.