VitalSource Bookshelf

VitalSource is both a first-rate e-book reader and a tool for allowing students to Opt Out or Opt In to AutoAccess books, and to view and purchase the optional or recommended materials instructors order through the Mizzou Store. Instructors and students access VitalSource through Modules and the course navigation button that is within a Canvas site.

How can I use VitalSource in teaching?

  • Provide access to textbooks in a robust and easy-to-use reader online or offline.
  • Share annotations with students to help focus them on the most important material.
  • Analyze student reading patterns throughout the semester to help identify students who need encouragement or interventions.

What is unique about VitalSource?

  • Because it is deeply integrated into the Mizzou Store’s systems, VitalSource functions as both a stand-alone reading app, a textbook catalog, and a tool for enabling some aspects of AutoAccess for other publisher’s materials. VitalSource is an aggregator, rather than a publisher, so books from Elsevier, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Sage, Wiley and many other publishers are available through it.

Technical requirements

VitalSource is integrated into Canvas, so there is no software to install. VitalSource will run in your web browser and on almost any internet connection. Instructors and students may download offline readers for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.


Modified on: Wed, May 25, 2022 at 9:25 AM

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