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Suggested Course Material Submission Dates:

Fall - June 1
Winter - October 1
Spring/Summer - March 1

How to use McMaster's
Adoption System

Frequently Asked Questions

McMaster's Course Materials Adoption System is used by Faculty, Department Coordinators and Course Materials Buyers to coordinate and communicate information related to course materials (both textbooks as well as other non-book texts).

If you need assistance with or have questions regarding the online adoption platform, please contact the Course Materials team at ext. 21913 or d-bktext@mcmaster.ca.

  1. How do I get a login?
  2. How do I re-adopt textbooks used in a previous term?
  3. Can I use this system to add coursepacks?
  4. Can I use this system to add supplies (lab coats, calculators, sketchbooks, etc.)?
  5. How will I know if there is a new edition?
  6. How do I know the price?
  7. My book does not appear when I do a search. Can I still add it?
  8. My course/section is not listed in your system. What do I do?
  9. Things to consider when making your adoption.

1. How do I get a login?

If you are a faculty member and do not already have a login, please contact your department coordinator or email the bookstore course materials team.

2. How do I re-adopt textbooks used in a previous term?

Simply reenter the ISBN of the title that you previously used. You are also given the option to notify the bookstore that it is okay to use new or previous editions. You can also change the required/optional status of the material as per necessary.

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3. Can I use this system to add coursepacks?

Yes, there is an option to indicate you wish to use a coursepack. All the same procedures regarding custom coursware are still applicable (see coursepack FAQ's).

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4.Can I use this system to add supplies (lab coats, calculators, sketchbooks, etc.)?

Yes, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to include all the materials you need in one convenient location.

5. How will I know if there is a new edition?

This system allows you to search directly from “Books in Print” which shows you the most recent edition. Once you have submitted your book, it will be reviewed, validated, and confirmed by the Course Materials Team.

6. How do I know the price?

The system will give you an estimated price based on the most recent data from “Books in Print”. All pricing for newly added materials will be confirmed by the Course Materials Team (sometimes we can get an old edition or a specially discounted price from our publisher/distributor partners).

7. My book does not appear when I do a search. Can I still add it?

Yes you can manually add an ISBN, title, author (this would be for special custom editions, packages, etc.)

8. My course/section is not listed in your system. What do I do?

Our system is fed from data provided by our Registrar's Office. If your course does not appear in our system, please contact your department and inform them.

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9. Things to consider when making your adoption.

  1. Used copies.
    If the book hasn't been out of print long, we may be able to find adequate quantities of used copies.
  2. Placing copies on reserve in the Library.
    If the context of the course allows placing textbooks on reserves may be an easy solution and will also save your students money. They can photocopy portions of the book (up to 10% without breaking copyright law) for their own personal use.
  3. Reprinting the book.
    Getting permission to do this can be a convoluted process, or it can be relatively easy. We pay the copyright holder royalties that then are added to the cost of printing, and we sell them at a small mark-up in the ampus Store. Unfortunately this often costs about the same as the "real" book and it has no resale value.

    If you would like to investigate reprinting a textbook please contact our Custom Courseware Department

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