About Resources


A resource is any additional resource that accompanies an eTextbook such as a website (i.e. Cengage Brain, Pearson MyLabs, etc.) and is set up and maintained by the publisher. Ancillary resources are traditionally files coupled with a textbook: Powerpoints, audio files, PDFs, and more. Courseware resources are traditionally access codes on third party websites.

Obtaining a Resource 

There are several ways you may obtain a resource:

With Purchase at the VitalSource Store - If you purchase a book at the VitalSource store that has an accompanying resource, you will be able to view the book in the Online bookshelf. If the book contains a Resource it may be listed in the eBook description.

CourseSmart Migration - If you had auxiliary materials that accompanied your book with your book, these may have been migrated over to your VitalSource account.

Institution Provided - If you are attending an institution that provides your eBooks, then please contact your institution's support to find out if resources are available for your book.

If your book does not include a resource, please contact the publisher for more information on purchasing an eResource.

Accessing Resources

When a book has an accompanying Resource, you will access this through the online VitalSource Bookshelf® eTextbook platform:

Step 1 - Sign In to Bookshelf Online

Step 2 - Click VST_User_Hub_Icon.png in the top-right corner to access the User Hub drop-down menu


Step 3 - When one or more of your eTextbooks have an accompanying Resource, Resources will be an available option. Click Resources



Step 4 - The Resources page will list of any eTextbooks that have accompanying materials. To go to the page that contains the access code, click on the link beside the book


5. For resources listed under Access Code, click Reveal Code to view an access code. An access code is a password you use to access course content online. Once you reveal a code for an item, you will not be able to return it. 


Problems with Access Codes for Resources

Access code already revealed

If you encounter an "Access code already revealed" error and you do not recall accessing the code, please contact VitalSource Support.

Questions about accessing Resources

Questions about using Access Codes, accessing Resources, the contents of Resources, exchanging Resources, and problems with access-protected Companion Materials should be addressed to the publisher in question.

The links below will take you to each publisher's support site:


Cengage Learning

Mc-Graw Hill


Bedford, Freeman, Worth


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