About Resources

A resource is an additional resource that accompanies an eTextbook, such as Ancillaries, Access Codes, and Print on Demand (POD). These resources are created and maintained by the publisher.

  • If you purchase a book with an accompanying Resource, follow the steps outlined below to access the Resource.
  • If you are attending an institution that provides your eTextbooks, then please contact your institution's support to find out if a Resource is available for your book.
  • If your book does not include a Resource, please communicate with the publisher for more information on purchasing a Resource. 

Note: Not all eTextbooks have accompanying Resources.

Accessing Resources

Available Resources are accessible from the VitalSource Account Center. Follow the steps below to access the Account Center from any of the Bookshelf® Clients:

Accessing Resource in Bookshelf Online
  1. Log into Bookshelf online at
  2. Using your mouse, click the ‘Account Settings’ icon in the top-right corner to access the User Account menu.

  3. Click on the "User Info" option.
  4. Selecting this option will take you to your Account Center: User Info.

  5. Select "Resources" from the list on the left.
  6. Select the Resource option that came with your eTextBook.
Accessing Resource in Bookshelf Mobile (iOS, Android, and Kindle fire):
  1. Tap the Main Menu button on your mobile device. 
  2. Tap the My Account button. Your account information will populate in a new window.

  3. Tap the Main Menu button again and then Tap on the Resources button.

  4. The Resources page lists any additional resources the publisher has included with the eTextbook you have in your account. It can also be the way you will access your eTextbook directly from the publisher's site.

Accessing Resource in Bookshelf Desktop (PC + Mac):
  1. Click on the Account Menu, then click on My Account.
  2. A new browser window will open with your account information displayed in the Account Center.
  3. Select "Resources" from the list on the left.
  4. Select the Resource option that came with your eTextBook.


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