Coursepacks, a collection of course readings, activities, notes etc., are an excellent alternative to a textbook. Instructors can choose specific readings for students from a variety of books and journals. Curating a collection of readings allows the instructor to include a variety of sources and formats, allowing for representation of more view points. From a student perspective, coursepacks provide a more focus than a textbook and are a cost-savings.
Coursepacks are sold through the bookstore on a cost-recovery is basis.
Copyrighted material can be used in a coursepack if the complies with the Fair Dealing Policy, or with the specific and recorded permission of the copyright holder.
For digital delivery a reading list can be built within D2L, using persistent links to library licensed resources (journal articles or ebooks).
Persistent links (also called permalinks, stable URLs, or document URLs) point to specific articles, journals, e-books, or searches from library research databases. They allow authorized users to access learning resources either on or off campus. Persistent links can be used within teaching materials, SharePoint, D2L, email or reference lists.
Best practice is to use the most direct link available (i.e. from the publisher or database) when providing links to your students.