Information about the textbooks used in your course can be included in a course area. Both Digital and Print books can be added and you must list them as Required or Recommended.  Typically the textbook is assigned in the same content area where the syllabus can be found. 

To add a textbook within your course

  1. Access the content area where you want the book selection(s) to appear.
  2. Hover over Assign Textbook. The drop-down menu will have two options: Search and Manual Entry.

To search for Textbook

  1. Select a Search category from the drop-down list: ISBN, Title, Author, or Subject.
  2. Enter relevant information into the Keywords field that corresponds with your Search field selection (ex: book title if searching by title).
  3. To further narrow the search, select the Type of book: Digital, Print, or All.
  4. You can also select a Currency. Blackboard will display cost of text in search results. 
  5. Click Go when you have provided all necessary information.
  6. The results screen will be displayed. From the list of search results, click Select.

  1. This will take you to the Create Textbook page. Enter required information and set options as needed.

  • Textbook Information: Select whether the text is Required or Recommended.  Add description (optional).  Add URL (optional).
  • Options:  Set View, Tracking, and Time/Date options as needed.

  1. Click Submit to add textbook to the content area. 

If your search does not return the needed result, point to Assign Textbook on the Action Bar and select Manual Entry Textbook from the drop-down list.

To add a Textbook manually 

  1. Fill out the Manual Entry Textbook form.
  • Textbook Information: enter a Title for textbook and a notation as to whether the text is Required or Recommended.  All other information in this section is added to help your students find the book online or in stores.
  • Textbook Image:  You may attach a file (usually the cover image) from your computer or the Content Collection.  This is also optional.  If no image is attached, an "Image Not Available" placeholder will appear next to the Textbook Information. 
  • Options:  Set View, Tracking, and Time/Date options as needed.
  1. Click Submit to add textbook to the content area.

Successful Textbook Assignment

Using either method, a successful textbook assignment should look something like this: