Using RedShelf E-Textbook

Beginning in 2018 Term 5, Stratford University will be changing e-book textbook providers from VitalSource to RedShelf. RedShelf is a leading provider of e-textbooks throughout the United States.

Note: Recommended browsers when using RedShelf are: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge. IE is NOT supported. Ipad must be running IOS10+ to access RedShelf e-books.

Note: The textbooks that you currently access through VitalSource will remain available to you through the VitalSource website: for as long as the license of the book. There will no longer be a Moodle class link to your VitalSource textbook. Please remember to sign into VitalSource with your Stratford email.


You will be able to access your RedShelf textbook through the RedShelf E-textbook image 1 link found in your Moodle class as well as directly at the RedShelf website.

On RedShelf’s course page, each e-book will display the course cover, title of the e-book, author for the e-book, days remaining for access, and (2) buttons that allow the user to view book details or start reading.

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Clicking on the View Book Details image 3 button provides a summary of the e-book features.

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Clicking on the image 5 button will take the user into the e-book. Once you have accessed your e-book, you will be able to highlight items, take notes, make flashcards, etc. While RedShelf is available online, there is no support app.

Navigating your RedShelf e-book

Navigating in RedShelf is similar to any other e-book reader you have experienced. There are options to move forward and backward, go to a specific page, search for a term, open a menu, zoom in and out and scroll through the pages.

In the top left hand corner are the menu, search, and page number icons.

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In the top right hand corner are the zoom in, zoom out, and bookmark icons.

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To the left and right and in the middle of the page are the left and right icons to move forward and backward between chapters.

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The menu image 10 icon will provide options to use for accessing the content.

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To search for a term or phrase in the e-book, click on the magnifying image 12 icon and type in a term or phrase.

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To move to a specific page, type the page number in the page number image 13a icon and click on the Go button

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Click on the + (zoom in) or – (zoom out) icons to increase or decrease the font size on the page.

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When returning back to the RedShelf e-book, a pop-up will appear allowing the user to continue reading where they left of previously.

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Citations, Flashcards, Bookmarking, Highlighting, and taking Notes

Users do have the ability to lookup up the definition of an active term. For example, the following term image 17 can be clicked on and a definition will appear from the e-book’s glossary.

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Flashcards, bookmarking, and taking notes are done through a pop-up.

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To highlight text, click the left mouse button and drag the pointer over the text. The text will automatically highlight the text in the default color of yellow.

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To change the highlighting color, click on one of the colored circles.

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To add a note to the highlighted text, click on the pencil icon image 22 or Note image 23 option. A popup box will appear to the right of the text. Type in your text and click the Save button. Access to highlights are available through the main menu.

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A dot, the same color as the highlighted text will appear to the right of the highlighted text. Access to notes are available through the main menu.

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To add a flashcard, click on the flashcard image 26 icon or Flashcard image 27 option. A pop-up will appear giving the ability in which deck to place this flash card. The highlighted text will be located in the front side box and the user will enter the back side text into the backside box. Click the Save Flashcard image 28 button when done.

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A message will appear in the top right hand corner.

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If a citation is required (MLA format only) for the highlighted text, click on the citation image 32 icon or the citation image 33 option. A pop-up will appear with the MLA citation and the link. Click the Copy Citation image 34 button to add it to a document.

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Note: Stratford University DOES NOT use MLA citation. Stratford University uses APA format which is under development.

To delete a highlight, a note, or flash card of highlighted text, click on the highlighted text and the click on the delete image 36 icon or the delete image 37 option.

Note: Clicking on delete will remove all items (highlight, note and flashcard) all at the same time.

To create a bookmark, highlight the text and then click on the bookmark image 38 icon in the top right hand corner. A bookmark image will appear to the left of the text. Access to bookmarks are available through the main menu.

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Accessing the Main Menu

Items that have been bookmarked, highlighted, made into a flash card or noted can be accessed through the main menu. Each has an option on the main menu with clickable links to each item. The Study guide is a compiled list of all the bookmarks, highlights, flashcards and notes.

The table of contents (TOC) menu option will expand allowing the user to click into a clickable items that will take the user to the next chapter or page.

Collaboration menu provides the ability to share highlighted text. Print and Offline menu options will provide limited access to printing and viewing content off line based on the vendor’s specification.

Listed below in an example of the main menu.

The menu image 40 icon will provide options to use for accessing the content.

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The TOC is a menu option that will allow the user to view the TOC and then go to any chapter or page in the e-book by clicking on one of the TOC entries.

To access the TOC:

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 42 icon
  2. Click on the Table of Contents menu item
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  3. Click on an entry to go to that place in the e-book. To go back to the Main Menu click on the left arrow in the top blue row. To close the main menu click on the X in the top right row.
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  4. Clicking on an entry with a right arrow will expand the entries in that section. For example, click on Part 1 Introduction
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  5. Then click on 1 What is Organizational Behavior?
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  6. Then click on Chapter Review
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  7. Click on an entry to go to the page
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To access Bookmarks menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 48 icon
  2. Click on the Bookmarks menu item
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  3. Click on a bookmark entry and the system will take you directly to that place in the e-book.
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To access Notes & Highlights menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 51 icon
  2. Click on the Notes & Highlights menu item
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  3. Click on the page number or right arrow available for entry and the system will take you directly to that place in the e-book.
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To access Study Guide menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 54 icon
  2. Click on the Study Guide menu item
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  3. Click on the entries that you would like included in the study guide. Clicking on the Select All option will place all highlights and notes in the study guide.
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  4. Items displayed based on the chosen entries.
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To access Flashcards menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 58 icon
  2. Click on the Flashcards menu item
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  3. Click on either Study by Chapter option or Study by Deck option to get access to the saved flashcards. Note: When the flashcards were created, the flashcards were saved in the Default deck. Click on Study by Deck image 60 button.
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  4. Click on the Default (2) option and any of the (3) filter options and then the Study Flashcards image 62 button
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  5. Read the flash card and then click on flashcard to flip the flashcard and see the answer. Use the left and right image 64image 65 arrows to go through the flashcards.
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  6. Click on the image 68 edit icons to show the edit image 69 and delete image 70 icons. Click on the image 71 to indicate your level of confidence with this flashcard:
  7. image 72 - high confidence
  8. image 73 - midiumconfidence
  9. image 74 - low confidence (system automatically marks low confidence)

Note: Once the user sets the confidence level on the flashcards, the user can then filter the view of the flashcards by the confidence level. Using the Sort by confidence filter will display all red circle then yellow circle and the green flashcards. Using the filter Hide learned cards will remove all the green circle cards from the display.

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To access Collaboration menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 75 icon
  2. Click on the Collaboration menu item
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    The collaboration menu will allow the user to view notes done by others as well as share their notes.
  3. Subscribe & View requires the user to obtain a code from another user.
  4. Click on the Subscribe & View image 77 button.
  5. Enter in a code given to you be another person.
  6. Click the Subscribe button
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    The user will now see the highlighted text of others. This may be helpful when a group has divided the chapters to review and each group member highlights and make notes based on the lecture.

To Share Notes Under Collaboration Menu

  1. Share My Notes is an option that allows the user to share their highlights and notes with other.
  2. Click on the Share My Notes image 79 button
  3. Enter in a group name
  4. Click on Start Sharing button
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  5. The system will return the group code to share with others.
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  6. Clicking on the image 82 icon will highlight the code that is copied to the clipboard so that you can paste the code into a text or email to send to user you want to share your highlights with for class.
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To access Print menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 84 icon
  2. Click on the Print menu item
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  3. The publisher determines the percentage of pages a user can print. The first section will display the percentage that can be printed, the percentage that has been printed and what percentage is still available for printing.
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  4. Click the Create New Print image 87 option to print pages from the e-book.
  5. Enter in the start and end page number image 88 or click on the print entire section image 89 option. You can click the choose to include the notes &highlights by click the notes & highlights option box
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  6. Click the Add Page Range image 91 option to submit the selection to the system. The system will display the percentage that would be used to print this selection and what is remaining.
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  7. Click Continue image 93 option to print your selection. If you are demoing this e-book or a student is considering dropping the class, a return of the e-book for a refund is NOT ALLOWED once the user uses the printing option. Click the Cancel image 94
    option to not print and the Continue image 95 option to print
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To access Office menu

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 97 icon
  2. Click on the Offline menu item
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  3. The publisher determines the percentage of pages and the length in days a user can take off line AT A TIME. This example, this publisher allows 10.00% of the book to be available offline for 10 days. After that 10 days, the user can take another 10.00% of the pages off line for 10 days.
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  4. Click on the drop down arrow and select which chapter to take offline. In parenthesis is the percentage of being taken offline.
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  5. Click the image 101 button to be able to access the selected section when the user does not have internet access. The offline version will be available through your web browser.

Notes: Any highlights, notes, flashcards, and bookmarks will be synced up with the online version once the user access the e-book online. For the best results, use Chrome as the browser since this option is under development.

To access Help & Support

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 102 icon
  2. Click on the Help & Support menu item
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  3. The Help & Support menu provides the user with the help and support options.
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    • Technical Support will take the use to RedShelf’s online FAQ website and the ability to submit a request for help to the RedShelf customer service team
    • Keyboard Shortcuts will provide the user with a (9) keyboard shortcuts for navigation an access
    • Learn About Accessibility will take the user to RedShelf’s accessibility website

To access Experimental Feature

  1. Click on the Main Menu image 105 icon
  2. Click on the Experimental Features menu item
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  3. This option will allow the user to engage in RedShelf’s new features. To try a new feature click on the on/off image 106 option placing the option into the image 107 on mode. At any time, the user has the ability to turn on or off and experimental feature.
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Notes: You can use Narrator applications to read your e-book. For example, JAWS or Chrome’s Read Aloud application.

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