Achieve More with Digital Books
Titan Direct Access | RedShelf | VitalSource
Convenient and easy to use, digital books have become the best value in course materials. Included study tools, like highlighting and notes, will help you gain an edge in the classroom.
Digital Books FAQ
What are the criteria for using digital course materials?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): Students must have an active CSUF email account, Campus Wide ID (CWID) and be enrolled in courses that use TDA course materials.
RedShelf & VitalSource: No requirements. Available to anyone who wishes to purchase.
Where and how do I purchase?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): Students who remain opted-in through the CSUF portal will be billed following the add/drop date.
RedShelf and VitalSource: Purchase at TitanShops.com or in-store. Purchase course materials here. If buying in-store, look for the barcode on the bookshelf next to the specific book. Take that barcode to any cash register in the store to finalize your purchase.
How does the activation process work?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): Free access is provided until the add/drop date for the semester. Your TDA books will be available through the CSUF Student Portal. Before the trial period ends, you must remain opted-in to maintain access.
RedShelf & VitalSource: Access instructions will be emailed to students on the day the purchase is made. Email will come from Titan Shops, so please ensure your email spam filter is not blocking these messages. Books can be purchased and activated at any time during the semester.
How long will I have access?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): Most books have perpetual access. Depending on the publisher, some books are available for 180 days.
RedShelf & VitalSource: Access is available for various durations from the date of activation.
Where do i get access?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): Initial access is provided within the CSUF Student Portal. Once a VitalSource account is established, titles can also be accessed through VitalSource.com or the VitalSource Bookshelf app.
If I drop the class, How do I get a refund?
Titan Direct Access (TDA): If dropped by the add/drop deadline, no charge will be made. After the add/drop deadline, there are no refunds or exchanges.
RedShelf & VitalSource: Can be refunded within 14 days of purchase with receipt. No more than 10% of the book should be accessed.
More About Titan Direct Access
What is the Direct Access Program?
The Direct Access program allows students immediate access to their course materials, in digital format, by the first day of classes. All students, in courses where Direct Access is offered, will have free digital access to the specified course material, up until the add/drop period ends. In order to maintain digital access, students must remain opted-in for the course materials through the CSUF Portal. The Direct Access program is a partnership between the CSUF-Information Technology division, Titan Shops and select publishers.
What are the benefits of the program?
The benefits include immediate access to course materials at the start of classes, ensuring that you are better prepared for a successful semester. You will have access to your course materials on any Wi-Fi enabled device and can take notes and highlight the material digitally. Digital content also results in lower course material costs when compared to typical new or used boo prices and they are environmentally friendly.
What if my class is participating in Titan Direct Access using Titan Shops Payment Plan?
Titan Direct Access Program using Titan Shops Payment Plan is a new program that gives students free access to their course materials through a link in their campus portal until the last day to add/drop courses. If students want to opt-out of the program, they must do so before the add/drop deadline.
If students do not choose to opt-out of the program, they will be automatically billed through their Titan Shops Payment Plan account. They will have about a week to pay off their balance.
What if I purchased or rented a print copy and would like to switch to a Direct Access version?
If you already purchased or rented a print version at Titan Shops and you would prefer to have the digital content, simply bring your book and receipt to the Book Information counter on the 2nd floor at Titan Shops by the add/drop deadline and let the staff know you would like to switch. The value of your initial purchase will be issued in store credit which you can apply to the new Direct Access title once you are billed for it.
what if i would like to stay in the direct access program, but need a little more time to pay?
You can utilize Titan Shops Payment Plan. There is a $15 fee and this will allow you 2 months from the start of the semester to pay off your account balance. This option is available for all course material purchases. Contact Customer Support for details.
why isn’t my class in the program?
This is a new program currently with a limited number of titles available. If successful, the program will be expanded with additional titles in future semesters. Some professors have chosen for their courses not to participate in the program.