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Titan Direct Access & VitalSource

Titan Direct Access (TDA) and VitalSource (VS) digital books are the most affordable options for course materials. Digital books are easy to use, convenient and accessible from any device. Built-in tools like highlighting and topic search help you achieve more in the classroom.

TDA titles are available for select courses in your student portal.

  • fast & easy

    Free access to TDA titles the
    first week of classes. 180-day access if you remain opted-in.

  • Affordable

    Up to 80% less expensive
    than print.

  • Access from any device

    Learn anywhere from your
    laptop, tablet or phone.

  • Built-in Study Tools

    Search topics, highlight, bookmark, take notes, etc.


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TDA & VitalSource Frequently Asked Questions


Titan Direct Access FAQ

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 materials, up through the first week of class. In order to maintain digital access, students must remain opted-in for the course materials through the CSUF Portal and pay their invoice once billed for the materials. The Direct Access program is a partnership between the CSUF-Information Technology division, Titan Shops and select publishers.

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 book prices and they are environmentally friendly.

Students must have an active CSUF email account, Campus Wide ID (CWID) and be enrolled in courses that use TDA course materials.

Students who remain opted-in through the CSUF portal will be billed following the the first week of class.

Free access is provided through the first week of 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.

All books are available for at least 180 days (entire semester). Some books have perpetual access.

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 dropped by the add/drop deadline, and you have already paid, you can request a refund from Titan Shops. After the add/drop deadline, there are no refunds or exchanges.

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 through the first week of classes. If students want to opt-out of the program, they must do so before the end of the trial period.

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 2 to 3 weeks to pay off their balance.

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 refund 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.

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.

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.




VitalSource FAQ

No requirements. Available to anyone who wishes to purchase.

Purchase at TitanShops.com or in-store. 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.

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.

Access is available for various durations from the date of activation.

Once activated, books can be found at TitanBookstore.RedShelf.com and at Fullerton.VitalSource.com.

Titles can be refunded within 14 days of purchase with receipt. No more than 10% of the book should be accessed.