Pre-Term Prep: Finding Your Course Materials

Textbooks and Course Materials

Course materials may include textbooks, course kits, software, and/or other materials that your instructor has deemed necessary for successful completion of the course.

Course materials are specified by instructor, by section. To confirm required course materials, please consult one of these two sources:

  1. York University Bookstore listing – visit and select the Textbooks link. Print your course list to identify required textbooks and/or other materials. Tip: for Schulich courses, the course listing begins with “SB.”
  2. Course Outline – uploaded by Schulich faculty to the course offerings website. You will require your Lotus Notes Account to log in. To view the course outline specific to your course section, select the course code from the course list.

Note that the upload time for course outlines varies. Faculty are encouraged to upload their outlines in advance of the beginning of term. If your course section does not appear in the YorkU Bookstore online course list, then the instructor has not provided the list of required materials yet.

Course Reserves: Print and Electronic Reserves

To find out what has been placed on reserve by your instructor or to search by course number  go the library homepage and enter the instructor’s name or course code in the Search Library Resources box. Change the drop-down to read Course Reserves:

Instructors will often make some or all of their course kit contents available electronically via course reserves in lieu of a mandatory, printed course kit purchase.

Course Materials Database (CMD)

Close to the beginning of term, once you have received your Lotus Notes Account, you will gain access to the Course Materials Database (CMD). Most instructors use this resource for uploading course outlines, readings, and other important documents.

The CMD is accessible through your MySchulich Student Portal. If you are having trouble accessing the CMD, please contact the IT Helpdesk at


Moodle is also used by some instructors as a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials. To access your Moodle account visit and log in with your Passport York ID. You’ll be redirected to “My Courses” where you can find all of your classes using Moodle. Check out the handy Quick Start guide here.

Microsoft Office (FREE!)

Office 365 is required for a number of graduate level courses. It’s available to you for FREE on up to five devices with your Schulich e-mail address! For full details and instructions, click below.

Office 365 Instructions


We hope this helps you get a jump start on assembling your course materials for the term ahead!

2018-08-10T12:01:44+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Tags: , , , , , |

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