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ARCHIVED: Using Courseload eTexts

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Requirements for your desktop or laptop

With an Internet connection, you can use Courseload eTexts on any computer with one of the following browsers:

  • Firefox 4 or later (preferred)
  • Safari 4 or later
  • Google Chrome 11 or later
  • Internet Explorer 9 or later

Other browsers may work, but they have not been thoroughly tested. (Courseload strongly recommends upgrading to the latest version of your browser, available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff from IUware.)


  • Users accessing Courseload eTexts with Internet Explorer (IE) 9.0 may experience intermittent difficulties.

  • If you use IE 8 or 7, you must first ARCHIVED: install the Chrome Frame plug-in from Google. To access Courseload on a Windows computer the IU Student Technology Centers (STCs), either use Firefox or IE 9 (or later).

  • To access Courseload from Oncourse, your browser needs to allow cookies and pop-up messages (see your browser's Help documentation for instructions).

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You have personal access rights to your material until you are no longer enrolled at the institution.

Courseload eTexts may be unavailable during the daily maintenance window of 5-6am Eastern Standard Time.

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  • To navigate to the first page of a chapter, use the table of contents. In the left panel of the Courseload screen, click the Chapters tab.

  • To navigate to a specific page, either enter a number in the "Go to page:" box on the right side of the screen, or use the "scrubber" along the bottom of the page. As you drag the scrubber, pages will pop up over the textbook. You can scroll until you see the page you want (the numbers are displayed above each page).

    The scrubber is a sliding icon at the bottom of the screen

  • To go forward or backward a page at a time, use the arrow icons in the bottom corners of the screen.

  • To navigate with your keyboard, use the left and right arrow keys to change the page, and the up and down arrow keys to move within the current page.

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Controlling the view

You can control your view of your course materials using the following:

  • Zoom: To zoom in, near the top of the Courseload viewer, click + (the plus icon). To zoom out, click - (the minus icon). Multiple zoom levels are available.

  • Full-screen view: To maximize reading space, near the middle of the Courseload viewer, click the full-screen icon ( 
    Image of the full-screen icon
     ). To exit full-screen view, in the top right corner, click the full-screen exit icon ( 
    Image of the full-screen exit icon
     ), or press Esc.

  • Move side panels: Both the left and right side panels can slide off the screen to increase the viewing area. Click the arrow between the reading material and the side panel to collapse it.

  • Changing terms: If you've used Courseload for more than one semester, you can switch between current and past terms by clicking the up and down arrows ( 
    The change term icon looks like an up and a down arrow.
     ) to the right of the current term's name.

    Note: For semesters prior to fall 2011, you need to use the previous version of the software, Courseload 1.4 (also called CLIP).

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Within the digital course material

To locate specific words or phrases anywhere in the text, use the search box at the top of the Courseload screen. Detailed results will automatically appear in the new search window. You can quickly view the context of search results and access a section. Search results also return matches from any notes you have made visible.

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Web search/dictionary

To search for a word or phrase that appears in the text via an outside resource (e.g., Google or Wikipedia), enter the word or phrase in the search box. In the search results, click the More tab, and then select the service you want to search.

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To add, delete, or access bookmarks:

  • Bookmarking a page: At the top left of any page, click the gray ribbon with the plus sign.

  • Deleting a bookmark: At the top left of a bookmarked page, click the blue ribbon with the minus sign.

  • Accessing a bookmarked page: In the left panel, click the Bookmarks tab, and then click the desired page number.

    The Bookmarks tab is in the center of the left navigation panel

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Interacting with your texts

Highlighting text

Click and drag over the text you want to highlight. When the pop-up dialog appears, select a highlight color.

A dialog box that pops up over highlighted material allows you to select the color, to add a note, or to cancel the annotation.

Courseload is pre-loaded with four colors for highlighting; you can't change the colors. You may want to use the different colors for different categories of highlighting.

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Adding notes

To add a note for a section of text:

  1. Click and drag over the desired text.

  2. When the pop-up dialog appears, click Add Note.

  3. In the Add Note dialog box, type your note. Optionally, you also may enter tags, separated by commas (e.g., vocabulary, exam 1), and/or select a highlight color.

    The Add Note dialog has a text box on top, a field for tags, a checkbox to post as a question below, and Save and Cancel buttons with colors at the bottom.

  4. To save your note, in the Add Note dialog box, click Save.

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Adding sticky notes

To add sticky notes to the text, click anywhere on the textbook page. You can place sticky notes anywhere on the page (including over images) and move them anywhere after you've created them.

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Posting questions for the instructor

To post a question for your instructor, follow the steps for adding a note, but before clicking Save, check Post as a question. This notifies your instructor of your note. When the instructor responds, you'll see a notation along the edge of the left panel, showing the number of new responses waiting for you, like this:

The notification reads 1 new if there is one new response, etc..

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Deleting highlights, annotations, sticky notes, and questions

To delete an annotation, highlight, sticky note, or question, click the highlighted text or note, and then in the menu that appears, click Delete.

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Sharing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes

Note: By default, instructors can view all student annotations. You can disable their access to your annotations and questions, but if you do, you won't be able to ask instructors a question through the Courseload platform. To disable instructor access to annotations, click Sharing, and then in the Book Settings window that appears, select Hide my notes and questions from my instructors.

To control whether classmates can see your highlights, annotations, and sticky notes, click Sharing, and then in the Book Settings window that appears, choose one of the following options:

  • All students in the class
  • No students
  • Only these students: (Check the box next to the name of each classmate with whom you want to share.)

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Viewing highlights, annotations, and sticky notes

To view the highlights and notes of others who are sharing with you, under "Showing Notes From", select Instructor or Select a Class; if you choose the latter, select a class from the drop-down list.

Options for viewing notes include Me, Instructor, and the Select a Class drop-down list

To view a summary of your personal and shared interactions, in the left panel of the main textbook page, click the Notes tab.

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Linking to external content

To link to external web content related to your studies, enter the desired URL in the annotation box. To navigate to the linked content, Ctrl-click the link (Command-click on a Mac).

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To print, in the left panel of the Courseload page, click Print. You can print from 1 to 50 pages with each action. The page numbers you enter in the print dialog screen will match the actual textbook pages you want to print. You also can choose to print to a PDF file instead of a printer. Pages printed from a campus printer are charged against your student print allotment.

Note: Materials you print are for your personal use only, and your right to use them ends when you are no longer a student at IU.

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Ordering printed copies

Instead of printing sections of course materials yourself (as described in the previous section), you can order a printed copy of the entire text for purchase. Materials are printed in black and white, and drilled for three-ring binders. To order printed materials, enter the course in Courseload, and then, in the left navigation panel, click Prefer a print copy (additional cost). You'll be directed either to the publisher's web site or a Courseload order form, depending on the publisher.

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Importing and deleting external content

You can upload PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files into Courseload and annotate them. Instructors also may share them with others. To add content:

  1. In the lower left corner, click Manage Content.

  2. In the Upload Content tab, browse to and select the file you want to upload.

  3. Complete the form, and then click Upload Content. Using the tabs next to Upload Content, you also can add links to external web pages, and import content, notes, and stacks from your other courses.

The materials will be available shortly after you upload them.

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Getting help

For help with Courseload, contact the Support Center.

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Feature demonstrations

Feature demonstrations include audio; links open new windows.

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Last modified on April 14, 2014.

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