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How To Find What Books I Need For College Classes

How do you find out what books you’ll need for classes in college.

This probably sounds stupid but I’m kinda confused. They told us at Orientation that it was ok to wait until the first day but I don’t wanna do that. How would we even find out what books we need? There’s no list, no class description, nothing. So yeah, I’m kinda confused.

Well, you could go to your campus bookstore with a copy of your course schedule and ask if they have the books for your courses available yet. You could also email the professors and ask if they have decided on what books will be required for the course and if they could let you know so you can buy them early (trust me, most professors have to fight with students who don’t want to buy the books at all — you’ll be a breath of fresh air to them). Or you can just wait until the first day of class when you get the syllabus, which should have a list of all required course materials within the first couple of pages.

How do I find out what college books I need before I go to class for the first time.

Your schedule will have the course number and name listed. When you go to the bookstore, you will tell them Math101, History263A, etc. The professors will have notified the bookstore what books they will be using so the store knows what to order in.Often, college bookstores also have websites. You can go to the website and look up on there what books they have listed for the class. Doing it this way, you may be able to try to buy the books somewhere else for cheaper (meaning online, used).

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What books will i need for college.

Im attending CCAC North Campus starting august 23rd,…but I dont know what books I need. We need to find out ASAP. im taking Pyschology 101, English Comp1, Juvenile Justice/Juvenile diliquences and Intro to criminal justice and criminology. If anyone knows the names of the books I need, id GREATLY appriciate you…

Take your class schedule to your school’s book store and the clerks can explain how you to find your books. I know how that goes starting college can be a little scary. Good luck with school! I hope you do well!

How do I know what textbooks I need for my college classes.

I’ve already got my schedule ready for the semester. I have Eng 103, Soc 101, ISP 120, and Discover Chicago. However, my schedule doesn’t say what books I actually need for the classes. How do I find out this information?

One of two ways usually:1-take your schedule to the school bookstore and make sure you know the specific section of the course you are in. For example, you may have Eng 103-01 or Soc 101-04. The section indicates what class you are in and what professor is teaching the class. Sometimes each section requires different books so it is very important to know this information. The way it worked in my school was the books at the bookstore were organized by course name and number and then by section, so you’d just find your books that way.2-The other option is to just wait until you get to class and the books you need will be listed on the professor’s course syllabus. From experience, I have noticed that sometimes a professor will list a book as required before you get to class (because they submit their book lists way before the start of the term), however once you get to class they may decide that a certain book is either only for reference or supplemental material or sometimes not needed at all.It is important to note a few things in regards to textbooks:Full title of the book(s)Author and or publisher of the book(s)Year publishedEdition (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc).Another important piece of information you may want to get is the ISBN number. This is a universal coding system for all books (not just college texts). It is usually on a bar code on the back of the book. It will definitely be useful if you want to purchase textbooks either online or at a place other than the college bookstore (which is highly recommended if you want to try to save some money). Also, sometimes campus books stores do run out of textbooks for a specific course and they have to be reordered, so this may be a good time if that happens to look into alternate sources of finding the book. This is especially important in reading intensive courses.

how do I find out what books in need for my classes.

college courses–I have no idea how to find out which books I need.

1. On the first day of class, your professor will give you a syllabus. This document includes important information, like the test schedule, the grading, and the required and recommended books..2. At your campus bookstore, they should have textbooks organized by class, and it might say whether they are required or recommended. However, the bookstore might say a book is required but your professor could say it is actually optional.3. If your professor or class has a website, the books could be on there.

What books do i need for college.

ok so im taking Human Development and Developmental Reading classes in college..what books do i need to buy and how much do they cost?

Depends on your school. You go to the college’s bookstore. They have a whole section of class books on shelves. Above each group of books are the classes they are needed for. Make sure to look for not only the class you are taking but the section of that class. Sometimes different teachers request different books for the same subject. There is usually other students working at the college book stores who will help you find the books you need if you are having trouble. Look for used books that cost less.As to cost. I have had college books run anywhere from $20 to $120 each.

How do I find out what text books I need for my classes.

I’m about to start my Freshman year at college…and I know every school is different. Generally though, how do students find out what their text books are for their classes? Is it usually posted online? Do professors send out a mass e-mail with requirements? I’m just a little concerned being that I…

Check the bookstore website. You should be able to put in your course numbers and the required textbooks will come up. Campus bookstores are required by law to make this information available so students can shop around.If you check Y!A, you will find that there are multiple schools of thought about purchasing textbooks before the first day of class. Apparently some professors put books on the list that they don’t intend to use, so some students wait to see which texts will be required before buying anything. However, at my school we had reading assignments to prepare for the first day of class and showing up without a textbook or the reading completed would have been a really good way to make a very bad impression. So you might want to get a feel for how things work at your school so you know whether to buy the books ahead of time or not.

How can I check online for what books I need for my college classes…..

… that I don’t have to go to the school to find out and I can order them on

You can look in the college directory to contact your professors and ask them what the books are that you will be needing. There may also be a link on the bookstore website where you can see what books you’ll need.

How do I figure out what books I need for my college classes.

I feel really dumb asking this question because my guidance counselor showed me how to determine what books I would need, but I completely forgot how to. I have my schedule and understand the class name and number, but can not for the life of me figure out which books I need! I want to buy my books online to save…

First step is definitely to go to the bookstore at your college. They’ll have all that information for you and they may even have a web page that you can use to look that stuff up at home and they’ll show you all that. Just let them know that you need a little bit of help, and they’ll help you print out a book list and all that.The next thing you’ll want to do is to go around the book store and actually look at the books see what it is. Is it a packaged set? Is it just a textbook. Sometimes books will come in a package with an online access code that you need for the class. Sometimes they’ll come in a package with supplemental materials. Unfortunately sometimes the professor will require you to buy the package and a lot of the time the publisher will put together a special package with it’s own ISBN number for that package that you can’t get anywhere else.So go around and take a look at what you need. If you just need a single textbook with no access codes or anything you’ll be fine to buy it online. But if you need the codes or a special book package you’ll want to buy it in the store. Many times you’ll find the textbook cheaper online but if you end up needing the codes you’ll pay an arm and a leg for them and lose all the money you saved anyways

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  1. However, it is a bad idea to buy books before going to the first class in undergraduate school. You may decide not to take a particular class. The instructor may announce that some books may be used in the library and do not need to be purchased.

  2. First try the online site for the college bookstore – if they have one, it might be searchable by class. Next try finding the website for the professor offering the class and see if they’ve posted a syllabus on their website listing the required books (make sure to check the syllabus date). Then try calling the bookstore directly to see if they can give you this information or tell you where else you could find it. Last resort would be to contact the professor, but many find that annoying – try everything else first. And if you’re anywhere near campus, just go to the bookstore and write down the info yourself.

  3. 2. After you register for class email the professor and ask which books will you need for the semester.*This is your FIRST year and you are not taking more Gen. Ed classes? Criminology is usually reserved for 2nd or 3rd year students. You must have been able to bypass the pre-requisites then, hmm?

  4. Also, the professor might of have ordered a pre-packaged booklet to be bought at a lower cost on the college campus. Pre-packaged booklet are copies of pages from a textbook. Professor sometimes use this option in order for students to save monies and for them to only use certain section of the textbook.

  5. To find out what books you need you can take your schedule with you to the library and they will tell you which books you will need or you can email you teachers and ask- that would be a good time to find out if the books are really necessary.After you register, your class list will tell you what books you need. It would most likely be right on your new account you get when you enrolled as a student.

  6. If you don’t want to buy from the bookstore, copy down the ISBN (this is the most important piece of information, and is a 13-digit number; if you’re online you should copy-paste into a list of books you’re looking for so you are certain you didn’t make any errors) and any of the other information you are provided, like the author’s name (often only the first author will be given) and the textbook name (often only part of the name will be given) and edition. You can plug the ISBN into Google and then click on Shopping, or you can go to your favorite new/used book source (,, etc.).Go to the bookstore, show them your schedule and ask what books you need. Be prepared for textbook sticker shock as they can get pricey. If you can buy used textbooks because they will save you some money.

  7. Chances are you probably already have one and you will just need to get yourself a password. Then you can log on and see what books you need to get. Easy as printing it off and going to the bookstore.I remember my first year of college, i went to the schools bookstore and gave them my class schedule, they pretty much picked out the books for me.

  8. and instructions should point out the necessary equipment and text books you’ll need for that class.

  9. I recently found this website that lets you look up your classes and teachers and will also tell you what books you will need for the class and where to get it cheap.Sellers with lots of feedback are more reliable on average than sellers with very little feedback. Sellers who ship from within the US will usually get books to you faster than sellers who ship from other countries. Sellers who ship from your state or one adjacent to it will often get books to you faster than sellers from the other side of the continent. If you’re using your email address to get Amazon Prime for free, you can get them to sell anything they have, including books they are handling for other sellers, in 2 days — but anything someone else sells you using the Amazon Marketplace may take longer.

  10. You get your schedule and make sure you have both the course number (something like ENG 102) and section number (something like 07) or at least the professor’s name (because not all professors teaching the same class assign the same texts) and you go to the bookstore. You can either go to the bookstore physically or use the website.

  11. There might also be a link on your school’s website that tells you which books are needed for which classes.

  12. Go the bookstore and show them your list of classes and they will have a list of require and recomended courses.

  13. This is pretty universal for most students these days. I suggest calling the number on the Home page of your campus. They can easily help you set up a student account. All you will need is your SSN.

  14. This website will tell you what other students thought of the teacher and the class, whether it was hard or easy, whether the teacher was fair or not, if the books are necessary and even if the teacher is hot.Well, at the university I went to – Once I registered for courses and I know the professor name including the name of the course with the section number, I can use these information to look up the textbooks through the college bookstore website. I do not buy textbooks at all from the college textbook, but use the site to have an idea of how much the textbook cost and then compare it on sites like I only buy textbooks through the internet once I confirmed with the professor through sending him/her an email.You can actually find this out online!! Look on the school’s website because sometimes it is listed, but if not go to because they run most of the bookstores in colleges in the country. Just enter the state and then the college and it will ask for what semester, what subject, the class number, and your section number! It’s really easy to do…then when you see what books, you can buy them online through like and they’ll be much cheaper because college books can be so expensive!!

  15. If you want to buy from the college bookstore, you can. They tend to be about the most expensive way to get books, but on the other hand you can return books to them as long as you keep the receipt and don’t damage the books in any way. I am a big believer in having books on hand before classes begin. If you wait until the first day of classes to get your books, you will pretty much have to buy from the bookstore, or from an online source that guarantees the book will arrive in a certain amount of time. It also means that people who got their books earlier got the best deals before you even started looking.

  16. But if you want to find out what books you need before that, contact your guidance counselor and ask them to repeat what they told you.

  17. It’s also possible that you may drop the course.However, for most undergraduate classes, you will not need any books the first day and at the first class the instructor probably will discuss which books must be purchased and which may be used in the library. So it is usually not a good idea to buy books before the first undergraduate class.

  18. Usually the course name, # and section are listed on the shelves are the bookstore. This is all info you can get from your schedule. If you’re confused ask a bookstore employee, they’ll help you find what u need, it’s their job.

  19. Lastly, one of the most helpful websites in all of my college years was to leave the class??? This is college. Professors don’t even care if you come to class or noy

  20. Some teachers will decide you don’t need the book at all or that you only need some of the books assigned, not all of them.

  21. Sometimes teachers will allow you to buy older editions of the textbooks required, which is much cheaper than the newest version.

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  23. You can look in the college bookstore which groups the books by class.

  24. Sometimes the books you need are at the school library and it will be much cheaper for you to go to the library or make copies instead of buying the book.It’s a good idea to wait until the first day of class before you buy your book.Take your schedule to the college book store. Under each book it will tell you what class and section it is for. There will be employees there to help you.

  25. Usually the books are arranged by classes in the college bookstore.If you go to the website you’ll click on the “Buy Textbooks” link and choose “Fall 2011.” Then you’ll once again track down each of your classes and click something like “Find textbooks for these classes.”

  26. I just want to reinforce the answer some people have already given.Contact the bookstore. They will have the information you need. Books for the same class can vary by the instructor. Be sure you have the section you are in. Once you get the books, you can access to find out where online to get the best deal. Good Luck!

  27. The information provided in the hand out and from the professors verbal introduction

  28. Your college book store has that information. Some schools put it online through the book store website, some don’t. Try that first.

  29. You Should be provided a (syllabus of the class/ Hand Out Sheet) by each individual Professor.1. Try find out what books you need at least a week or two before classes start.The most reliable way to ensure that you’re buying the right book is the ISBN. Sometimes you can get a paperback international edition of a book that you’re told to buy in hardcover. Sometimes you can get a hardback book used for less than the paperback you’ve been told to buy costs. As long as it’s the same author(s), title, and edition, you’ll be fine, even though in both of those cases you’ll be buying a book with a different ISBN. But you’ll need to be careful when buying a book with a different ISBN, because the information at bookselling websites does not always make it clear that Book X isn’t just another format of Book Y, but rather a related book (like problem sets to accompany the text or something). Also, sometimes sellers of used texts list their books in the wrong place, so you order a 5th edition for a really good price and you get a 3rd edition.

  30. On your first day of class your teacher will give you a list of books you need for their class, if you want them early then go onto your schools website log in and find your books using the code that is listed for the class.

  31. I hope you have a great semester.

  32. 3. Ask your professor for the isbn number of your book. They will know what the isbn number is. Each book has a isbn number.

  33. Most college websites have a link to their bookstore. Go to this link, and it will probably have a menu where you enter your courses. Do that, and it will tell you the titles, and how much your books will cost. You might be able to order them online too, or have them pre packaged for when you buy them.

  34. [DELDUP()]I got this from they also have a list of cheap book sitesGood Luck =)

  35. If you are in the physical bookstore you may be able to go into the area where the textbooks are and find the books for each class (they’ll be organized by department, so ENG 102 will be next to ENG 013) or you may have to hand your schedule over for a store employee to help you.You might not even have to buy any textbooks for the course.Either contact the professor by emailing them and asking them, or some bookstores for schools are online and you can look it up by your course number, or some school bookstores in person will have a list of the books you need. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until the first day of class to get your syllabus.

  36. I highly recommend using to rent textbooks instead of buying. I’ve paid $20 to rent books that could have cost me $100.

  37. Your course instructors will provide you with a list of textbooks and required reading as part of the class syllabus on the first day of class.

  38. Your instructors will tell you what books you need. Then you’ll find out how much they cost when you try to buy them.

  39. I’m not sure what to tell you where you are at, all I can Tell you is to go to your schools bookstore and they will help guide you through the steps.

  40. You can also contact your instructors to find out which ones on the list the bookstore has that you will really need and which ones you might only use a couple of times during the semester.

  41. http://www.myedu.comThere are hundreds of textbooks for most of those classes. Every professor decides for themselves what book(s) they will require, and that can change from semester to semester. Call the bookstore and ask.

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