What if my course requires an access code?

Overview

Many courses at Columbus State require (or recommend) that students purchase a textbook access code which allows you to interact with additional course content on the publisher's website. The process varies for each textbook, making the publisher the best contact if you need help using the code or navigating the related online resources.

If you are provided temporary (free) access to the materials to start the semester, make sure to purchase your own access code in a timely manner to ensure continued access for the entire length of your course. Typically the temporary access lasts 2-3 weeks.

Support information for commonly used publishers can be found here: Third party information

Columbus State also offers some Instant Access Courses that use digital course materials or e-books. Students are provided direct access to the content from the Blackboard classroom. The cost of these materials are included in your tuition and fees statement. Check out the Bookstore's Affordability page for more information about Instant Access.

Below you will find a brief overview of access codes to get you started.

Frequently Asked Questions- Access codes

An access code (or student access kit) is tied to a specific course or series of courses. It is typically composed of letters and numbers that give you online access to course content on the publisher's website. The content could include a variety of items: interactive videos, assessments, activities or even e-books.

Example access code: XPTR7-DKPM9-004VR-HG439-JD345
The use of an access code and/or the related digital course content is usually up to your instructor. In some cases, they may only recommend that you use the access code to obtain additional reference and/or study material. In other cases, they may require you to use it because a portion of your grade will come from the online material.
The code might come with your new textbook or be sold separately at the bookstore. These codes add value for students who purchase their textbooks new, as each code can only be used once.

Instant Access course material is accessed through links in Blackboard on the first day of the class.  If you are unsure of where the link is located, you can reach out to your instructor for assistance.  
To access the online materials, open the publisher’s login page. The link for the login page will typically be provided by your instructor via Blackboard or an email. Log in to an existing account or create a new one. (This refers to your account with the publisher, not your CSCC login.) Use your access code to complete registration and enter the site.  
Check your syllabus or course materials to see if your instructor has noted availability of a temporary (free) access code you can use to get started while you wait on financial aid or a textbook delivery. Typically the temporary access lasts 2-3 weeks, so make sure you still purchase your own access code in a timely manner to ensure continued access for the entire course.

 Instant Access course material is accessed through links in Blackboard on the first day of the class.  If you are unsure of where the link is located, you can reach out to your instructor for assistance.  


Need more help? 

  • If you have questions about purchasing books and/or access codes for your specific course, we recommend you reach out directly to the Columbus State Bookstore
  • Foe more information about Instant Access courses, check out the Bookstore's Affordability page.
  • For assistance with using the access code and/or the related website, we recommend you access the publisher's support resources. Here is a list of third party vendors and their support information for your convenience: Third party information
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