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Placing orders for digital course materials is the main user activity. This article covers how Instructors and Course Coordinators place an order for a particular Course and its sections. Note: orders can only be placed during open Ordering periods.

This article explains how users place an order. In particular, you will learn how to:

  1. Select a course for which to place an order
  2. Select the course's relevant sections
  3. Search for and select content
  4. Add a content requwest
  5. Review and place your order

1. Select a Course

After logging in to the Order Tool, Instructors and Course Coordinators are presented with Courses in one or more open Ordering periods. The list of Courses presented to them is based on their role as an Instructor or Course Coordinator.

Instructors are presented a unique list of Courses they're assigned to teach.

  • Identify the Course your are assigned to teach and for which you want to order content.

Course Coordinators are presented a list of courses for which they are permitted to place orders. The courses are arranged (grouped) by the instructor or instructors who teach them (more than one instructor may be assigned to teach the same section). When a Course Coordinator places an order, they place it for the particular Course teaching assignment of a particular Instructor or Instructors. Permissions are granted to Course Coordinators by an institutional administrator.  

  • Identify the instructor for whom you are placing an order.

  • Identify the Course that the instructor is assigned to teach for which you want to order content.

When you have identified a course for which you wish to place an order, click "Start Order" for that course.

2. Select one or more Sections 

After selecting a Course, users must select one or more Sections for which to place an order. In most cases, users will wish to place a content order for all of the available Sections associated with an Instructor's teaching assignments. By default, all of the Sections associated with an Instructor's course assignment are selected.

  • Select Start Order for the identified Course.


Select the Sections for which you want to include in your order.

  • The sections are listed by their Section number.


3. Search for and select Content


After selecting the Sections of a course for which you'll order content, it's time to search for and select content!

Selecting content works like shopping in on online marketplace:

  • Search for content you wish to use in your course
  • Add the content to your shopping cart
  • Review and place your order

Searching for content

When searching for content, the following metadata about books is searched:

  • Authors
  • Titles
  • Publisher names
  • ISBN

Note: You must enter at least three characters into the search bar to identify content.

Content items can be selected and removed from your shopping cart. 

Selecting content

The Unizin Order Tool will display content items that match your search results. The title, authors, publisher, and ISBN are presented for each content. Users may then select content items to add to their shopping cart by clicking the "Add" button next to each content item. That action adds the content item to the shopping cart and confirms the action with a notification.

Removing content from your shopping cart

Content items can be removed from the shopping cart in the Shopping cart menu at any time in the ordering workflow, including the "Order review" step. Content items can also be removed from your shopping cart from the content search results.

A notification will confirm that a content item was removed from your shopping cart.

4. Adding a Content request

If you are unable to find the content you seek in Unizin's content marketplace, you may add a custom content request –called an Order request– to your order. Order requests are not guaranteed to be delivered by Unizin. Order requests are evaluated by Unizin's Publisher Services team. Users who submit an Order request will be contacted by Unizin Publisher Services before and after a determination is made about whether the content can be acquired and delivered.

Users may submit an Order request by clicking the Order request link on the "Select Content" page in Unizin Order tool. When clicked, a form appears at the bottom of the page that invites the user to include information describing the requested content item. The information includes:

  • Title (required)
  • Publisher
  • Author(s)
  • Edition
  • ISBN

When you click "Add order request," the Order request is added to your shopping cart under the "Requested titles" section.

5. Review and place your order

When you have completed selecting content to include in your order, click the "Review" button at the bottom right of the screen to progress to the Review screen.

The Review asks users to review their content selections and confirm that they wish to place the order. This is a final review of your order. You will not be able to make modifications to your order after selecting Place Order.

On the Review screen, the Unizin Order Tool will remind you of the Course and Sections for which the items in your shopping cart will be ordered. It will also provide valuable information about the cost savings you're providing your students by ordering content through the Unizin Marketplace.

Earning royalties

Optionally, Institutions may require Faculty or Instructors to declare if they stand to earn royalties from the content they ask their students to buy. This policy may not apply to your institution. If it does, and if the feature is turned on in Unizin Order Tool, then users will see a checkbox near the bottom of the Review screen. If checked, the user declares that they stand to earn royalties from their content selection. This information is provided to your institution, who may review your order. Selecting this box does not delay the delivery of ordered content to your students. 

Note: The option to require a royalties declaration is configured at the institutional level during the implementation of the Unizin Order Tool.

Amend or cancel your order

On the Review screen, users may remove content items from their order. Users may also navigate back to the content and section selection screens if they wish to change the scope of their order. 

Place your order

When you are satisfied with your order, click the "Place Order" button at the bottom right of the screen. The Unizin Order Tool will confirm that your order has been placed and invite you to return to the Courses screen, where you can begin a new order.

If you ordered digital textbooks, they will automatically be delivered in Engage.

If you ordered a digital product, it will be configured for your course in advance of the term.

If you submitted an Order request, Unizin Publisher Services will contact you about that request.