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Placing orders for course materials is the main user activity in the Unizin Order Tool.

This article covers how Instructors and Course Coordinators place an order for a particular Course and its Sections.

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 course materials
  4. Add a course materials request
  5. Review and place your order

1. Select a Course

After logging into the Order Tool, Instructors and Course Coordinators are presented with Courses in one or more open Ordering periods.

Instructors are presented a unique list of Courses they're assigned to teach. As an Instructoridentify the Course you are assigned to teach and for which you want to order course materials.

Course Coordinators are presented a list of Courses for which they are permitted to place orders. The courses are grouped by the instructor(s) who teach them (more than one instructor may be assigned to teach the same section).  As a Course CoordinatorIdentify the instructor for whom you are placing an order. Then, identify the Course assignment of that instructor for which you want to order course materials.

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 course materials order for all of the available Sections associated with an Instructor's course assignment. By default, all of the Sections associated with an Instructor's course assignment are selected.

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 course materials

After selecting the Sections of a course assignment, you will search for and select course materials!

Selecting course materials works like shopping in an online marketplace:

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

Searching for course materials

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

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publisher name
  • ISBN

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


Selecting course materials

After searching, the Unizin Order Tool will display course materials that match your search criteria. The title, author(s), publisher, and ISBN are presented for each course materials. Users may then select course materials items to add to their shopping cart by clicking the "Add" button next to each course materials item. That action adds the course materials item to the shopping cart and confirms the action with a notification.

Removing course materials from your shopping cart

Course materials 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.

Course materials items can also be removed from your shopping cart from the course materials search results.

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

4. Adding a course materials Order request

If you are unable to find the course materials you seek in Unizin's course materials marketplace, you may add a custom course materials 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 course materials can be acquired and delivered.

Users may submit an Order request by clicking the Order request link on the "Select course materials" 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 course materials 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 course materials 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 course materials 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 course materials through the Unizin Marketplace.

Earning royalties

Optionally, Institutions may require Faculty or Instructors to declare if they stand to earn royalties from the course materials they ask their students to buy.

If checked, the user declares that they stand to earn royalties from their course materials selection. This information is provided to your institution, who may review your order. Selecting this box does not delay the delivery of ordered course materials 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 course materials items from their order. Users may also navigate back to the course materials 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.