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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 Coordinators place an order for a Course Offering in a particular Session of an Academic Term.

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

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

1. Select a Course offering

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

Instructors are presented a unique list of Course offerings they're assigned to teach. As an Instructoridentify the Session, Course, and Section type you are assigned to teach and the sections for which you want to order course materials.

Coordinators are presented a list of Course offerings for which they are permitted to place orders. Coordinators may order the same content for many sections taught by different instructors. As a Coordinator, identify the Session, Course, Section type, Section, and instructor for whom you are placing an order. Then, identify the Course assignment of that instructor for which you want to order course materials.

Instructors of each section are presented when selecting the ordered drop-down menu of a section type.

Once you have identified a course offering and Instructor for which you wish to place an order, click "Start Order."

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 of a section type associated with an Instructor's course assignment.

Select the Sections for which you want to include in your order. The sections are listed by their Section number within that particular section type.

3. Search for content and select course materials

After selecting the Sections of a course offering assignment, you will search for content 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 order by clicking the "+" button next to each course materials item. That action adds the course materials item to the order and confirms the action with a notification.

Removing course materials from your order

Course materials items can be removed from an order at any time in the ordering workflow, including the "Review order" step.

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

4. Adding a course materials Content Request

If you are unable to find the course materials you seek in Unizin's course materials offer catalog, you may add a custom course materials request –called a Content Request– to your order. Content requests are not guaranteed to be delivered by Unizin. Content requests are evaluated by Unizin's Publisher Services team. Users who submit a Content 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 a Content request by clicking the Content Request link on the "Add Content" page in Unizin Order tool.


When clicked, a form appears 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 content request," the Content request is added to your order under the "Requests" section.

5. Review and place your order

When you have completed selecting course materials to include in your order, click the "Checkout" button at the top right of the screen to progress to the Review screen. The Review screen 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.

On the Review screen, the Unizin Order Tool will remind you of the Course and Sections for which the items in your 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. 

Users may cancel an order by selecting the "Cancel order" link at the top right of the screen at any time. Users will be prompted to confirm this action prior to cancelling the order. A notification will appear on the screen to confirm the order has been cancelled.

Place your order

When you are satisfied with your order, click the "Submit Order" button at the bottom of the screen. 


The Unizin Order Tool will confirm that your order has been placed. You will then be returned 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 a Content Request, Unizin Publisher Services will contact you via email about the request.