OUseful Course Book Search

The OUseful course book search extends the reporting of the OUseful course search tool by additionally listing course books associated with a particular course. The intention is to also provide links to online booksellers to support the purchase of course books.

In addition to the search strategies supported in the OUseful course search tool, the OUseful book search also supports keyword or keyphrase searches within the titles of books associated with a particular course.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is not endorsed by the Open University and is not necessarily correct, although we do aim to keep the information current.

In the first phase of development, the search tool interface iscompartmentalised. This acts as an aid to debugging, as well as helping us to identify appropriate search tools. A simpler search interface will be produced in the near future.


Self-purchase books (deprecated)

The following searches identify set books for the course that are not provided by the Open University with the course materials. That is, you must purchase these books yourself. The search terms are ORed with each other. In the future, we also hope to support ANDed searches.

Course code: (Search for course books associated with a course code)

Keyword search: (Search for courses containing the keyword in the title or title of one of the course books (and also display the associated course books))

Author search: (Search for courses where a course book is authored by a particular person (and also display the associated course books))


Amazon & ROUTES enhanced search

This is an enhanced version of the above search that also provides links through to Amazon, Abebooks, and UniversityBookSearch, as well as the OU library catalogue and the OU library ROUTES service.

Course code: (Search for course books associated with a course code)

Keyword search: (Search for courses containing the keyword in the title or title of one of the course books (and also display the associated course books))

Author search: (Search for courses where a course book is authored by a particular person (and also display the associated course books))


OUseful Book Search Web Service

The web service can be called through a web page that uses the common OUseful search syntax:

More information on the OUseful books webservice.


Static Search examples

Returning RSS viewed through a previewer: keyword search on 'net'

View RSS feed of, e.g. a keyword search on "chemistry": RSS feed