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Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

This guide highlights the Cornerstone program, e-library, and Reading Room.

E-Library Introduction

The Cornerstone E-Library consists of two lists of e-books: 1) Antiquity to Modernity and 2) Modernity to Present. Each provides students with immediate access to electronic books through the Purdue University Libraries’ catalog. The listed e-books contain works by over 200 great writers and thinkers identified for consideration in SCLA 101 & 102. These e-books are not required texts. Rather, they are complementary to the courses and supplementary to assigned readings. Course instructors will often choose to assign different works or other editions that may only be available in print. Most of the entries in the lists connect to a Purdue Libraries’ catalog record that not only leads to the e-book, but also links from the author’s name to other books in the Libraries by the same author.

Please note that works first published after 1923, including recent translations and new editions of much older works, are still in copyright and their electronic distribution is carefully licensed. When an e-book is limited to a “single reader,” it means that only one user at a time can download the e-book during a checkout period. Downloading, however, is not usually required because e-books can be read online. See the Libraries’ How to Guide Finding and Using eBooks for more details.