Companion Sites & Ancillary Materials

Writing a book doesn’t end with the manuscript!

See Resources and Websites Mentioned in the Webinar. These links offer examples for different kinds of materials and book sites.

1) Authors’ sites-linked from the publisher’s page for the book:

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Will the publisher agree to including a link that takes the viewer away from the publisher’s website?
  • Are you committed to creating and maintaining the page? Do you have the technical skills needed to do so?

2) Password-protected resources on the publisher’s site (note that you may not be able to view all materials on these sites):

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Can you as author give input into the site design or format, organization, or presentation of resources?
  • Can readers who are not instructors gain access to the site?

3) Companion sites with interactive features on the publisher’s site and third-party applications:

  • Doing Research in the Real World 
Note: If you create an account in VitalSource, you can request electronic review copies of texts and view interactive features.

Add-on subscription to access technical feature and apps:

4) Special features that won’t work on a page

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • What is the author’s role in designing and producing these features?
  • Can you as author act as the subject matter expert for technical or media features? If not, do you have final approval?
  • If your visuals, diagrams, etc. are being used, can you retain your intellectual property/copyright?
  • If a third party or additional subscription is involved, do you receive payment or royalties?

Visit SAGE Methodspace for an article: “Reimagining Ancillary Materials for Texts and Academic Books.” Visit the Textbook and Academic Authors Association site for a webinar recording. (Not a member? Consider joining this community of writers!)

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Doing Qualitative Research Online: Hit refresh on your methods course!

Thinking about a qualitative research methods course update for the digital age? Doing Qualitative Research Online covers ethical and theoretical foundations, as well as a wide range of approaches to collect or generate data. In addition to finding appropriate extant data, the book encourages researchers to explore ways to elicit data online through interviews or focus groups, or to use enacted methods such as arts-based and experiential methods.

See the SAGE Publications companion site for instructional ideas including a sample syllabus, assignments, media, and (open access) articles.

From an instructor’s blog: “Everyone in the class liked the text.  It is well organized, informative, and clearly written.  There are great charts and tables throughout that illustrate the points being made, and students appreciated this component.”

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