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View Textbooks in Class Search

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View Textbooks in Class Search

This is a tutorial only. No log in is required.


Class Search displays textbooks and other materials for the courses listed in the Schedule of Classes. You can view required and recommended materials including title, authors, edition, publisher, International Standards Book Number (ISBN), and the new and used price wherever possible.

Step 1

There are two ways to access Class Search from the CSUN home page at www.csun.edu:

1. If you have a CSUN account, log into the myNorthridge Portal with your CSUN User ID and Password.

  • Students: Your myNorthridge page displays. In the Quick Links box, select Class Search.
  • Faculty or Staff: Select Class Search in the Student Administration box.

2. If you are a Guest, select the Class Search link on the CSUN home page (not shown).

CSUN home page showing myNorthridge Portal login Username and Password fields.

Step 2

Class Search displays. Use the pull-down menus to select the desired Term, Session, and Subject (CHEM in this case). Click the Quick Search button.

In the resulting Course List, select the green triangle to expand and view the CHEM 100 class sections.

Class Search shows results for Chemistry and the CHEM course list.

Step 3

The CHEM 100 Class Section List displays.

To view books and materials, click the Textbooks icon in the row for the class section you want.

Or, you can click the Detail icon in each row to view complete class information and the Textbooks link.

The Details icon displays in column 1 and the textbook icons in column 4.

Step 4

If you click the Detail icon for a class section, the Textbooks link displays along with complete course information.

Click the Textbooks link, or the icon back on the Class Section List, to open the textbook results window.

One CHEM 100 class section detail and textbook link.

Step 5

The textbooks page displays books and any other materials required and recommended for CHEM 100, class section 14997.

The "Results For" breadcrumbs will keep you oriented by listing CSUN, Campus, Session, Term, Subject, Course Number, and Class Number.

The "Required" message indicates that CHEM 100 course materials can be purchased in a bundle or as individual components.

You can print the textbook page or copy and paste the information into another file. Include the breadcrumbs for the class number, too.

Close the Textbook window to return to Class Search.

Textbooks page for a CHEM 100 section, inclouding Matador Bookstore logo.

Step 6

Return to the Class Section List to view the textbooks for the lab, CHEM 100L, class section 15634.

The textbook message here indicates that no course materials are required for the lab.

Textbook page for a CHEM 100L section.

Step 7

A variety of messages will display in the textbook window for different courses and sections.

The message “unable to find the specified course” may display for one of the following reasons:

  1. The Matador Bookstore has not yet received a textbook order.
  2. The department or instructor has not yet reported that no materials are required.

To confirm whether or not materials are required, contact the instructor or the department offering the course. Have the 5-digit class section number ready.

Textbook page for an Independent Study showing "unable to find specified course."

Step 8

Textbooks for a term or semester should display about 4 or 5 weeks before classes begin.

If you look up a class and see the message “Unable to find the requested term” or “To be determined,” check back later.

If you have questions about a message, please contact the Matador Bookstore, (818) 677-2932.

Image of textbook "to be determined" message.

Step 9

You are free to purchase textbooks from any bookseller you like.

As a convenience, two “Buy/Rent Textbooks” links to the Matador Bookstore display in myNorthridge on the Academics page.

You can also rent textbooks online from the Matador Bookstore.

If you have questions about textbook ordering or payment, contact the Matador Bookstore, (818) 677-2932.

"Buy/Rent Textbooks" links under Enroll in Classes and Academic Quick Links headings.