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Finding ebooks

  1. Type your search terms, title, or author of the book in the search box at the top of this page.
  2. On the results page, look to the left side of the screen. Under “Item Type” click show more. Scroll and find ebooks as an option in the list. Check the box and click update.

Using ebooks

To read an ebook, click the “online access” or “PDF full text” link. Ebooks are best accessed on your desktop or tablet while connected to the Internet – they do not always work well on phones and do not work at all on Kindles. Offline downloading can be difficult.

We have three platforms for ebooks – Proquest, EBSCO, and OverDrive. They mostly work in a similar fashion but there are some differences to be aware of:

EbscoProQuestOverDrive
Maximum usersUnlimited, with a few exceptions. Check the sidebar while viewing the book.Varies. Check the first screen when you open the book in the “Availability” section.One user at a time per copy.
Checkouts, loan periods, and holdsNo checkouts for online reading. Downloads will be checked out for a specific duration.None.Similar to print books, you must check the book out. 7 day loan period. You can place a hold if the book is currently checked out.
Downloading books for offline reading with a mobile deviceiPhone: get the “EBSCO Mobile” app from the appstore and select Northwest University as your institution in the app.
Android: You can, but it is not recommended as the reading experience is very poor.
You can, but it is not recommended as the reading experience is very poor.Yes, get the “Libby” app from the appstore and set Northwest University as your library in the app.
Download to PDF and printing chaptersYes, each book will have a different number of pages you can save to PDF or print. Click the Save, Email, or Print links at the top of the page to see how many pages are allowed.Yes, each book will have a different number of pages you can save to PDF or print. Check the “Availability” section.No.
Subject coverageAll academic subjects.Mostly religion, but many other subjects as well.Literature and religion.
Annotations and bookmarksNo.Yes, but they cannot be exported.Yes, but they cannot be exported.
Search within the book and navigate by chapterYes.Yes.Yes.
Direct link to ebooks on this platformhttps://library.northwestu.edu/db/48https://library.northwestu.edu/db/1042https://library.northwestu.edu/db/1094