Introduction to Ebooks

Finding ebooks

To find an ebook, type your search terms, title, or author of the book in the main search box.

On the results page, look to the left side of the screen. Under “Source 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 “online access” or “PDF full text”

We have two main platforms for ebooks – Proquest and EBSCO. They each look a little different, but for the most part, share the same features for using ebooks in your browser.

In this Proquest example, you can view the table of contents here. Use the search within feature here to locate a word or phrase within the ebook. On this page, we can also add this book to our “bookshelf” folder to read later by clicking here. You will need to be logged in to use this feature, so if you haven’t been prompted, click sign in here. Now, this book can be saved for viewing later as long as you’re logged in.

The citation for the book is found here

And the permalink, which is a link back to this specific page, is here.

In Proquest, we can use annotations for highlighting, notes, and bookmarks. To access your annotations, click the star here.

For ebsco ebooks, you can search within here, add books to your folder here, cite the book here, and get a permalink here.

Ebooks are best accessed on your desktop or tablet – they do not work well on phones and do not work at all on Kindles.

During this time, we are unable to borrow books from other libraries. If you need a book we don’t have, email us and we may be able to provide access to the ebook. If you’re not finding the book you need we can expand the ebook collection to fit the needs of your subject area.