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Locating eBooks

Tutorial for locating electronic books in the library's collection and online

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Library Databases

The following databases specialize in electronic book access:

Locating eBooks in an EBSCO database

Some library databases include a mixture of various types of materials. The following image shows the "advanced search" option within an EBSCO database, which helps you narrow down search results to only electronic books.

Image shows the full text box selected and the books option highlighted.

To limit to eBooks, make the following selections:

  1. Set your search terms in the box(es) at the top of the advanced search screen.
  2. Select the limitation for "Full Text" in the "Limit Your Results" area.
  3. Select the option for "Book" in the "Publication Type" scroll box.
  4. Click the Search button.

Results returned will be for electronic books only (available full text on your screen), in full book form or listed by individual book chapter.

Tips for Using Electronic Books

Factors to consider when utilizing eBooks from the library collection include:

  • The library's collection is always changing. New titles are added and taken away, sometimes without notice.
  • Some titles have a concurrent user limit, meaning that the publisher specifies that only a certain number of people can view the material at a specific time.
  • Look for navigation arrows to move through eBooks page by page. Some platforms also contain value-added features, such as citation help, annotation, etc.
  • If print options are available, make sure that you're using the print icon/option within the platform (your browser's print option may cut off part of the text).
  • If printing, note that there may be limits on the amount of a resource you can print.