Monday, August 21st, 2017

Finding & Using eBooks


  • eBook Collection from EBSCOhost is now searchable on the EBSCOhost platform, providing a single interface for finding journal and book content. A User Guide that offers step-by-step instructions for using this collection’s many features can be downloaded at http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5358 Features include:

    • Search and view eBooks on the EBSCOhost platform
    • Browse eBooks by subject area and by latest added to your library’s collection
    • View eBook Table of Contents from search Result List
    • Navigate to eBook chapters or sections directly from Result List and Detail Record
    • Search within an eBook for specific terms, yielding a list of hyperlinked pages
    • Create notes that are associated to eBook pages
    • Optional download capabilities and user-selected checkout duration
    • For eBooks with a limited number of users, place a hold and view your place in line
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) provides users with instant access thousands of eBooks on virtually any subject. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7 through Gale’s state-of-the-art Virtual Reference Library platform, which provides an unprecedented combination of functionality and features. GVRL User Guide


Web sites with free eBooks:*

  • Project Gutenberg offers over 20,000 online books, including many in non-English languages.
  • Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.
  • Bartleby’s Primarily literature, reference and verse.
  • Read Easily Online books in html; accessible to the visually impaired.
  • Universal Digital Library from Carnegie Mellon University requires DjVu plugin to view books
  • Online Books Library from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Internet Public Library List of many collections of online books.
  • Questia’s free eBook collection contains more than 5,000 titles.
*A special reader or plug-in may be required.