EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. eBooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.
EBSCO eBooks offer a number of advantages over their print counterparts. Users can:
If you’re interested in making a purchase of an eBook for the library collection, contact your subject librarian.
If enabled by your administrator, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO eBook can be saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewer to be printed at a later time.
To learn how to save, print, or email eBook Chapters, see:
EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.
EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.
To learn more about EPUB format and the difference between EPUB and PDF format, see the following FAQs:
Yes, the Permalink feature in the eBook Viewer makes it easy to copy a link to an eBook or chapter and insert it into Blackboard, Moodle, or any other course management system.
To learn how to copy Permalinks in EBSCOhost, see How can I link to eBooks or eBook chapters in my syllabus or on Blackboard? on the EBSCO Support Site.
To check the access model for an eBook, find an eBook of interest and navigate to the Detailed Record.
The Detail Record contains the license information, displaying either Limited Access (1 or 3 copies available) or Unlimited Access.
For limited access titles, you may still save and use PDF chapters in your class. However, if you’d like to link to the title or make the title available for everyone to view online or download at the same time, you’ll want to make sure the title has an Unlimited User Access. (You can contact your librarian to expand the user rights for most titles).
EBSCO eBooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using e-books available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.
Using EBSCO eBooks provides some advantages over print books in addition to cost-savings. Students can:
To learn more, see: eBook Basics: Using EBSCO eBooks in the Classroom on the EBSCO Support Site.
To checkout and download eBooks to your computer:
To learn more, see Checking out and Downloading EBSCO eBooks on the EBSCO Support Site.
EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.
Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.
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