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What you need to know about using eBooks

eBooks are a prominent feature of the modern research process and that fact is reflected in the scope of our collection, which boasts over 900,000 titles and counting. Most of these eBooks are provided by three major vendors: ProQuest, EBSCO, and Springer and each have their own unique design and functionality.

If you have already found an eBook and are looking at this guide for information on how to use it, look at the top of the page for the eBook for a logo, which will tell you which platform you are currently on. If the eBook isn't provided by any of the databases listed in this guide, contact a Librarian for assistance.

ProQuest     EBSCO     Springer

Tips for using eBooks

  • Many eBook databases provide the ability to search within a book for keywords. Use this feature to efficiently look through a book for the sections that contain information relevant to your research topic/question.
  • Instead of downloading the eBook, try reading it online. Most databases provide permalinks that you can bookmark or save that will bring you back to the book whenever you want to read it. Not every book can be downloaded, but all of them can be read online.
  • If you have an eBook open online for an extended period of time you may be asked to create a loan for the eBook. If you would like to continue reading the eBook, approve the online loan. All eBook loans are returned automatically.
  • The citation generators built into the reader are useful, but not always accurate. For assistance citing an e-book please consult our Citation Guides or Ask-a-Librarian.

Searching for eBooks

Follow these instructions to search for eBooks in the library catalog:


1. Click on Books & Media above the search box on the homepage, type in your keywords, and press Search.


2. On the results page, refine the results to only eBooks by selecting Available Online on the left-hand side.


If the book you select is accessed through ProQuest, you will be directed to the eBook's Detail Page. Select Read Online to read a PDF copy of the book within your browser. If the book is able to be downloaded the option will be found here. If the option to download the entire book is unavailable, you may be able to download one or a few chapters.


This page will also provide the table of contents, allowing you to jump to specific chapters.


In the Read Online view, you can scroll through content on the left-hand side and click on chapters and sections within chapters to navigate directly to them.


Read Online is also where you can search for specific keywords. Once the search is complete you can navigate to the pages where your keywords appear.


After searching for keywords, click on the arrow to the left of the chapter title to view the specific pages that the keywords appear on.



For more tips on how to use ProQuest eBooks, please watch this short tutorial video provided by ProQuest:


For more instructional videos on Proquest Ebook Central e-books please visit their YouTube Channel playlist.


If the book you select is accessed through EBSCO, you will be directed to the eBook's Contents page. From this page you can view or download specific chapters.


Please note that there may be limits on how many pages you can download in a single session.


To search for specific keywords within the full-text of the eBook, click Search within near the top-left of the page.


The results will show you the page numbers where the keywords appear. Click a page number to be brought to that page. The keywords are in bold to make them easily visible.



For more tips on how to use EBSCO eBooks, please watch this short tutorial video provided by EBSCO:

For more instructional videos on EBSCO e-books please visit their YouTube Channel playlist.


If the eBook you selected is accessed through Springer you will be directed to the eBook's landing page. From this page you can download the book or view it online.


If you select a chapter you can read it within the browser. A table of contents will appear on the right that you can use to navigate to different sections.


Many eBooks have a feature that allows you to quickly check the references used within the text. In most Springer eBooks the in-text citations are hyperlinked. Clicking the hyperlink will reveal the full citation which you can copy and paste into the search box on the Library's homepage. If you are unable to locate the full-text of the citation please ask a librarian for assistance.


From this page you can also obtain a citation to export to RefWorks or Zotero. Click Cite Chapter in the menu on the right-hand side to see a drop-down list of export files. 


You can search the full-text for keywords using Search within book on the eBook's homepage. This is an efficient way to identify the portions of the book most relevant to your research.


Spring will show you every instance in which the keywords are used, and you can jump right to where they are found in the text by clicking View Chapter.


For more tips on how to use Springer eBooks, please watch this short tutorial video provided by Springer: