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Find and use e-books for your academic and personal research.


The J.W. England Library provides access to e-books in two main ways.  First, we've added a selection of titles directly to the Library's collection, which can be accessed through Our Journal List/e-Book List or through the library catalog. Second, we subscribe to 2 ebook databases: EBSCO's eBook Collection and ProQuest's Ebook Central, both of which contain thousands of e-books across numerous subjects. Complete details on each of these access methods are below.

E-Books in the USciences collection

E-books in the Library's direct collection can be accessed through either Our Journal List/e-Book List or through cataLyst, the library catalog.

  • Our Journal List/e-Book List is the easiest way to access our e-books.  Be sure to click on the e-Books tab to highlight it before looking for a book.  You can either run a search or browse the titles alphabetically.
  • The Library Catalog (cataLyst) also has records for e-books.  E-books are denoted by the words "[electronic resource]" in the title and include a note that says "Location: e-Books"
    • When doing a search, if you'd like to see only e-books in your results, select "e-Books" under Quick Limit.
    • If you are more concerned about subject matter and less focused on the book's format (print v. electronic), set the Quick Limit to "Books," and the catalog will return both print and e-books in your results.

Ebook Central by ProQuest

Ebook Central is a subscription ebook database that includes over 160,000 titles across many disciplines.  All the books in this collection offer unlimited simultaneous users and may be used for classroom instruction or research. These books may be read onscreen or downloaded to a computer, eReader, or mobile device. Some highlights of this collection include:

  • Over 160,000 ebooks available from the following packages: Academic Complete, College Complete, Reference Books, and University Press collection.
  • To download an ebook, you must first create a personal account in Ebook Central.  There are then additional steps depending on the type of device you are using.  Just follow the prompts in Ebook Central to download the book you'd like to read:
    • To download books to your computer: Install Adobe Digital Editions following the prompts in Ebook Central.  After downloading the book to your PC, you can then transfer it to your eReader [Kindles are not compatible with these ebooks].  Step-by-step instructions
    • Download ebooks to your mobile device:  Books may be downloaded to Android or iOS devices as well.  You will need the Bluefire Reader app to access the books.  Step-by-step instructions

EBSCO's eBook Collection

eBook Collection is a subscription database that provides access to thousands of e-books across many disciplines.  You can search or browse for e-books just like you look for articles in other databases.

When you open this database you will see the eBooks landing page, which features galleries of highlighted titles and allows you to browse individual categories.  You can do a basic search on the main screen, or click on "Advanced Search" to access EBSCO's familiar searching interface.

Reading e-books onscreen is easy.  Simply click on a title of interest and select "eBook Full Text" to read the book in EBSCO's online viewer.  If you're signed into EBSCOhost using a My EBSCOhost account, you can also save the book to a Folder to read later. 

Checkout/Download: You can also checkout books and download them to your computer, eReader, or mobile device.  Complete directions for downloading e-books are posted below.  Books can be checked out for either 7 or 14 days and are available in either PDF or EPUB format.  Once the checkout period is over, the e-book will no longer appear on your device and will be returned to the EBSCO platform for others to use.

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