What is EBSCO's eBook Collection?
How do I access an eBook? Do I need an account to access the eBook Collection?
How do I view an eBook?
Do I need special software or hardware to read the eBooks online?
Can I download eBooks to my phone, e-book reader or tablet?
Can I print from the eBook Collection?
What if I still need help?
The eBook Collection provides access to full-text scholarly, reference and professional eBooks from leading university, academic and professional publishers. These eBooks are digital versions of print books from a broad range of subject areas and topics. In many cases, the eBook copy is the only copy of the book owned by the library although in some cases a local print copy is also available.
Enter the eBook Collection using the link above. If you are off campus, you will be asked for your UTEID and password before being taken to the eBook Collection site. Once you enter the service, you will not be required to enter additional account information to use the eBooks, though you may wish to create a free account.
To create an account, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the EBSCO screen and then click "Create a new Account." Fill out the form with your name, email address, and a username and password of your choosing. This account should NOT be your EID. With this free account, you can save search results and create alerts in all EBSCOhost databases; however, you do not need an account to use the eBook Collection or to view an eBook online.
For more help on this topic, see EBSCO's "Personal Account" help pages.
Once you have entered the eBook Collection, eBooks can be read online in the eBook Viewer by clicking the eBook Full Text link on the Result List or Detailed Record. The eBook Viewer is a tool that works through your browser and has built-in navigation tools developed specifically for reading eBooks. The toolbar on the right-hand side of the screen allows you to search within the eBook, create notes, bookmark pages, or print from the eBook.
During the time you are actively viewing the eBook (turning pages, searching within the full-text, etc.), it will be unavailable to others.
Please note if you are linking to an EBSCO ebook and the PDF is not loading open the page without the Find It sidebar (see last option on sidebar). See this video for instructions.
The eBook Collection can be accessed using a standard Internet browser; however, some access problems have been reported by patrons using Firefox. If you are having trouble seeing books and are using the most current version of Firefox, try using Chrome or Internet Explorer. EBSCO provides ebooks in Adobe PDF format, so in order to view eBooks online, you will need the correct version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
Mac users may want to download the Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin, a third-party plugin that supports in-browser viewing of PDF files. It allows Mac users on both Firefox and Safari to access the eBooks in their browsers and to avoid pop-ups for each individual page.
Only eBooks with a download button can be downloaded.
Yes, but because of copyright, there are restrictions as to how much of the book you can print. Typically, you can print a maximum of 60 pages per eBook. The number of pages available to print displays when you click on the printer icon in the toolbar to the right of the reading pane. The pages you choose to print are downloaded as a PDF and can be saved or printed from your PDF Reader.
For additional help using the eBook Collection, please see EBSCOhost's eBook help pages. You may also Ask a Librarian, or contact Paul Rascoe for additional troubleshooting assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-495-4262.