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Textbooks in Ebook Central: Getting Started

The library catalog has ebook versions of some of the required course textbooks. To find out if the library has a textbook, there are 2 ways to search:

  • Using the Course Reserves search, you can search by Course Code or Professor Name
  • Using the regular catalog search, you can search by Title

To use either search, first access the Library's Online Catalog.  To see a video tutorial on using the catalog to find textbooks (including print books), go to the Course Reserves section of the Library Online Catalog Tutorial.

Course Reserves Search

1. The easiest way to find out if we have an ebook of a textbook is to use the Course Reserves search. Hover over "Course Reserves," then click on "Course."

2. Next, enter an asterisk (*) in the search box, and hit "Submit."  This will display all the courses with books on Reserve.

3. Courses which either include an ebook or only have an ebook on Reserve will have the phrase "Ebook in Ebook Central" after the course name.

4. Click on the name of a course to see the title(s) of what book(s) are on Reserve.  Ebooks will have "Electronic Book" as the first part of their call number.  (Books with "Reserve" in that spot are print.)

5. To access the ebook: click on the title of the book, then on the next screen, click where it says, "Click to view" (underneath "Connect to").

For help in using ebooks in Ebook Central (reading online, searching, citing, etc.), please see the Ebook Central guide.

Textbook Title Search

In addition to the Course Reserves search, you can also find ebook versions of textbooks by searching the catalog by title. 

1. Click on the drop-down next to the main catalog search box and select "Title."  Then enter the first few words of the title of the textbook (use what the professor listed on the syllabus), and hit "Submit."

2. In this example, the library owns both print copies of the book and an ebook copy.  You can tell that the second book is the ebook by both the ebook icon and the item location, which is Electronic Book.

3. To access the ebook: click on the title of the book, then on the next screen, click where it says, "Click to view" (underneath "Connect to").

For help in using ebooks in Ebook Central (reading online, searching, citing, etc.), please see the Ebook Central guide.