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E-books at CTU

E-Book Basics

1. To use e-books, you'll need a user name and password set up specifically for Library access. See Getting Started with Electronic Resources for more information.

2. E-books are read either through a browser or e-reader software like Adobe Digital Editions. You'll see your options (and have the opportunity to download software needed) when you're ready to check out a book.

3. You'll need to set up your own account with e-book vendors (like ProQuest and EBSCO) to check out most e-books. You'll see links to do that when you're ready to check out an e-book.

4. Ebooks have printing, copying, and downloading options, but these vary widely by title. Check-out times also vary by title. You'll see your options once you have checked out your e-book. 

5. The two places to search for e-books are EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Primo, the LIbrary catalog. They contain overlapping content, but aren't identical. You may need to search both to find what you're looking for.

6. See our E-book FAQ for more information or contact Deb Winarski for e-book help.

Finding E-Books

Go to EBSCO Discovery Service 

  1. Type your search terms in the boxes at the top of the page (select Title from the box on the left if you're sure of the book's title).

Search box for EBSCO Discovery Service

2. Click Search

3. Limit your results to e-books by checking the eBooks Only box in the column on the left.


E-books only checkbox


The results list will reload and you'll see if your book is available as an e-book. Look for EPUB Full Text, PDF Full Text, or Online Access links. Click one of these icons to download or click the book's title for further details.

Search results screen for ebook search


1.  Go to Primo, the Library's online catalog.

2. Begin typing your search term in the box at the top of the page. As you type, you'll see options for setting the scope of your search. Click the top option so that you're searching only in the library catalog.

3. Click the magnifying glass.

4. In the results list, look for titles that contain an Availalbe online link. You can limit your results to electronic materials by clicking the Available online checkbox in the left column. 




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