EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. eBooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.
EBSCO eBooks offer a number of advantages over their print counterparts. Users can:
Download titles to mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android Devices
Search within a book for specific words or phrases
Save, print, or email chapters or sections
Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools
Save notes to a personal folder with an EBSCOhost account
Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking
Place holds on titles with limited simultaneous user licenses (though most titles are available for unlimited access)
If you’re interested in making a purchase of an eBook for the library collection, contact your librarian.
eBooks in the Classroom
eBook Basics: Can I Use Them in the Classroom?
EBSCO eBooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using e-books available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.
Using EBSCO eBooks provides some advantages over print books in addition to cost-savings. Students can:
Search within the titles for words or phrases
Save/email/print chapters or sections
Automatically generate bibliographic citations or export to bibliographic management tools
To check for an EBSCO eBook that includes Unlimited Access, find an eBook of interest and navigate to the Detailed Record.
The Detail Record contains the license information, displaying either Limited Access (1 or 3 copies available) or Unlimited Access.
For limited access titles, you may still save and use PDF chapters in your class. However, if you’d like to link to the title or make the title available for everyone to view online or download at the same time, you’ll want to make sure the title has an Unlimited User Access. (You can contact your librarian to expand the user rights for most titles).
How do I cite EBSCO eBooks?
EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.
Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.