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CofC Libraries Discovery Service: Finding and Using eBooks
How to guide for the College of Charleston Libraries Discovery Service -- search the library catalog and numerous databases all at once.
The library collection includes over 730,000 electronic books--more than the number of print titles in Addlestone! Ebooks are found in a number of different library databases. Specific instructions and access options for eBooks vary by platform, but most allow you to do the following:
Read the eBook online
Search within the eBook for key words and phrases
Print sections of the eBook
Download specific chapters or the whole book to a computer or other device. Depending on platform and licensing, you may be able to keep the downloaded copy indefinitely, or it may expire after a period of time.
Reading eBooks Online
It is usually easiest and fastest to read eBooks online.
Checking out eBooks
If you wish to access the book multiple times over a period of days, consider downloading the book using an eReader app. Most library eBooks expire after a period of time due to something called Digital Rights Management (DRM). These books must be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions, a free eBook reader that manages the expiration periods of DRM eBooks. Although there are a few extra steps initially, once you have Adobe Digital Editions set up you can quickly and easily download and read your checkouts, and you never have to worry about "returning" them! See below for specific eBook platform requirements.
Finding and Using eBooks
The following video shows how to find and access eBooks in the Discovery Service. To see how to access an eBook you've already found, jump to minute 1:14 in the video.
EBSCO requires users to sign into a personal EBSCO account before downloading eBooks. This free account is separate from your College accounts, and it is not created automatically. If you have never registered with EBSCO, create a new account using your preferred username/password.
Some platforms offer a choice of formats when reading online or downloading eBooks. The two most common formats are EPUB and PDF. EPUB usually provides a better online reading experience, but you will need to download an app if you do not already have one.
EPUB eBook Format
File format specifically designed and optimized for eBooks
Text resizes and reflows based on display size and user preferences
Compatible with many eBook readers and apps
For downloaded books, requires an eBook reader/app (free download)--usually Adobe Digital Editions
PDF eBook Format
File format commonly used for many types of electronic documents
Size and layout of text is fixed on the page
Most computers already have a PDF reader installed
For downloaded books, Adobe Digital Editions may still be required for DRM books (books that expire)
Proquest eBook Central
Before Your First Proquest eBook Download
You will need the following account information and programs before downloading most Proquest eBooks.