Database of the Month – E is for eBooks

The more eagle eyed amongst you will have noted that our database of the month blog is following a somewhat alphabetical sequence. Lighting on ‘E’ this month by chance several of our ‘E’ indexed databases are in fact eBooks collections. So, for March, our Database of the Month blog will include a bumper edition of E flavoured electronic reading.
EBooks are digital versions of your favourite textbooks, available to either read online or download chapters onto a device. Our recent focus group found that users like employing this format. EBooks are especially useful if you are off campus or if you don’t want to carry textbooks around. They are keyword searchable so pinpointing a phrase or quote is easy, and best of all they won’t incur library fines! While many books are not available in e-version yet, our eBook collections are expanding all the time.
Some of the fine eBook packages in our collection include:

e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection
Our thousands of Duke University Press eBooks have a particular strength in humanities and social sciences subjects. You can find titles on gender, race and culture, with a little bit of psychology thrown in. Chapters are downloadable in PDF format although the whole eBook can be read online. If you don’t have a particular title in mind, arrange books by subject to browse topics relevant to your studies.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection
EBSCO eBooks are a small but growing collection of academic textbooks that cover a broad base of subjects including arts, sciences and business. EBSCO eBooks can be read online. The database has advanced searching options or you can look at recently added or feature titles in your subject area.

Elsevier EBooks
A more select offering of eBo oks, Elsevier supply high quality books in the science, mathematics and engineering arena. Chapter PDF’s are available to download and you can search within the database over the full text of the book. Top tip: Filter by ‘Full text access’ to make sure we have the complete text!

Emerald EBooks
Emerald offer eBooks series rather than single titles. Titles provide in-depth research on topical subject area. This gathers together key commentary and analysis in one place. Coverage focuses on Business, Information, Economics and Social Sciences.

Amazingly this is only a small selection of the eBook collections we provide, for more info on packages like MyiLibrary, Sage and Oxford Handbooks go to our eBooks guide
One thing to note, EBooks are subject to the equivalent copyright laws as textbooks, so when downloading or printing a part of an eBook, the same laws apply, that usually means you can utilize up to 5% or one chapter of a book and no more.

To access our eBooks, first ‘Login to the eLibrary’ on the Library Homepage.

Log In to e-Library

You can simply search the Library catalogue in the ‘Search all’ box for your topic:

  • Then select ‘Book/ebook’ in the Content Type option.
  • Refine your search by selecting ‘Full Text Online’ to identify eBooks.
  • Lastly click on the icon ‘eBook Full Text Online’ to access the eBook.

Ebook selection

Or you can browse our eBook databases through our Databases A-Z link

There is a wide and varied selection of eBooks on our catalogue that could enhance your assignments and research, all waiting to be discovered. So, now is the time to log on, explore and get e-reading!


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