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Ebooks - Searching and Viewing

Viewing eBooks in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

1. After following the link to the eBook Collection from the A-Z Databases, you must create an EBSCO host account if you would like to download chapters or specific pages from eBooks for offline use.


Ebsco Ebooks Home Page

2.Click on the Sign In button to login, or follow the prompts to create a new account. (Creating an account enables you to download eBooks in your folder, while also allowing you to save searches and articles from  EBSCO databases)

3. Type into the search bar any search terms needed to locate a book, or simply browse through the featured eBooks.

4. Click on the desired eBook’s title.

5. To open the eBook, either click eBook Full Text on the left panel or click any of the linked words underneath the Table of Contents.

Ebsco Ebooks Open Book

6. Now, you are able to read and/or download the eBook to your computer.  While reading the eBook on your browser, there are some tools on the right panel for searching within the eBook, citing the eBook in APA, MLA, etc. documentation styles, and emailing the eBook’s information to yourself. You can download an ebook using either EBSCO Mobile or Adobe Digital Editions.

Primo Search

Find Books, eBooks, Articles, DVDs, and Streaming Videos

Visit our Primo Research Guide if you have any questions.

General Search Tips

  • Begin your research with an initial search in Primo, and then explore subject-specific databases for more targeted results.
  • Utilize Boolean search terms to enhance your search effectiveness: AND narrows results to those containing both search terms; OR expands results to include either search term (not necessarily both); and NOT eliminates results containing the specified term.
  • Commence with a general search, refining it to become more specific as needed. If you possess a basic understanding of your desired focus, search using a broad term and narrow it down based on available resources.
  • Examine the subject terms and keywords used in the articles you discover. If they appear relevant, consider incorporating them into your search terms. Should your results be too extensive, add supplementary search terms to refine your inquiry further.
  • To search for a specific phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. This ensures the search engine looks for the exact phrase, rather than each word individually. For instance, searching "To be or not to be" will yield that precise phrase, rather than individual words.
  • To locate a word or phrase within an article PDF, e-book, or webpage, use the CTRL and F keys to open a search box that scans the text within a document. Remember to maintain a formal tone and employ an informative writing style in English throughout your research process.

If you need more, check our advanced guide to Database Search Tips.