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Hiebert Library has more e-books available in its catalog than print books. This guide will help you understand how to use them most effectively.

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Using E-Books

E-books are books that exist in digital form, and are readable on computers or other electronic devices. Hiebert Library has more e-books in its collection than it does print books, so this is a very important part of the resources available to our library users.All of our e-books are available simply by clicking on a link from your search results list. After performing a search, you will often see results for e-books, which include a link for you to click.

Once you click on this link, you will be taken to the e-book provider's website, where you will be able to view the book. You will not be required to download any additional software or apps in order to view it.

ProQuest E-Book Central

Most of our e-books are available through ProQuest. They have an excellent set of tutorials explaining how to use e-books on their site. We recommend that you read the tutorials for the online reader and the bookshelf. A video tutorial also is available.

Creating your own personal ProQuest account is an excellent idea, since it allows you to save e-books for future use, highlight text, and make notes in books. Read the bookshelf guide (linked above) for instructions on creating an account. Once you've created an account, we recommend that you bookmark the page for easy access later. You can also find a login link on the library home page (click on the Library Resources tab to find it).

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust offers millions of books digitized from libraries around the world. Hiebert Library has links to some of these full-text resources available in its online catalog. Most of these are older books no longer protected by copyright. Because they are quite old, these books may not be ideal for most current research, but often provide a useful historical perspective on various topics.

Limiting your search results to show only e-books

In some cases, you may want to see search results that show only e-books. Once you've gotten a results list for your search term(s) from the discovery service, look for a gray box on the left side of the screen, entitled "Refine by." From that list, click on Library Catalog. Then, look down the box to the section labeled Format. You should see an option for E-BOOK there (click on more if you don't see it in the initial list). Click on E-BOOK, and you'll have a results list showing nothing but electronic books.

Finding other free e-books on the Web

There are numerous other sources of free digitized books on the Web. Many of the these books are in the public domain, and therefore usually quite old. While they aren't always the best for current research, they can often be useful when looking for historical perspectives on research topics.