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Using eBooks

The Basics

Library Services eBooks

Library Services offers thousands of ebooks that Springfield College students, professors, and staff may access for free. This guide will help you know what to expect when you open one up and start reading it. If you have any questions, or if something doesn't work the way you would expect, feel free to contact Library Services for help!

 

ProQuest Ebook Central eBooks

What is ProQuest Ebook Central?

ProQuest is the company from which we get most of our ebooks. This is the type of ebook you're most likely to run into. They're also pretty easy to use! 

 

 

The Ebook Central starting page:

ProQuest Ebook Central Interface

 

     

Sections on the Ebook Central starting page

1. This area offers some basic information about the book. (You can find more basic information in the "Bibliographic Info" box on the right.)

2. This area allows you to jump straight to specific sections or chapters in the book.

3. The "Read Online" button is how you start reading the book, beginning with the front cover. You can also download it, though that can be quite a process sometimes, so I recommend reading it online if you can.

 

 

Reading an Ebook Central ebook:

Reading an Ebook

 

     

Sections when reading an Ebook Central ebook:

1. These are the pages. Scroll down to finish the page or to view more pages.

2. This scroll bar allows you to very quickly zip through the pages of the book. You can also use the left and right arrows just above it to flip back and forward from page to page.

3. This allows you to quickly jump to a specific chapter or section, and also allows you to search within the book, which can be very useful if you're looking for certain information.

4. These are a variety of tools that make the book more useful or easier to read. In particular, it can be nice to highlight, add notes, or zoom in and out as needed.

 

Ebsco eBooks

What is Ebsco?

Ebsco is the company we get most of our article databases from, but we also get quite a few ebooks from them. They're not quite as common as Ebrary ebooks, but you may still run into them.


The Ebsco starting page:

EBSCO Ebook interface

 

     

Sections on the Ebsco starting page

1. This area offers some basic information about the book. 

2. This area allows you to jump straight to specific sections or chapters in the book.

3. The "PDF Full Text" button is how you start reading the book, beginning with the front cover or first page. You can also download it, though that can be quite a process sometimes, so I recommend reading it online if you can.

 

     

Reading an Ebsco ebook:

Reading EBSCO ebook

 

     

Sections when reading an Ebsco ebook:

1. This allows you to flip pages

2. These tools allow you to zoom in and out on the page.

3. This scrollbar allows you to scroll down the page you're currently on.

 

     

Other Library Services eBooks

What other ebook types does Library Services offer?

Library Services' collection includes several types of ebook aside from the two explained above. These are currently very uncommon in our collection, and it's not very likely that you'll run into them while searching our resources. That said, if you need help using these (or any other type of ebook), feel free to get in touch with us!