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eBooks: The platforms we have and their features: EBSCO eBook Collection

This guide shows the various eBook platforms that Campbell subscribes to and the features that each have.

EBSCO eBook Collection Features

As you look at the screenshot you will notice that there is a blue box, an orange box, and a yellow box, these are just to highlight features, they are not on the actual screen.  

Let's start by looking at the features on the left side of the screen.  Basically they relate to how you want to view the text.  You have the choice of viewing the text as a PDF or an EPUB document.  As a general rule, PDF format is better to use on a computer while the EPUB is better to use on an eBook reader.  The biggest difference in the format is that PDF will let you scroll throughout the entire book using the mouse wheel or curser keys.  EPUB will let you scroll through a chapter, but won't let you go between chapters.

The Full Download option will let you download the book up to a set amount of time.  You can't download a book unless you create a Free account with EBSCO.  The easiest way to create an account is through your Google account (also known as your Campbell email).  You can also create an account from scratch using your name, email, and a secret question.  Once you create an account you can login and download eBooks for a period of time.  The time period varies by book, for this book the longest that I can download the book for is 7 days.  If you are downloading to a PC they recommend downloading the PDF version, if you are downloading to a mobile device they recommend the EPUB version.

Now let's look at the options on the right side of the screen.  These mainly deal with options for citing the book, leaving a note about the book, or getting back to the book later.  Most of the names describe what the link does fairly well. 

Google Drive will let you save pages to your Google Drive space.  Before you use this feature you need to sign in to your Google Account and giver permission for EBSCO to be able to make modifications to it (they have to, to be able to save the pages to it).  This feature is mainly useful in the text of the book.

Add to Folder will let you save the book title to a folder that you can refer to later while browsing EBSCO eBooks.  You can email this link to yourself later so you can return to the book at a later time.

Print will print out the Detailed Record screen.  This could be helpful if you need to correct the citation for the eBook at a later time.

Save will save the link to the book so you can get back to it later.  You can also set up the save to also save the citation of the book for later.

Cite will show you what the citation for the book looks like in a variety of styles.  Keep in mind that these citations are done electronically and that you need to check to make sure that they are correct. 

Export will send citation information to Refworks so that you can add it to a Refworks folder.  For more information on Refworks go to https://guides.lib.campbell.edu/refworksnew.

Create Note will allow you make a note that will be associated with the eBook.  Unless you sign in (look at the description of downloading the book) the note will not be saved after you close your browser.

Permalink creates a permanent link that you can refer others to the book.

At the bottom of the screen there is a section called Publisher Permissions.  This will tell you what the publisher of the book will allow in terms of printing, saving, and emailing.  In this case you can print, save, and email 100 pages per session.  You also have a limited ability to copy and paste from the book.

When you are reading the text of the eBook, different options become available to you.

If you look at the options in the blue box, they are similar to the ones on the item information screen, there are two differences though.  One, instead of referring to the book as a whole, they refer to the content of the book, so when it says print or save it is referring to the content of the book.  The second difference is that there is a dictionary option.  If you click this link a search box comes up where you can type in a word that you need defined.  The definitions come from a general dictionary and are geared for the general public, so if you need a technical definition you will need to go to a subject dictionary. On the right side of the screen is an option to download the book.  Again, you will need to sign in an EBSCO account that you can create for free to use this option.  If you choose to sign in you will be given the options of downloading a PDF version or an EPUB version.

On the left side of the screen there is a scrolling panel that has a picture of the cover of the book you are reading and the table of contents.  Above the cover of the book there are three options Contents, Search within, and My Notes. 

If Contents is selected (and is the default option) you will see a picture of the cover of the book along with the author, the date of publication, and the publisher permissions (which shows how much you can print).  Below this you will see the table of contents for the book.  If you select a chapter, the text will go to the first page of that chapter.  To the right of the chapter, there is an icon where you can download that chapter to your computer, the only download option here is a PDF version of the chapter.

If you select Search within, a search box will appear where you can search for terms within the entire book.  If the term is in the book all of the places where the term appears will be listed by page number.  The term will be highlighted and will appear with the text around it so that you can have an idea of the context that the term is being used in.  If you click on one of the results, you will be taken to that page.  Think of this as being similar to the index in the back of a print book.

The last option is My Notes.  This allows you to make notes as your are reading the book.  Notes can be viewed by date the note was made, or by page number.  Notes will not be saved between sessions with your book unless you sign in to your EBSCOhost account.

Tutorials about EBSCO eBooks