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How do I access ebooks?

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017  |  684 Views

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You can search for ebooks through our regular catalog, through the SuperSearch tab on the library homepage, or in our list of eBooks A to Z.

Searching for eBooks in the library catalog

  1. On the library homepage, click the "Books" tab.
  2. Enter your search terms. You can find search tips here.
  3. On the search results page, click "Full Access Online" at the top of the page. This will show you only eBooks that match your search terms.
  4. Click "View It" under the book title to view the eBook.
  5. Click the link to the eBook in the window that opens under the book title. Some books may have more than one link.
    Click "View It" to open the window with links to the ebook, then click the link to view the ebook itself
  6. You may need to log in to access the ebook. If you are prompted to log in, use your NetID and password to open the book.

Searching for eBooks in SuperSearch

  1. On the library homepage, enter your search terms in the SuperSearch bar.
  2. On the search results page, find the "Result Type" menu on the left side of the screen. Click "Show More."
  3. Check the "eBooks" box in the window that opens, then click "Update." This will show you only eBooks that match your search terms.
  4. When you find the book you want, click the "Full Text" link.
    1. Books may be available as PDF or EPUB within SuperSearch. You can click these links to read the books in your browser.
    2. Books that are available outside of SuperSearch will have an arrow that says "Full Text." Click this link to find where you can access the book.

eBooks are available as PDFs or EPUBs in SuperSearch, or will be available in a link to another database

Searching for eBooks in eBooks A-Z

On the library homepage, click the "eBooks by Title" link on the Books tab. You have several options for searching and browing eBooks here.

  1. Browse eBooks by title
    1. Use the letter menu at the top of the page. Click the letter that the book starts with.
    2. Use the links below the search bar to find the title of the book.
    3. Click the link below the book title to access the book. You may need to log in with your NetID and password.
  2. Search by title or ISBN
    1. Use the dropdown menu next to the search bar to choose the type of search:
      • Use "Title begins with" if you know the beginning of a title.
      • Use "Title equals" if you know the exact title of a book.
      • Use "Title contains all words" if you know some of the words of the title, but not the beginning of it. All the words need to be in order.
      • Use "ISBN equals" if you know the ISBN of a book.
    2. Enter your search terms (book title or ISBN) in the search bar

    3. Click the link below the book title to access the book. You may need to log in with your NetID and password.
  3. Browse by subject
    1. Use the dropdown menu below the search bar to browse all the books in a particular subject.
      Use the subject menu to browse by topic
    2. Use the links to narrow down your topic by subject heading. Click the subject you are interested in to browse a list of all the books in that subject. Books are listed by title.
    3. Click the link below the book title to access the book. You may need to log in with your NetID and password.

If you are trying to access an eBook and you receive a message that it is in use, it means that the publisher has limited the accessibility of the eBook to one user at a time.  Some other services do not have this limitation. If you receive this or a similar message, you may want to check back later or order a copy of the print book through GIL Express or ILL.

If you need more help with eBooks, please call the research help desk at 470-578-6325 (Kennesaw) or 470-578-7471 (Marietta). 

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  1. If you are using a PC, once you download the book, you must open your Adobe Digital Editions program which you will find under All Programs. You will be able to open your downloaded books from there.
    by Elisabeth Shields on Sep 18, 2013.

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