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A basic introduction to Barbour Library's available eBooks.


The Barbour Library has recently begun adding electronic books (eBooks) to its library collection. Currently, all of our eBooks in the CALVIN catalog are through the EBSCO eBook Collection. This collection is small but actively growing, and there are even eBook commentaries available. We also have eBooks available in the JSTOR and Early English Books Online (EEBO) databases. Use this guide for instruction on finding and reading our eBooks.

Finding eBooks

Finding eBooks in the Catalog

Search results in the library catalog can be limited to show only eBooks by performing an Advanced Keyword Search and limiting by material type. To perform an Advance Keyword Search, use the Library Catalog link under Research on the library homepage rather than the Catalog Search box. In the dropdown box under Guided Search and Advanced Search Options, choose Advanced Keyword Search (shown below).


Now choose EBOOK in the dropdown box next to Material Type (shown below).


Once you have chosen eBook as your material type, enter your relevant search terms in the top box. Alternately, you may browse the library's full eBook collection by entering an asterisk as shown in the image above. All items generated from your search will have a status that indicates they are online. Once you have chosen a book, click on the title link to view the book's record. Then, click on View Electronic Resource (PTS users only) and choose either PDF or EPUB Full text to begin reading.

Finding eBooks Through a Database

Visit the EBSCO eBook Collection tab on this page for instructions on searching the collection through the database interface. Visit the EEBO and JSTOR tabs for introductions to those collections.

You may also want to investigate the Credo Reference and Oxford Handbooks databases. Those items are not currently cataloged as eBooks, but contain similar electronic resources.

eBook Access

At this time, the Barbour eBook collection is available for online reading only. Titles are not available for checkout or download, which enables us to provide greater accessibility to multiple users.

Anyone on campus can access the eBook collection. Off-campus accessibility is only provided to PTS students, faculty, staff, and alums, and requires the use of a remote access login. For more information on logging in from off campus to use any of the library's electronic resources, see Remote Access: Library Account & Databases.


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