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CPI Library Orientation: eBooks

Free Resources

  • JSTOR - Open Access eBooks and journals from JSTOR and Artstor.

  • National Emergency Library - "books that support emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation" while institutions are closed. 
  • Ohio State University Press - free access to OSU Press eBooks for the duration of the crisis. 
  • Project MUSE - temporarily free content to thousands of eBooks and journal articles. Limit search to "Only content I have access to." 
  • University of Michigan Press - content is free to read until June 30. 


Recently, Barbour Library has begun to increase the number of eBooks in its collection. Most eBooks are available through the library's catalog, and the following steps will teach you how to search for them. There are also some eBooks we have available only through databases. See the eBooks LibGuide for more in-depth instruction on utilizing the full range of available eBooks.

At this time, Barbour Library doesn't offer eBooks for checkout or download but for online reading purposes only. Some vendors allow portions of an eBook to be saved or printed but it varies by publisher.

How to find eBooks

Finding eBooks in the Library's Catalog

To begin finding eBooks through the library's catalog, you will want to conduct an Advanced Keyword Search

1. Go to the library's catalog and under "Guided Search and Advanced Search Options," select Advanced Keyword Search from the dropdown menu or click on the Advanced Search link. 

This will take you to a new search screen.

2. Select EBOOK from the "Material Type" dropdown menu to limit your search results to show only eBooks.

3. Enter in your search term(s) in the top box or enter in an asterisk (*) to browse all eBooks in the library's catalog.

4. Click Submit to view your search results.

5. From the results list to view a book description, click on the title. 

6. On the book's detail page, click on the View Electronic Resource (PTS users only) link to gain access to the eBook. 


Finding eBooks in Databases

You can directly access the majority of the library's eBooks through the catalog including eBooks from the following vendors: EBSCO, Project MUSE, JSTOR, Brill, Liverpool, and Oxford. There are a few eBook collections that aren't available in the library's catalog, including Early English Books Online (EEBO).

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Alyson Pope
Clifford E Barbour Library
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