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Help Using the Library: Find eBooks

View step-by-step instructions for finding books, eBooks, and articles, accessing online databases, requesting items from other campuses or colleges, and more.

How to Find and Access eBooks

To find an eBook owned by the SJR State Library, search the Library Catalog. You must be logged in to access eBooks.  

1. Type in a title, an author's name, or some keywords that describe the information you're looking for.

2. Select what type of search you want to do:

Keyword will search for your keywords anywhere they appear in a record.

Title will search for your keywords ONLY in the title field of a record.

Author will search for your keywords ONLY in the author's name field of a record.

Subject Heading will search for your keywords ONLY in the LC Subject Headings that were assigned to that record. Subject Headings are words or phrases that are consistently used in library catalogs worldwide to describe what an item is about. They do not always use the most popular words to describe things though, so if a Subject Heading search returns 0 results don't quit - do an Anywhere search instead. 

Series searches are tricky. Unless you already know what to do with one, don't use this option. 

ISBN searches are useful if you have the ISBN of a book for which you want an exact copy. ISBN searches will not find other editions of the same title, so only use it when you want the exact edition of a book. 

3. To access an eBook from your results, click on the "St. Johns River: Click here to view this eBook. Access is restricted to valid borrowers." link. Valid borrowers include current SJR State students, faculty, staff, and Trustees.

If you need further assistance, please contact a librarian at any SJR State campus.

eBook Features

eBook Features
The Basics: When searching for eBooks, be sure to search only SJR State’s holdings. We do not have access to other colleges’ or universities’ eBooks. Most of the eBook titles in the collection are in PDF format. This means the pages do not reflow (change to accommodate the size of your screen). While this makes reading the titles on an ereader or phone difficult, it also means that the page numbers remain correct when citing sources. The page numbers also correspond with the paper version of the book. Always choose PDF if another format is available. Avoid EPUB files. The eBook titles available via EBSCO are not downloadable. Most allow sections to be emailed although there are page limits that vary from title to title. Some titles allow the user to copy and paste text from the eBook, while others restrict that function. The information about these types of access can be found on each record page, as described later in this tutorial.
From the results list Click on the title to see more information about it.
What is this ebook about? Check the table of contents, notes and subjects. Click the link at the top to access the book. This will take you into EBSCO.
Look at the publisher's permission field to see how much you can print or email.  To read the book click PDF full text. The page numbers in the pdf are the same as the print version.
screen shot of the reading pane
To navigate in the book use the table of contents menu. Some eBook’s Table of Contents are compressed into Parts. To see the chapters, click on the small triangle to uncompress the list.
Once n the book Use the directional arrows on the bottom of the reading pane to change the pages or just scroll down. The pages may take a minute to load but the whole text is available by scrolling.
To find content within the book faster, use the search feature on the top left corner.
After you do a search, The system will create a list that describes how many times the search terms are found in a give section of the book. In this example, Part 1 has 405 instances of the search terms. Chapter 1 has 25, Chapter 2 has 55, and so on. Open each area’s compressed list to see how many per page and select pages to jump to.
email screen. Be sure your email account can handle large files. Your SJR State student email account should be fine.
Screen shot of print screen. The Print function has the same Page Limit features presented on the email function.
Each ebook has a permalink if you wish to access it directly later. Highlight, copy, and paste the Permalink into a Word document or the body of an email for access later. You will need to be logged into the Catalog through MySJRstate before clicking on the link. If collecting materials this way, it can be helpful to annotate each link with a description of the eBook or article it is connected to for organizational reasons.
Click the citation feature on the toolbar for a basic citation. This can be used to preview what your citation will look like if emailed with a section of the book. Scroll through the list to find the appropriate example. Pay attention to how the eBook is being cited. Many times in the types of books used for research, each chapter is written by a different author(s). The citation provided will not include such information. Check the beginning of the chapter to see.
In this example, there are 2 authors for this chapter. Gather the two names and the chapter title for a correct citation. Check with you instructor and consult your textbook about proper citation format.
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