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E-Books

This guide describes the many e-book resources available through the NCU Library and how to use them.

Reading Instructions by Database

Credo Reference

Credo e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the chapter or entry link to access the full text.

Screenshot of book contents in Credo Reference.

Ebook Central

Note that it is not necessary to download a book in Ebook Central in order to read it. Ebook Central e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the Read Online button to read the full text online using the Ebook Central Reader, as shown below. This is the simplest way to read a book in Ebook Central as it does not require any software or reading app downloads.

Screenshot of book landing page in Ebook Central with arrow pointing to the Read Online button.

The Ebook Central Reader was developed with extensive input from researchers, with intuitive navigation to help you quickly find popular features. The default view includes an expandable Table of Contents, a robust Search Within feature, relevancy ranked search terms by chapter, and a navigation tool bar in the content pane.

Screenshot of a full text book in Ebook Central.

Screenshot of a full-text book in Ebook Central with search terms highlighted.

1. Book Details

View your print and copy allowances.

2. Annotations Icon

View your highlights, notes and bookmarks.

3. Search Within Book

Type your search term into the search box, making sure to put phrases in quotes. Search results are displayed with frequency bars next to each chapter. Select the chapter name to see the results per page and contextual snippets of text.

4. Book Download  

Downloading a book is an easy 3-step process to computers, tablets, and phones.

5. Chapter Download

Download a chapter to PDF. Text is searchable and selectable, and a citation is included. Pages included in your Chapter Download are counted as part of your overall print allowances. 

6. Copy

Copy the whole page by selecting the copy icon in the navigation toolbar. To copy text within a page, select your text and use the copy icon in the pop-up menu.

7. Print

Create a PDF of a page, or a range of pages that can be printed or saved, and which includes a citation of the book. Printed pages are counted as part of your overall print allowances. 

8. Add to Bookshelf

Save this book to your online bookshelf. If you have already added the title, the icon will be disabled.

9. Share Link

Copy a URL to this page in the book, which you may share with others at your institution. 

10. Cite

Create a citation from your choice of styles: APA, Chicago/Turabian - Notes-Bibliography, Chicago/Turabian - Author-Date, Harvard, MLA, or Vancouver. If you have a preferred citation style, you may set that preference in Settings.

11. Search Terms by Chapter and Page

Expand the Table of Contents to see search terms by chapter and page and click in the contextual snippet of text to navigate to that page.

12. Zoom Options

Zoom in (+), zoom out (-), fit to width, or fit to page.

13. Go To Page

To navigate to a specific page in the book, click on top of the page number and enter your desired page.

14. Previous/Next

Move backward or forward through a book one page at a time.

15. Settings

Reset your password, change your default citation style, and more.

EBSCOhost

EBSCO e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the PDF Full Text link to access the full text.

Screenshot of the detailed record screen in EBSCO with the PDF Full Text link highlighted.

 

You can navigate by clicking on the hyperlinked chapters in the table of contents, or by clicking the advance buttons at the bottom of the page. The EBSCO options to save, send, cite, etc. are still available on the right. 

Screenshot of a PDF full-text book in EBSCO with the Contents highlighted.

IGI Global

IGI Global e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the PDF or HTML buttons next to the chapter or section you would like to read in order to access the full text.

Screenshot of the table of contents for a book in IGI Global.

 

PsychiatryOnline

PsychiatryOnline e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the chapter or entry link to access the full text.

Screenshot of a book in PsychiatryOnline.

SAGE

SAGE e-books can be read instantly within any Internet browser. After locating a book, simply click on the chapter or entry link to access the full text.

Screenshot of encyclopedia in SAGE Knowledge.