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How to find an Electronic Book

An electronic book is a book that is in electronic format, so that it can be transmitted, read, and printed in full text on the Internet. Killam Library has purchased thousands of electronic books through EBSCOebrary, and other sources. You can call these books up on the computer and read them from the screen, section by section or page by page. Most electronic books can be searched by keyword as well as the usual methods (table of contents, index, etc.). It is usually not possible to print an entire ebook in one print run, but you can print selected pages.

Many of the electronic books owned by Killam Library are listed in the TAMIU WorldCat Local. To limit your search to electronic books, select eBooks Collection from the pull-down menu labeled "Limit to" directly below the search bar. Search limits only affect title and keyword searches, not author or subject searches. Therefore, if you want to find an electronic book by or about William Shakespeare (for example), Limit to eBooks Collection and then make sure you use an Author Keyword or Subject Keyword search, not an Author Browse or Subject search.

Once you have retrieved a record for an electronic book in the Killam Library Catalog, you will see one of two lines in the record: one that says, "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web: click for information," or one that says "Connect to this title online." Either of those lines is a link - click it and your browser will take you directly to that book in the ebook database. You will begin at the descriptive record, but the options on the left of the screen allow you to open the table of contents or the full text of the book itself. In the full text, you can flip pages using the arrows at the bottom of the screen. At the right of the screen are additional options, including keyword search, printing, emailing (record only, not the whole book) and citing. If you want to create an account so you can download books, click on Sign In.

Many of the electronic books owned or accessible by Killam Library are not listed in the Killam Library Catalog. Links to other databases you can search for electronic books are on the Finding Books page.


Project Gutenberg is a public sire which includes thousands of electronic versions of books in the public domain (published before 1926) which were transcribed or otherwise digitized by volunteers.

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