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E-books at UC Libraries

This guide provides an overview if e-books in UC collections and online. Learn to find and read e-books.

Finding E-books with Summon

To find e-book with Summon, the library user-friendly search engine, go to the Advanced Search. The link is available on the library home page in the red search box.

Enter your search term(s). From the "Show content type" drop-down menu select "Book/eBook." Under "Show only" check the box for "Items with full text online."

Summon advanced search box with e-books options selected

On the results page click on the link for the book full text (there may be more than one).

Finding E-books in the Library Catalog

One way of finding e-books is by searching the Library catalog.

On the UC Libraries library home page ( click the Books tab in the red search box. Click "Advanced Search."

Catalog search box with the Advanced Search option

  • Enter your search term(s).
  • From the "Material type" drop-down menu select "book."
  • From the "Limit all future searches to:" drop-down menu select "Online Books, Databases, and Journals."
  • Click "Submit" or hit "Enter."

Library catalog keyword search screen with limit options

In the results list click on the title.

Search results for ebooks in the library catalog

You may have more than option for accessing the e-book, including off-campus access.

Catalog record for an e-book with multiple access options

Databases with E-books

On the UC Libraries library home page ( click the Databases tab in the red search box. Click "Browse Databases."

Databases search box with the Browse Databases option

To see databases that include e-books click "All Database Types" ands select "e-books" from the drop-down menu.

Database menu with e-books highlighted

You can filter further either by selecting a subject from the drop-down menu under "All Subjects" or by typing keywords in "Search for Databases" box.

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