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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.

Reading E-books

E-books are easy to read online using a computer or a mobile device such as an e-book reader, tablet or smart phone. Many e-book databases include the option of searching for keywords or phrases within the book, and some have enhanced features such as animations, video and audio supplements, hyperlinks and built-in dictionaries. 

If you are accessing e-books off-campus, you will be prompted to login for off-campus access. Use your UC login (6+2 and central password).

Borrowing E-books

Different e-book platforms use the terms 'Borrowing', 'Loan', ' Download' or 'Check-Out'. However, this is not the same as borrowing a print book from the shelves.

Choosing one of these options enables you to read an e-book offline for a certain period of time. This could be a week, a day, or an e-book viewing session that finishes when you log off.

If another library owns the e-book you want, it may be possible to request a copy of a chapter or portion of the e-book through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Printing, Copying, and Downloading E-books

Copyright applies to e-books too!  

Various e-book databases have different restrictions on downloading, copying and printing. Some publishers permit downloading portions of an e-book for printing or reading later. Other publishers may only allow reading online.

For advice about using e-books, Ask a Librarian.

Citing E-books

If you use an e-book for your research, you must cite it using the correct format. Use the style specified for your course or discipline, and refer to online guides to citing electronic sources

Some e-book collections, including EBSCOhost and CRCnetBASE, provide a "Cite"/"Cite this book" feature and/or allow you to export the citation details to your RefWorks library.

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