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How to find an Electronic Book

How to find an Electronic Book?

An electronic book is a book that has been scanned or otherwise transcribed into 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 netLibrary , EEBO (Early English Books Online) and other sources. You can call these books up on the Internet computer you are using and read them from the screen, section by section or page by page. It is usually not possible to print out an entire book in one print run.

Electronic books owned by Killam Library are listed in the TAMIU WorldCat Local. To limit your search to electronic books, click the Limits button in the lower right corner of the search box. Then select Electronic Books as a Location (second menu) and click the Set Limits button at the bottom of the screen. RIO will send you back to the search screen and inform you that search limits are in effect. Search limits will only affect title and keyword (Boolean or relevance) searches, not author or subject searches. Therefore, if you want an electronic book by or about William Shakespeare (for example), set your limits as detailed above and then make a keyword Boolean search or keyword relevance search for Shakespeare. If you want to stop limiting your searches to electronic books, return to the search screen and click the Limits button with the eraser on it (the one on the right) to turn off the limits.

Once you have retrieved a record for an electronic book in the RIO catalog, you will see a line in the record that says “An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information.” That line is a link - click it and your browser will take you directly to that book in netLibrary or another vendor. If the book is in netLibrary, you will have an option to check it out temporarily for your personal use, in addition to being able to read it from the screen immediately (which netLibrary calls “browsing”). To check out a netLibrary book, you will need to set up an individual user account in netLibrary. Click on Create an Account in the box on the right side of the netLibrary page and follow the instructions. There is no charge for this account.

For more details about how to use netLibrary and electronic books in general, check out our netLibrary tutorial.

Many of the electronic books owned or accessible by Killam Library are not listed in the RIO catalog. They are available at the following sites:

  • netLibrary

    There are three collections of electronic books available to TAMIU patrons in netLibrary. There is a small collection (about 2,000) which Killam Library purchased exclusively for TAMIU users, a larger shared collection which we own in conjunction with other libraries in the AMIGOS consortium, and a large public collection of books that are out of copyright (published before 1926) and available free of charge to the general public. Most of the books in the TAMIU collection concern business and international trade; the shared collection covers a wide range of subjects; and the public collection specializes in literature, history, and other subject areas where books don’t go out of date. The netLibrary search screen prompts you to include or disinclude the books in the public collection. More information about netLibrary is available above and in the our netLibrary tutorial.

  • EEBO (Early English Books Online)

    Includes the texts of over 125,000 books published in English between 1475 and 1700. These include works of literature and music, prayer books, reference books, official proclamations, and much more. Accessing the items in EEBO requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, but the introductory page of EEBO provides a link for downloading that utility free of charge.

  • Internet Public Library

    Established by the University of Michigan School of Information as a premier and model site for the provision of library services featuring online sources to the Internet, the IPL includes over 17,000 electronic books in addition to a huge number of other useful electronic resources. To search for electronic books in the IPL, click Online Texts (under Collections) on the introductory page.

  • Project Gutenberg

    The original electronic books site, includes thousands of electronic versions of books in the public domain (published before 1926) which were transcribed or otherwise digitized by volunteers. All of these books are in the netLibrary public collection, but some users find the Project Gutenberg site easier to use, particularly for downloading, and you won‘t need to go through the proxy server.