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E-Books

Learn how to use ebooks at UMW Libraries.

Ebook Databases

Important Information on ebook Protection

You should know that some of our ebooks are protected by digital rights management (DRM). This protection is used to control access to ebooks, such as limiting how many pages can be copied or printed, or how long an ebook can be "checked out." Adobe Digital Editions is the software that is often used for DRM and Bluefire is one app that can support DRM-protected ebooks. Read more about Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire in the Downloading Ebooks to Different Devices section.

Reading Ebooks Online

Many ebooks can be read online using a browser, though this can depend on which database you are using. If you are using a database that allows you to read the ebook in your browser, there should be a link that says "Read Online" or "Start Reading." Clicking this should take you to a PDF page for you to read the ebook.  You may also be able to download ebooks for offline reading.

ebrary


Features Include:

Personal Accounts

  • create a personal account to annotate books and save titles to your bookshelf
  • organize books and annotations to folders

Annotations

  • highlight text and write notes (color code yellow, blue, and pink)
  • bookmark important pages
  • share annotations with others

Copying and Printing

  • print individual pages, page ranges (up to 60) and entire chapters
  • copy words, paragraphs, or entire pages and copy and paste them into another application, such as an email or word processing file

Additional Help:

ebrary Quick Start Guide

EBSCO ebooks


Features Include:

  • built-in dictionary

Personal Accounts:

  • create a personal account to make notes and save titles to your folder
  • works across all EBSCOhost databases

Annotations:

  • write text notes
  • comment and bookmark

Copying and Printing:

  • print individual pages, page ranges (up to 60), and entire chapters
  • copy words, paragraphs, or entire pages and paste them into another application, such as an email or word processing file

Additional Help:

EBSCO ebook user guide

In-depth EBSCO ebook help