Find and Use E-Books?
Cowles Library provides access to tens of thousands of full-text electronic books. They are mostly recently published, research-quality titles.
All e-books can be viewed with a current browser on Mac or PC. See the table below for information about mobile viewing and downloading to e-readers.
Major E-Book Collections
|EBL (E-Book Library)|
|Yes||Yes||Download requires free Adobe Digital Editions.
Mobile requires free BlueFire Reader app.
|EBSCO eBook Collection|
|Yes||Yes||Download requires Adobe Digital Editions.
Mobile requires BlueFire Reader.
Mac users may need an in-browser PDF viewer; EBSCO recommends the Schubert-it plugin.
|Springer 2013 Collection|
|Yes, as a PDF||Yes, as a PDF||Many titles offer MyCopy, which allows you to buy a softcover b&w copy of the book for $24.99.|
|Yes, by page range.||In-browser viewing only.||Download requires Adobe Digital Editions.
Full title downloads are not available.
|Yes, by chapter as a PDF||Yes, by chapter as a PDF||Full title downloads are not available.|
Cowles Library has access to several large collections of online encyclopedias and a number of online Reference Books. The large collections are:
- CREDO Reference (244 titles)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (100+ titles)
- Oxford Reference Online (100+ titles)
Smaller collections of online reference works are available as part of the following:
- African-American Studies Center
- AMA Manual of Style
- Black Studies Center
- Britannica Online
- Cambridge Histories Online
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online
- Encyclopedia of Associations
- Facts & Comparisons
- In the First Person
- Mental Measurements Yearbook
- Original Sources
- Oxford Art Online
- Oxford Islamic Studies Online
- Oxford Music Online
- United States Serials Set