Tips for Using eBooks on EBSCOhost

All you need is a few tips and you'll be on your way to using this great resource.

What's in "eBooks on EBSCOhost" and how do I use it?
eBooks on EBSCOhost is a collection of eBooks that you can view in your browser, instead of downloading to a device. There are some fiction books, but it's primarily a non-fiction collection. It also works better as a browsing collection. This means that you'll have more success by starting with a category or by using broad search terms, instead of looking for something more specific.

For example, let's start by looking at the History category. There are over 2,000 books in History, so we'll need to start narrowing that down. There are several tools on the left side of the screen that'll help us narrow. You can narrow by the date published, subjects or categories. These are called limiters. I'm going to use the subject limiter first. You can click on "Show more" to bring up all the subjects available. Let's state with "texas-biography." Just click the box next to the subject, and then click the "Update" button. You can see how results are being narrowed in this box up here. Keep using the limiters to keep narrowing down.

Once you find the book that you want to look at, click on the "eBook full text" link below its description. This brings up a page-by-page digital version of the book.

From here, there are several ways you can navigate through the book. You can use these arrows down at the bottom to go page by page. You can also use the Table of Contents to go to a certain section or a chapter.

There are more tools on the right side of the screen. This magnifying glass icon will let you look for a word in the book. Just type in the word, press the "Search" button, and then look through the results. Click on the result and it'll go to that page. You can also print or email up to 60 pages of the book.

If you want to make an account with EBSCO, you can do so through this "Sign in" link. Once you're signed in, you can add books to your folder with the folder icon. You can also add notes that EBSCO will remember. Another good tool is the "Cite" icon. This brings up a list of different citation styles. Once you find the right style, highlight the citation, right click, and click copy. Then you can just paste it in your work.

Use these tips to get started with eBooks on EBSCOhost and feel free to keep exploring what this great resource has to offer!