E-books (electronic books) are the digital equivalent of conventional printed books; some are “born electronic,” and some have been digitized.
The vast number of e-books available through the Library and on the web is almost matched by the number of ways to access these materials.
Individual titles purchased by the Library can be accessed through traditional searches of the Library Catalogue, such as keyword, subject or title searches. You can then limit your search to material type: e-books. To get a list of the more than 11,000 e-books in our collection, try a keyword search for “electronic books.”
The Library also provides access to hundreds of thousands of e-books through subscription-based resources such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); Early Canadiana Online; SpringerLink; and Literature Online (LION). Freely available e-book collections include Project Gutenberg, NetLibrary and Google Books.
E-books are especially useful for reference materials because related articles can be cross-referenced using hyperlinks. The Library provides access to hundreds of dictionaries and encyclopedias through our Credo Reference database as well as to individual titles such as the Oxford English Dictionary and Encyclopedia Britannica.While reading an entire book on a computer screen takes some getting used to, there are many advantages to e-books:
• No physical boundaries – you can access them wherever the internet is available;
• Round-the-clock availability;
• Multiple access – the same resources can be used at the same time by several users;
• Text searching – you are not limited to the back-of-the-book index to find specific passages in the book; you can search for keywords within the entire text of the book.
Next time you look at our burgeoning bookshelves, think of the vast number of e-books that are invisible until you call them up on your computer screen.
For additional information, please contact your subject liaison librarian or ask at the Information & Research Assistance Desk.
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