Welcome to the eBooks LibGuide.
eBooks are like, well, books - only electronic. In many cases these digital copies look exactly like the original book.
But not always. Some eBooks more closely resemble databases. This is often true of encyclopedias and dictionaries where you look up a topic and only see the relevant results - never the entire book.
- Some eBooks look exactly like the original - some don't.
- Some eBooks can be read "cover to cover" - some can't.
- Some eBooks can be downloaded - some can't.
- Some eBooks are free - some aren't.
- Most eBooks can be found using the Library Catalog - but not all.
- Most eBooks can be found using OneSearch - but not all.
- Most eBooks can be searched word by word - but not all.
- Many eBooks come with bells and whistles that let you take notes, bookmark passages, generate citations, etc. - but not all.
Confused? Well, that's why we have created this LibGuide. Most of your answers can be found here, and if they can't, use the Survey Box to the right to ask your question, and we will update the LibGuide to include the answer.
Two Kinds of eBooks
eBooks tend to fall into two categories - those you read cover to cover and those you access to find an answer.
In the second category, you get in, you find your answer, and you get out. This type of eBook includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbook, guides, etc. When using them you may never see the entire book. Instead, the eBook's search engine will only retrieve the relevant articles or passages identified in your search. This kind of eBook acts more like a database than a book.
Compare the different reading / searching-within-text experience of these two eBooks.
An eBook to Read -Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Becher Stowe.
An eBook to Access - Britannica Online Encyclopedia