What are eBooks/Audiobooks?
eBooks are cover-to-cover copies of real books, fully digitized and available for online or offline reading (via download). EbscoHost offers a comprehensive collection of eBooks, making it possible for you to access a wide range of research, reference, and reading materials online. In addition, DBU now offers a limited collection of audiobooks, which can be downloaded to your computer or MP3-enabled device.
- Currently, DBU students and faculty have access to over 52,000 eBook titles.
- eBooks are easy to use and are accessible from any location with web access.
- DBU’s collection features recently published books covering popular and scholarly topics.
- Classic works of literature and history (over 3,000 titles) are also accessible.
Searching for an eBook
Enter your search term(s) in the box(es) provided. You may search for titles, authors, subjects, or even ISBN numbers. “Select a field (optional)” is similar to a keyword search.
If desired you may place limits on your search. For example, you may wish to retrieve only those books that are available for download. Or you may choose to limit your results to books published within a specified time frame.
The results of your search will be displayed below the search field boxes.
- Any limits placed on the search will display in the left sidebar. If necessary, the limits may be revised at any time by unchecking boxes, or selecting “Show more.”
- Select the “eBook Full Text” link to begin reading online, or select the “Download (Offline)” link to save the book for offline reading. You must have an EbscoHost account to download (see below).
- For more information about the book, or to access Ebsco’s convenient online tools, click the book title.
Reading an eBook:
Selecting the eBook Full Text link will display the book in an e-reader format.
- The Table of Contents will appear to the left. Click the + sign to expand the contents. Click on the chapter or subchapter titles to jump directly to that page.
- Any illustrations or special formatting contained in the original book will be retained in the digitized version.
- Use the forward and back arrows to “turn the page.” Use the magnifying-glass icons to increase or decrease text size.
- Roll your mouse over the icons in the toolbar to see what they represent:
- Search within: allows you to search within the text of the selected book for specific words or phrases.
- Create note: allows you to write a note regarding anything you may see on that page – for example: “Good quote in paragraph 2.” The notes you create are private and only seen by you. (requires personal account – see below)
- Dictionary: find definitions for unfamiliar words.
- Print: opens a print dialogue box where you may specify which pages you would like to print. Most publishers will allow 40-60 pages of printing per book (some less). The allowed amount will be displayed.
- Email: send pages from the book, or the citation information about the book, to yourself or others.
- Add to folder: add a link to the book to your folder (requires personal account – see below).
- Cite: get the bibliographic citation for the book in APA, MLA, or Turabian formats. Copy and paste into your bibliography or works cited list.
- Export: send the citation information to third-party bibliographic software, such as EndNote or RefWorks.
- Permalink: obtain a sustainable link to the book (will not work from off-campus).
- Bookmark: display a link to the book in selected social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
In order to download an ebook, add it to your folder, or create notes, you must first establish a personal account with Ebsco. The account is free and easy to acquire.
- Click the “Sign In” link at the top right of the screen.
- Select the “Create a New Account” link.
- Submit the information requested and create your own unique username and password. A good idea is to use your DBU username and password, because you’re not likely to forget them and they should be unique to you.
- Once you’ve created your free account, you may return to browsing or reading. When you are logged in, click the folder icon at the top right to view the books you have saved. If a list of articles appears instead of eBooks, select “eBooks” from the “My Folder” list on the left. (Note: articles will appear if you also have an account with Ebsco for their article collections.)
Once you’ve established your personal account, you are ready to download eBooks.
- Click on the “Download (Offline)” icon.
- Select the number of days you wish to have access to the book (1 – 7).
- If you have not already done so, download the free Adobe Digital Editions software by clicking the link under “Viewing Requirements.”
- Click the “Checkout and Download” button.
- Your browser will prompt you to either open or save the downloaded file.
- To read the book offline, open the Adobe Digital Editions program saved on your computer. The downloaded book will appear.
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