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Electronic Books

Electronic books (or eBooks) are just like books that are in print, except that they are read using an electronic device like a computer or a handheld reading device. 

Most electronic books are also published in print, and are in fact regular books.  Many books are now published in print and electronic form.  Wireless reading devices like the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle allow for convenient access to electronic books.

At Madisonville Community College, you have access to over 60,000 electronic books through a database that the library subscribes to, called "eBooks on EBSCOhost."  Books on this database must be read on a computer.


1) Searching eBooks

eBooks on EBSCOhost basic search screen

When conducting a basic search in eBooks on EBSCOhost, there are different ways to limit your searching.  The default method is to have eBooks on EBSCOhost find all of your search terms.  When you search, the website will look inside every book to look for instances that contain all of your search terms.  That means if you did a search for "hot dog," it would try and find books that have "hot" in them, and books that have "dog" in them—both search terms. 

Another way to search is to have eBooks on EBSCOhost find any of your search terms.  That means if you did a search for "hot dog," it would try and find books that have "hot" in them, or books that have "dog" in them, but not necessarily both at the same time. 

Another way is to do a SmartText search.  With a SmartText search, you can type in a phrase or a sentence and see if it can find what you are looking for.


2) Search Results

eBooks on EBSCOhost search results screen

When you are taken to the search results screen, the eBooks are all sorted automatically by relevance.  This means that the eBooks most relevant to your search terms will be at the top of the list.  You will be shown the eBook's title, author, and publication information, as well as a list of subjects related to the eBook.  

Clicking on the eBook's title will take you to the eBook's record (information about the book.)  Clicking where it says "eBook full text" will take you to the eBook itself.


3) Reading an eBook

Reading an eBook on EBSCOhost

When you open an eBook on your screen, the eBook will load on the right side of the screen.  Sometimes it can take a few seconds for the eBook to load completely. 

On the left side of the screen, you will see the following:

1) A link to the book's detailed record.  This is important if you want to find information about your eBook, like who wrote it and who published it.

2) Some basic information about the eBook: Title, author, and year.

3) The table of contents.  The table of contents breaks down the eBook into its chapters or parts.  You can click on a chapter title and the computer will take you to the first page of that chapter.

At the bottom, below the book, you have the option to do the following:

1) Zoom in and out (the magnifying glass).

2) Flip to the next or previous page (the arrows) or type in a page number.

On the right side of the screen, you will see a number of tool icons.  Here are some of the important ones:

1) Search within.  This icon looks like a page with a magnifying glass.  It allows you to type in search terms that it will find inside the eBook.

2) Print.  This icon looks like a printer.  eBooks on EBSCOhost allows you to print about 60 pages of an eBook.  The reason you can't print the whole eBook is due to copyright laws.

3) Email.  This icon looks like a letter.  Email up to 60 pages of an eBook to yourself or somebody else.

4) Cite.  This looks like a golden piece of paper.  Clicking here will pop up a box that will show you what a detailed citation of the eBook would look like, in APA, MLA, or a different citation style.

If you need help accessing and using the eBooks, please contact the library.

How do I log onto the library's resources?

To access the library's online resources, you must log in using your MCC username and password.


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