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Locating and Using Ebooks

NEW VISION

In late March 2019, the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library DOUBLED its book collection with the purchase of the EBSCO Academic Complete Book Collection.

We now have over 180,000 ebooks available to read.

Our goal is to make ebooks available to all our students, whether they are on campus or off campus, give them 24/7 access, the ability to do full-text searching within a book, and, wherever possible, allow for multi-users. The new ebooks complement our print collection while expanding the range of topics and increasing current content.

How to search for Ebooks Using Resource Search

From the Library's homepage (library.fitchburgstate.edu), enter your search terms in the Resource Search box. (Ex. Shakespeare AND women)

Search box with search terms: Shakespeare AND women

From the results page, limit to Books/E-books and Available Online. Click on Available Online to access the ebook. 

Results page limiting to Books/E-books and Available Online

Tips for Searching E-books

 Resource Search  checks for  the keywords you entered in the search box not only in the titles and abstracts but also the full-text of the entire book. This can be helpful when trying to locate relevant passages from a book or book chapters. Sometimes your results may list titles that are not relevant to your search because one of the keywords appeared in the full-text of the book  but not in the context for what you were seeking.

Search Tips for locating e-books in Resource Search. 

1. If looking for a specific title, put the title of the book in quotes.  (e.g. "Taming of the Shrew")

2. To see a list of current books published on your topic, use the date facet along the left side of the screen to narrow to the last 5 or 10 years. We do not recommend sorting by date  at the top of the screen as you will lose the relevance rankings.

Library E-book Packages

The Library subscribes to several ebook packages.  Resource Search searches all of the ebook packages simultaneously.  You can also search ebook packages individually on their native platform by using the links below..