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eBooks

Finding eBooks

Search for eBooks With USearch

There are several different collections of eBooks available to you. By starting with USearch, you can search all the collections at once. You won't know which distributor is supplying access to the eBook until you view the item. The largest collections and their platforms are noted in the other tabs above as well as information on navigating the loan periods and downloading parameters.  You can also start your search directly with one of the eBook collection platforms; just follow the links in the tabs.

 

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Narrowing Your Search Using Facets

1. Start your search in the Everything tab, entering a keyword, title, author, or subject.

 

2. Narrow your search using the 'Show Only' facet. Select 'Full Text Online.'

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3. Narrow further using the 'Format' facet. Select 'Books.'

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ProQuest ebrary

ProQuest ebrary

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Search ProQuest ebrary Collection

Online Reading Requirements & Availability

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Requirements

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You’ll be prompted when opening the ProQuest ebrary platform.

ProQuest account (free)
You are not required to create an ebrary account to read eBooks directly from your browser. However, creating a personal account with ebrary gives you access to additional features such as allowing you to save searches and eBook titles into a digital bookshelf for future use, or adding bookmarks and notes within eBooks.

Availability 

Through a browser anytime.

Offline Reading Requirements & Loan Periods

 

Requirements

ProQuest ebrary account (free)

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Adobe Digital Editions (free)

You’ll need this application to view the eBook once it’s downloaded (free and links to download prompted). You’ll be asked to enter or create an Adobe ID upon opening the application the first time.

Download Adobe Digital Edition

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Mobile Device Downloading

Bluefire Reader app (free)

Authenticates with Adobe ID (free)

Download Bluefire Reader app from iTunes

Download Bluefire Reader app from Google Play

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Loan Periods

Offline/Downloading Reading

*Each eBook has an Availability section displayed within the citation that clearly states the availability range of access. Some are unlimited, meaning several users at once can download a title. Some are only available to download for one user at a time.

Multi-user books expire after 14 days

Single-user books expire after 7 days

Limit of 10 ebooks checked out at a time

Portions of ebooks can be downloaded as a PDF - limited to 60 pages per day, do not expire, and can be printed.

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ebrary Support Page

Mobile Device Download Support Page

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

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Search EBSCOhost's eBook Collection

Online Reading Requirements & Availability

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Requirements

NetID
You’ll be prompted when opening the EBSCOhost eBook platform.

EBSCOhost account (free)
You are not required to create an EBSCO account to read eBooks directly through your browser. However, creating a personal account with EBSCO gives you access to additional features such as allowing you to save searches and eBook titles into folders for future use, or sharing with others. Your account also allows you to create and save notes within eBooks.

Availability 

Through a browser anytime.

Offline Reading Requirements & Loan Periods

 

Requirements

EBSCOhost account (free)

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Computer Downloading

Adobe Digital Editions (free)

You’ll need this application to view the eBook once it’s downloaded (free and links to download prompted). You’ll be asked to enter or create an Adobe ID upon opening the application the first time.

Download Adobe Digital Edition

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Mobile Device Downloading

EBSCO eBooks App (free)

Download EBSCO eBook app from iTunes Store

Download EBSCO eBook app from Google Play

Bluefire Reader app (free)

Authenticates with Adobe ID (free)

Download Bluefire Reader app from iTunes

Download Bluefire Reader app from Google Play

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Loan Periods

Offline/Downloading Reading

Each eBook has an Availability section displayed within the citation that clearly states the availability range of access. Some are unlimited, meaning several users at once can download a title. Some are only available to download for one user at a time.

Entire book check out period between 1-7 days

Portions of ebooks can be downloaded as a PDF - number of pages varies by publisher, do not expire, and can be printed.

Support

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Support Pages

EBSCOhost eBook Support Page

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online

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Search Oxford Scholarship Online

Online Reading Requirements & Availability

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Requirements

NetID
You’ll be prompted when opening the  platform.

Oxford Scholarship Online account (free)*

Availability 

Through a browser anytime.

Offline Reading Requirements & Loan Periods

 

Requirements

Oxford Scholarship Online account (free)

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Computer Downloading

Limited

Limited portions of each title are available for downloading in a PDF format. However, downloading an entire title is not an available option with this resource. 

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Mobile Device Downloading

Limited

Limited portions of each title are available for downloading in a PDF format. However, downloading an entire title is not an available option.

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Loan Periods

Offline/Downloading Reading

This collection does not have loan periods; rather, the content is intended to be read online. 

Portions of ebooks can be downloaded as a PDF - number of pages varies by publisher, do not expire, and can be printed

Support

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Support Pages

Oxford Scholarship Online Support Page

EReference Books

EReference Books: Collections

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Blackwell Reference Online: Religion

A collection of Handbooks, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries written and edited by well-known scholars in many areas of religion. Includes broad coverage of topics such as religious ethics, theology, history of religion, spirituality, biblical studies, and the social sciences and religion.

Credo Reference: Religion

A collection providing a wide variety of reference books including the Cambridge Dictionary of Theology, Critical Terms for Religious Studies and many more. Reference books in this collection provide concise entries on significant topics. Search results include links out to other online resources such as articles and encyclopedia entries.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Religion

An easy to navigate collection of 22 encyclopedias in religion. Includes the Encyclopedia of Religion and New Catholic Encyclopedia.

Oxford Reference Online

Contains concise definitions to topical overviews written by well-known scholars. Overviews often guide researchers to the most important and more extensive works on a topic. Search the entire collection or limit your search to the subject of religion.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Extensive entries written by well-known scholars that may help guide researchers to the most important works on a topic. Currently, 31 subject areas are available including biblical studies. Coverage of new subject areas is added regularly.

EReference Books: Individual Titles

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Encyclopedia of Religion

The 2nd edition of an important 15 volume reference work in religion. Coverage extends to world religions and religious practices and strives for a cross-cultural perspective.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

The 2nd edition of a standard reference work with articles on theology, philosophy, saints, important religious and literary figures, and particularly good coverage of the arts and religion.

Britannica Academic

Online edition of the classic reference work. Continually updated and easy to navigate.

Encyclopedia of American Religions

A comprehensive survey of religious groups in the United States and Canada. Encyclopedia contains introductory and historical essay, as well as a directory listing with information on over 2300 religious groups.