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Virtual Reference Desk: Library Catalogs & Other Sources of Books

Electronic Books

*Please note: Scholar is not a complete source of eBooks available to you and does not include all the titles you might find by searching the individual eBook collections below.

eBook Collections in the Michael Schwartz Library:
Collection NameĀ  Formats Software Requirements Restrictions
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts (includes Project Gutenberg and Internet Archives, etc.) HTML None None (open access)
Cleveland Memory e-Book collection Varies by title None Some ebooks hosted by ebrary cannot be downloaded.
Dissertations & Theses @ Cleveland State University (CSU full text doctoral dissertations in PDF format, 1997-present; hosted by ProQuest) PDF None Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.
ebrary (thousands of full text books) ebrary Quickview, PDF Requires ebrary account and Adobe Digital Editions to checkout, download, and transfer ebooks to mobile devices.

Ebrary Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Some ebooks cannot be downloaded; some cannot be checked out by multiple users; some have PDF generation or printing limitations of one chapter or 60 pages.
ebrary Searchable Information Center on Cyber Bullying ebrary Quickview, PDF Requires ebrary account and Adobe Digital Editions to checkout, download, and transfer ebooks to mobile devices.

Ebrary Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Some ebooks cannot be downloaded; some cannot be checked out by multiple users; some have PDF generation or printing limitations of one chapter or 60 pages.
EBSCO eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary) PDF, EPUB Requires EBSCOhost account and Adobe Digital Editions to checkout, download, and transfer ebooks to mobile devices.

EBSCO Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Some ebooks cannot be checked out, downloaded, or printed.
EServer Books Collection (fiction, nonfiction and poetry) HTML, PDF None None (open access)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research) HTML, PDF (in Flash viewer) None Off-Campus access requires CSU ID and password.

User can only download/print one individual article (approx. 1-3 pages) at a time.
Google Books PDF, EPUB Google account required to download ebooks. Google Play Books app required to download to mobile devices.

Google Books Help
Most copyright-protected ebooks only have limited previews available and require fees to buy and download.
GPO Access (provides free public access to full-text, official Federal information, Federal information finding aids, and Federal products for sale.) HTML, PDF None None (open access)
The Great Books and Classics of Western Civilization (the seminal works of literature that have influenced Western culture) HTML, PDF None None (open access)
Greenleaf Online Library (more than 3500 individually searchable chapters, case studies and journal papers drawn from 240+ book and journal volumes. Covers topics including sustainability, social responsibility, corporate governance, development economics and the environment.) PDF None Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Book viewing and printing limited to one chapter at a time.
Gutenberg-E (e-books from the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press) HTML, PDF None None (open-access)
HathiTrust Digital Library - As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, the library brings together the massive digitized collections of partner institutions. The initial focus has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. PNG, PDF None Viewing and printing restricted to one page at a time (CSU is not currently a HathiTrust partner).
The Internet Archive: Text Archive Varies by title Some materials require an OpenLibrary account to checkout, and Adobe Digital Editions, OverDrive, or a Daisy-enabled device to download and read.

Internet Archive Help
All public domain ebooks are open access, but many copyrighted ebooks in OpenLibrary have viewing and printing restrictions through Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive.
JSTOR - Now includes eBooks Varies by title Requires JSTOR account, Adobe Reader, and FileOpen plugin for Adobe Reader to download books.

JSTOR Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Downloading and printing restricted to one chapter at a time.
LearningExpress Library (Need a valid CSU ID to use.) PDF, Adobe Flash Player Requires LearningExpress Library account to access ebooks. Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

CSU ID required to create LearningExpress Library account.
Library of American Civilization Titles (list of documents in this series that are available in full text) HTML, PDF, EPUB Google account required to download ebooks. Google Play Books app required to download to mobile devices.

Google Books Help
None (public domain ebooks can be downloaded and printed with Google account)
Michael Schwartz Library eBook Collections (Access via ebrary to some of the specialized materials available in the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University) ebrary Quickview, PDF Requires ebrary account and Adobe Digital Editions to checkout, download, and transfer ebooks to mobile devices.

Ebrary Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Some ebooks cannot be downloaded; some cannot be checked out by multiple users; some have PDF generation or printing limitations of one chapter or 60 pages (see ebrary above).
National Academies Press (More than 4,000 National Academies Press PDFs available to download for free. The National Academies include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.) PNG, PDF E-mail address or NAP account required to download or print more than one page at a time. Books can be freely read with NAP viewer, but downloads and printing require logging in with NAP account or submitting e-mail address as guest user.
NCBI Bookshelf (Free access to books and documents in life science and healthcare) HTML, PDF None None (open access)
Ohio Digital Bookshelf (online textbooks; part of OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons.) PDF None None (open access)
OhioLINK Electronic Book Center (thousands of scholarly and reference e-books in the humanities, sciences and social sciences) HTML, PDF None Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Can only download/print one chapter at a time.
OhioLINK ETD Center (full text theses & dissertations from Ohio universities; CSU Dec. 2007-present) PDF None None (open access)
The Online Books Page (a directory of books that can be freely read on the Internet) Varies by title None Directory points users to other collections whose requirements vary.
Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University) HTML None None (open access)
Project Gutenberg (broad range of older books and collections) Varies by title None None (open access)
Safari Books Online (broad range of technical books from leading publishers including O'Reilly; free to CSU and OhioLINK affiliates) HTML Safari Books account required to access advanced ebook features. Safari To Go app recommended for viewing on Android devices.

Safari Books Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Books can only be cached for off-line use with Safari To Go app for Android devices.

Users can only print one section or page at a time.
Safari Books Mobile (A custom library that contains a subset of titles from Safari Books Online's overall content) HTML Safari Books account required to access advanced ebook features. Safari To Go app recommended for viewing on Android devices.

Safari Books Help
Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Books can only be cached for off-line use with Safari To Go app for Android devices.

Users can only print one section or page at a time.
Springerlink - Access to selected English language, 2005-2007 imprints. PDF Springer account required to access some titles. Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

Some titles require a Springer account and/or additional fees to access.
Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research) (NBER researchers initially report their findings in working papers.) HTML, PDF None Off-campus access requires CSU ID and password.

TIP: Use the Scholar catalog to find eBooks by doing an "Advanced Search. " Type in your search terms, then choose "EBOOK" from the "Material type" drop-down menu.


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