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Using Ebooks

Read Online

To read an ebook online via your browser, once the item record is opened in Ebook Central from the catalog link you can select anywhere the "Read Online" open book icon appears in an ebook record:

Screenshot of "Read Online" links in Ebook Central item record

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The online reading interface will open, and you can use the left menu to toggle views and to adjust the section of the ebook being displayed:

Ebook Central online reading interface

 

1. Use the table of contents to select a chapter or section of the ebook to display.

2. Enter terms to search the whole book, including keyword search within the text and chapter titles. 

3. Use the icons on the purple menu bar to determine what is shown in the left pane of the online reader: 

Book Details icon

Select the closed book "Book Details" icon to show just the bibliographic information and your remaining online and download allowances.

Table of Contents iconSelect the bullet list "Table of Contents" icon to display the table of contents (the default view).

Annotations iconSelect the star "Annotations" icon to show any bookmarks, notes, or highlights you've made.

 Search Within Book iconSelect the magnifying glass "Search Within Book" icon to show only search box and results.

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A host of actions can be done within the online reader using the icons visible in the top menu:

Access and Bibliographic OptionsAccess and Bibliographic options in online reader top menu

1. Select the downward arrow "Full Download" icon to download the entire ebook. Depending on the license for the ebook, the full download will either be a regular PDF or will be electronically "borrowed" for 21 days before the file is recalled. See the Download Ebook section of this page for more details.

2. Select the PDF "Chapter Download" icon to download the chapter currently being viewed. The download will begin at the page being displayed through the end of the chapter, so navigate to the beginning of that chapter if you'd like to download it in its entirety. See the Download Chapter section of this page for details on per patron per day limits on downloading and printing.

3. Select the pages "Copy" icon from the top menu to copy to full text of the page currently being viewed. Alternatively, use your cursor to select a passage and select the "Copy" icon that pops up. See the Copy Pages section of this page for further details.

4. Select the printer "Print to PDF" icon to save a selection as a PDF. A prompt will appear with options to print to PDF the current page, a range of pages, or the current chapter. Your current printing and download maximum will be listed - see the Print to PDF section of these page for details.

5. Select the plus sign "Add to Bookshelf" icon to add the ebook to your personal digital bookshelf - similar to a "My Favorites" section. See the Managing Your Bookshelf section of this guide for more details.

6. Select the chain link "Share Link" icon to bring up a stable URL to the page of the ebook displayed to share with others or save for yourself.

7. Select the quotation mark "Get Citation" icon to generate a citation for the ebook in any of the major citation formats. There is also an option to export to a citation manager.

Annotation Features     Annotation Features in online reader top menu8. Select the marker "Highlight" icon, then use your cursor to highlight text. You can also select a passage of text first, and then select one of 3 different color highlighters to apply.*    

Select color to highlight

9. Select the post-it "Add Note" icon to insert notes in the text. You can also select a passage of text first, and then select the post-it icon that pops up to create a note.

10. Select the pennant "Add Bookmark" icon to bookmark the page displayed.

You can view a list and revisit highlighted passages, notes, and bookmarks by selecting the star "Annotations" icon from the left menu of the online reader. 

Adjust View and NavigationAdjust View and Navigation options in online reader top menu11. Select the magnifying glass with minus sign icon to "Zoom Out." 

12. Select the magnifying glass with plus sign icon to "Zoom In."

13. Select the plus sign over lines icon for "Zoom Options": Fit Width or Fit Page.

14. Enter a page number to immediately display that page, or use the arrows to turn the pages forward and back.

Download Ebook

Download a full ebook by selecting any "Download Book" link: in the item record, in results list, or in the online reader. The "Download Book" link in the Availability section of the item record will list the circulation period for the full download - usually 21 days. 

"Download Book" link selected in Ebook Central

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A prompt will appear asking for the type of device being used for download. The device will determine the third-party software required for download and access.

Popup asking "What device are you using?" to download the book

 

Popup: Adobe Digital Editions is required to download ebook on a laptop or desktop. Adobe Digital Editions or another app may be used on an iOS or Android device.                        

With the appropriate third-party software installed, continue to the next step and follow prompts to download the ebook - this is typically a PDF by default, but some ebooks give the option to select EPUB format. Use the drop-down menu to select how long you want to borrow the book for, up to the maximum of 21 days. At the end of the borrowing period, the file will be removed from your device.

Prompts before downloading an ebook: download period and download format, if options are available.

 

Select download format, if options are given: PDF or EPUB.

 

 

 

On occasion ebooks do not have download restrictions and Ebook Central allows you to download the title as a PDF or EPUB that does not expire.  The Availability section for the item record will have a message like, "There are no copy, print, or download restrictions on this title." Selecting "Download Book" will bring up the prompt seen to the left.



                                                                                                                   

Download Chapter

In lieu of downloading a full ebook, users can download individual chapters. Most books have a maximum number of pages that can be downloaded or printed, with remaining allowances listed in the item record as well as on the Book Details pane of the online reader in the Online Allowances section. There are also default maximum allowances set by Ebook Central for per user per day download, copy, and printing. See this page for details: Proquest Ebook Central Support Center. 

Remaining pages to print or save from an ebook in Online Allowances menu of the online reader. Remaining pages for PDF print/chapter download listed in the Availability menu of an ebook record in Ebook Central

Download a chapter from the item record by clicking "Download PDF Chapter" under Availability or use the "Download PDF" icon next to a chapter in the table of contents. The PDF file will not expire. Selecting any "Download PDF" link will bring up a progress window for the user to begin the download. 

"Download PDF Chapter" selected from the Availability menu of an ebook record in Ebook Central.

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"Download PDF" selected for individual chapters of an ebook listed in it's Ebook Central record

There is also the option to download a chapter being viewed in the online reader. From any page within the desired chapter, select the PDF "Chapter Download" icon from the top menu.The download will begin at the page being displayed through the end of the chapter, so navigate to the beginning of that chapter if you'd like to download it in its entirety. A pop-up will appear where you can select your preferred citation style from a drop-down menu:

Chapter download popup with drop-down menu to select citation style

If the download exceeds your page allowance, a notice will appear. You may need to return at another time to complete your download. Review the Book Details in the online reader to monitor your Online Allowances for that ebook.

Print to PDF

Print to PDF and Download PDF both count toward the same page allowance, see above. Print to PDF is available in the online reader from the top menu. 

"Print to PDF" printer icon selected from the top menu of the online reader

A pop-up will appear to select page range to print to PDF as well as the preferred citation style. Open the generated PDF and save or print out. 

Print to PDF popup with selections for page range for print and a drop-down menu for citation style

Copy Pages

Use the Copy feature in the online reader to save passages from an ebook without downloading. Most books have a maximum number of pages that can be copied, with remaining allowance listed in the item record as well as on the Book Details pane of the online reader in the Online Allowances section. There are also default maximum allowances set by Ebook Central for per user per day download, copy, and printing. See this page for details: Proquest Ebook Central Support Center.

Remaining pages to copy from an ebook in Online Allowances menu of the online reader.  Remaining pages to copy listed in the Availability menu of an ebook record in Ebook Central

To copy text, use your cursor to select the section of text and then click the pages "Copy" icon either from the small pop-up window or from the top menu. Another pop-up will appear with the selected text and prompt you to hold Control+C to copy your text. If you select the pages "Copy" icon from the top menu without making a selection first, Ebook Central will copy the page currently on display. 
 
Copy popup with text pre-selected to "Control+C" to copy
 
After copying and pasting your selection, click "Done" to close the pop-up. The Online Allowances counter will decrement per full page copied.

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