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A guide to accessing eBook collections at Edith Cowan University Library


  • Available 24/7
  • Access from any location and multiple devices
  • Read online
  • Printing and downloading
  • Search within text
  • Scholarly books across all subjects, including some texts and reference works

ECU Worldsearch: eBooks

Electronic books available at ECU can be found by searching ECU Worldsearch. You can link from the Worldsearch results screen to the eBook by clicking on "View eBook".

The Library purchases eBooks from various publishers and eBook suppliers.

To search ECU Worldsearch for all eBooks on a topic use the limit option in the left side bar to narrow your search to the eBook format. Tick the check box under Format for "eBook".

You can use the Advanced Search option and select this limit at the start of a search. 

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What is an eBook?


eBook is a contraction of "electronic book" and also referred to as e-book, e-content, digital book, online book or sometimes digital edition.

A number of eBook collections are available via the Library. eBooks can be accessed either on or off campus using a desktop computer, laptop or other hand held devices (ipad, iphone, etc.).

The full text of the whole book is available to read online at any time. Printing and downloading options vary for each collection.

Printing of pages/sections is permitted according to copyright regulations, i.e. normally 10% or 1 chapter, although for most ProQuest Ebook Central books the allowance is 40%. Printing or downloading of pdfs is available with a number of the collections purchased directly from the publisher. e.g. PsycBOOKS, Ovid eBooks, ScienceDirect eBooks.

Some platforms allow downloading of the eBook for a limited time. You may need to set up a personal login in the database in order to download (refer to Help screens).

Search for eBooks via ECU Worldsearch or subject databases. See the relevant library guide for key subject collections and titles.


Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are recommended web browsers for accessing online resources via the Library.

If having problems accessing eBooks, you should also check your computer settings to ensure that the pop-up blocker is 'off'. It may also help to delete cookies and search history if internet access is slow.

For any problems accessing the Library's online resources, please contact the Library.

Publisher Collections

As the Library subscribes to these collections directly from the publishers, eBook chapters/sections are generally available for printing, downloading, saving as pdf documents.

eBook Collections

The Library has available some large ebook collections covering all subject areas. In addition, the Library has purchased some subject specific collections. Key collections are listed below. For a list of all collections see the eBook Collections page in this guide.

Subscribed Collections from eBook Suppliers/Lenders

This database of electronic books features publications from major academic publishers. As ProQuest eBook Central is a third party supplier of eBooks sourced from a number of publishers, copyright restrictions apply for printing and downloading.

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