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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.

eBook Collections

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.).

Full Text

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


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.

Printing / Downloading

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.

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