eBooks as Textbooks

As you begin to craft your syllabi for the Spring semester, consider exploring the new library eBooks as potential course readings.  We now have access to thousands of eBooks from major university presses through Project Muse, Oxford Scholarship Online, and other vendors.  There are no restrictions on the number of users that can read or download these eBooks at one time which makes them perfect for course use. Using library eBooks as textbooks can also save students significant amounts of money.

How to Search and Browse for eBooks in the Library Collection


Catalog – The new library catalog allows you to easily search across all of our eBook holdings using keywords.  Simply enter your keywords in the search box (ex. “Cold War Politics”), click on Search, and then limit your search results to “eBook” under Format.  Look for eBooks that include a “View Now” link.

Project Muse – Enter your search terms (ex. Latin American Studies”) in the Advanced Search.  On the left side of the screen, under Content Type, select “Books”.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Enter your search terms (ex. Cold War) in the Search box and Search.  Under “Availability” on the left side of the screen, click on “Full Text.”


You can browse for books by subject in specific databases.

Project Muse – Click on the orange “Browse” button at the top of the screen.  Select your Research Area (ex. History) and then any sub areas (African History>Southern Africa). Then click on “Books” under “Content Type”.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Click on one of the options under “Browse by Subject” (ex. Political Science).  Under “Availability” on the left side of the screen, click on “Full Text.”

If you have questions about linking to these resources from your syllabi and/or Moodle, simply contact your Subject Librarian for assistance.

Please notify the library of any adoptions you make that are eBooks in the library’s catalog, including what course numbers and section(s) will be involved.


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