How Do I use an Ebook?

These one minute videos will show you how to use ebooks from the library catalog.

Part 1: Search the Catalog
Part 2: Using EBL ebooks
Part 3: Using EBL ebooks - Request a Loan
Part 4: Using Ebrary ebooks 
Part 5: Using EBSCO ebooks

Download EBL ebooks
Download EBSCO ebooks
Download Ebrary ebooks


Part 1: Search the Catalog
This short video will show you how to find ebooks in the library catalog.

  1. Ebooks are books that have been published in a digital format. At Fairfield University, ebooks can be accessed through the library catalog from on or off-campus by users with their NetID and password.

  2. From the library homepage, search the library catalog for your topic in the Books/Movies/Music tab.

  3. On the search results page, you can determine if an item is an ebook by looking at the end of the title for the words (Electronic Resource) and by looking for the icon that depicts an ebook.

  4. You may also narrow your search results to only ebooks by going to the "Refine by""Format" option on the left and selecting"ebook".

  5. To access the ebook, click on the hyperlink underneath the title and author. The main ebook publishers that are used at Fairfield's library are EBL, Ebrary and NetLibrary. The text of the hyperlink will indicate which type of ebook you are accessing:
    1. EBL: "Click here to view book"
    2. Ebrary: "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view"
    3. NetLibrary: "Bibliographic record display An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information".

  6. The following sections will explain how to use each type of ebook.

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Part 2: Using EBL ebooks
This short video will show you how to use an ebook published by EBL from the library's catalog.

  1. After you have identified an ebook on the search results page in the library catalog, you may access an EBL ebook by clicking on the link under the title and author that says "Click here to view book". 

  2. This link takes you to a page where you must log in with your NetID and password, and then to the start page for the EBL ebook.

  3. From the start page you may view the book cover, book details and table of contents, and access the full text of the ebook by clicking "Read Online" on the left.

  4. Once you open the full text of the book, you can access the table of contents on the left, search for specific words or phrases, or simply browse through the book by clicking on the arrows to turn the page.

  5. You may also copy or print sections of the text by clicking on the buttons at the top. When you click on either of them, a question pops up asking you whether you would like to "Make a Loan". Simply click "yes" to continue using the book. You will not be charged any money.

  6. For more information about the Request a Loan feature of EBL books, see below.

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Part 3: Using EBL ebooks - Request a Loan
This short video will show you how to use the Request a Loan feature of an EBL ebook.

  1. When you access the start page of an EBL ebook, there may be an additional option on the left under "Read Online" that says"Request Loan", meaning that the library does not yet own this material and access is limited.

  2. You may browse the contents of this book for 5 minutes by clicking "Read Online", but then if you require further access, you must use the "Request Loan" option.

  3. For this option, the "Request Loan" button will bring up a request form for you to fill out that is sent to a librarian on staff. There will be a delay while the librarian reviews your request and determines if the library can pay for you to access the book for a limited time period.

  4. You will receive an e-mail notifying you if you are given permission to use the book, and the amount of time you may use it for. Then you may access the ebook as seen in the previous section above.

  5. If you have any questions about the "Request a Loan" procedure, please contact a librarian.

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Part 4: Using Ebrary ebooks
This short video will show you how to use an ebook published by Ebrary from the library's catalog.

  1. After you have identified an ebook on the search results page in the library catalog, you may access an Ebrary ebook by clicking on the link under the title and author that says "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view ". 

  2. This takes you to the "Quick View" of the book where you may browse by pressing the arrows at the top of the page, view theTable of Contents on the right, or view the bibliographic information in the lower right hand corner.

  3. Under the "Info Tools" option in the upper left hand corner of the page, you may copy and print sections of the book. You can also zoom in or out on the page and search the document for keywords.

  4. For additional functionality you may open the "ebrary Reader". If you are using a personal computer you must download the ebrary Reader software, but if you are on a library computer, that software is already downloaded. For more information about downloading and using the reader, click on "help" in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

  5. For further assistance using ebrary ebooks, ask a librarian.

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Part 5: Using EBSCO ebooks
This short video will show you how to open and use EBSCO ebooks.

  1. After you have identified an ebook on the search results page in the library catalog, click on the link under the title and author that says "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information."

  2. This takes you to the start page for the book. From here you can view the detailed record, including book information, most relevant pages, and table of contents. You can access the full text of the ebook by clicking "ebook Full Text" on the left.

        Note, only one user is allowed to access an EBSCO ebook at a time. When you click on "ebook Full Text" if you get the message that says, "Sorry, this ebook is in use" you will have to come back later to access it. The book will remain unavailable for 30 minutes after the last user closed out of it. 
  3. Once you open the full text of the book, you can access the table of contents on the left, simply browse through the book by clicking on the arrows to turn the page, or use the toolbar on the right to search within the book, print, e-mail, cite and more. 

  4. For more information about EBSCO ebooks, ask a librarian.

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Downloading EBL ebooks

This short video will show you how to download EBL ebooks onto your computer.

  1. Once you have accessed an EBL book, you'll need to generate a loan before you can download it. To do this, click on the button that says "copy" in the navigation at the top.

  2. You will be asked if you want to create a loan. Click "Yes."

  3. Once you have requested a loan, you will be taken back to the book, with the instruction window for copying at the top. Click the "Back to Reader" button to eliminate this view. Then, click the link in the upper left corner that reads, "This book."

  4. This will take you back to the window you first saw when you accessed the book, only now there should be a Download button. Click the button to download the book.

  5. If you are viewing the book on your computer, you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. There is a link to download this software if you haven't already done so.

  6. You will have access to the book for 24 hours after you first open it. If you need more time, you may request another loan after your 24 hours expire.

  7. For further assistance, ask a librarian.

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Downloading EBSCO ebooks
This short video will show you how to download EBSCO ebooks onto your computer.

  1. Once you have accessed an EBSCO ebook, click on "Download This eBook" located on the left-hand side of the screen.

  2. You will be asked to sign in. Click "sign in now." 

  3. On the login page, enter your user name & password if you already have an EBSCO account. If you do not have an EBSCO account, you can create one for free by clicking on "Create new account" from the top right. This is separate from your Fairfield NetID and password.

    1. Fill out the registration form and click "Save Changes." When your credentials are accepted, your account will be created and you can now download the book. 

  4. In the next window, select your checkout period from 1 to 7 days. Then, choose "check out & download."

  5. At this point the download will begin. To view EBSCO ebooks on your computer or device, you need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. If you do not, you can download the free software by clicking on "Adobe Digtial Editions" from the download window and follow the instructions.

  6. Once your checkout period expires, you may check the book out again for another period of time by repeating these steps.

  7. For further assistance, ask a librarian.

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Downloading Ebrary ebooks
This short video will show you how to download ebrary ebooks onto your computer or Kindle.

  1. In order to download an ebrary book, first make sure that you are signed in. To do so, click on the "sign-in" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen and sign in with your NetID and password.

  2. When you sign-in, if you are off-campus you are automatically taken back to the book you had open. If you are on-campus you will be taken to the homepage for ebrary, and will need to locate the book again. To do so, search for the title in the search box, or return to the library catalog and click on the "Click Here to View" link to open the book again.

  3. Once you are in the ebook, click on the "Download" button. This will open a new screen that presents you with several download options. You can either download a chapter or specific page range as a pdf to your computer or Kindle, or download the entire book onto your computer for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions. 

  4. When downloading a chapter or page range, select the specific section of the book and then press okay. Then you will be able to open or save the PDF to your computer or Kindle.

  5. When downloading the entire book for 2 weeks, you need to have a free account with Adobe Digital Editions and have downloaded this software to your computer. If you don't have an account yet, click on the link provided in the download window to set one up. Then select "download the entire document" and press okay. This will take you through the process of downloading and opening the book.

  6. For further assistance, ask a librarian.