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e-Books: What Do We Have and  

How Do I Find and Use Them?


A.  KentLINK

1. Search KentLINK first:  KentLINK contains records for ALL Kent State and OhioLINK ebooks.

2. After a Subject, Author, or Title search, LIMIT your search results to e-books.

3. Before an Advanced Keyword search, LIMIT your search to e-books.

4. Login to My Library Account and set up a Preferred Search to get email of new search results twice per month.


B.  OhioLINK E-book Center

1. Content, arrangement, and platforms.

2. Add items to your Bookbag and email citations to yourself.

3. No ability for saved search, so do Preferred Search in KentLINK instead!


C.  University Libraries e-book inventory page

1. ebrary: Nursing Books:  personal account, bookshelf, notes,...

2. NetLibrary:  allows a personal account, but no new books have been added since 2005.

3. Oxford Scholarship Online:  general email alert for new books.

4. Some interfaces, like Annual Reviews and Safari Books, look like they provide personalized services, but they do not do so for academic license users.


D.  Google Books

1. "My Library" profile features.


E.  Potential Confusion

1. Literature Criticism Online      

An accumulation of many reference titles, and an example of something many expect to be in the OL-EBC, but is not.  We have a local Kent State subscription.

2. Gale Virtual Reference Library 

An example of some material that is available via its own interface as well as in the OL-EBC.

3. Bottom Line:  Sometimes e-books are more difficult to find than you'd think.  

When in doubt, ask for help!