Navigating the EBSCO E-Books Interface

Open Ebooks Database List Page

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Welcome to this tutorial on how to navigate the EBSCO E-Books interface. In this tutorial we are going to cover the following:
1. How to open an ebook in the database
2. How to download specific chapters of that ebook
3. How to download the entire ebook to your computer or an e-reader of your choice.

To access EBSCO E-Books, scroll down to the link for EBSCO E-Books and click on it.

If you are doing this tutorial from off campus, instead of seeing the database screen, you will see the Cal Poly single sign on screen and be prompted to sign in using your Bronco ID and password. Once you've done so, click to the next page of the tutorial using the right hand arrow below.

The first thing you need to do in order to access an ebook in EBSCO E-Books is to login into an EBSCOhost account. This is a free account that allows you to save and access information in EBSCO databases. This account is independent from your library account, but is free to create. If you need help creating an account in EBSCOhost, please follow the instructions on the next page. If you already have an EBSCOhost account, please login and feel free to skip ahead to the next step

Across the top of the advanced search page are a series of menu options, one of which is labeled "Sign in" or "Sign in to folder" click on it.

Sign in button from EBSCO Database

If you already have an EBSCOhost account you can login here, either via your Google Account, or through the username and password you created.
If you don't already have an account, click on the link labeled "Create one now" under the "Sign In" button

On this page you can choose to use your Google Account to login, or you can create an account with it's own user name and password.

If you're going to create your own username and password, It is a good idea to use your BroncoID and Password so that it's easy to remember.

Please also note that in creating an account with EBSCO, you are consenting to the collection of your personal data by the database publisher. If you do not wish to do so, you will not be able to save results within the database.

If you consent to create an account, fill out the fields, and click continue.

You will be asked once again if you consent to the collection of data. If you agree, click yes and click on continue

Once you've signed in to your EBSCO account you will need to access an e-book. For the purpose of this tutorial, feel free to input the following search term into the database search box:

"Data Visualization"

This should bring up about 180 results. Choose the first result from the list and click on the title.

Clicking the title will take you into the record page for this e-book. As with other EBSCO databases, the menu on the right hand of the page provides you with tools to cite, email or export the citation of this book to a citation manager.

On the left hand side of the screen there's a menu that will provide you with access to a PDF or EPUB version of the book to read online. You can also select the "Full Download" option to download the entire book onto your computer or e-reader.

Left-hand menu from EBSCO E-books database

If you scroll down to the bottom of the record page, you will see a list of all the chapters in the book, You can click on any of those chapters to access that specific chapter in the e-book to save, print or download that specific chapter.

If you're already logged into your EBSCO account, click on the "full download" button on the menu on the left-hand side of the record page (don't worry, the download is not immediate!)

In order to download the book you will need to download the Adobe Digital Editions app onto your reader or device, you can click on the link provided to do so.

Once you Adobe Digital Editions downloaded, follow the prompts to download your ebook.


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