Using library eBooks: Home


The library has access to a large collection of ebooks online in EBSCO. These ebooks show up when you do a search in our catalog and in some EBSCO database searches.

Identifying ebooks in the catalog

Two ebooks in library catalog search results.

eBooks can show up two ways in your catalog search results: most of the time they will have an item type of ‘eBook’ (shown just below the author’s name), but sometimes, if the library also has a print copy, they’ll show up with an item type of ‘Book’.

You’ll always be able to tell whether we have an ebook version of a book because the ebooks will always have a “View online” button.

Library catalog view online button

When you’re ready to check out an ebook, just click the “View online” button.

Checking out an ebook

Clicking on the “View online” button will take you to the EBSCO details page for the ebook. (If you’re off-campus, you’ll be asked to sign in to our proxy so that EBSCO will know you have access through Goshen College.)

In the center column of the page, you’ll see basic information about the ebook (the author, publisher, cover, and a description of the book). To the left are two access options: PDF Full Text and Download This eBook (Offline). Some ebooks don’t have a download option, in which case you’ll have to use EBSCO’s in-browser reader.

In-Browser Reader

Using the In-Browser Reader

EBSCO’s in-browser reader for ebooks.

Clicking on the PDF Full Text link will take you to EBSCO’s in-browser reader. From here, in your browser, you can scroll through and read the pages of the book, navigate the table of contents, search for text within the book, save or email pages from the book as a PDF or PDFs, and copy a citation or permalink for the book.

Searching for text in an ebook

The toolbar at the top of the page is divided into three sections. The second tool in the left section, ‘Search within’, allows you to search for text in the book.

Clicking on the tool will hide the table of contents and general information about the book and show a simple search box. Entering search words and clicking on the magnifying glass icon or pressing the Enter key will bring up a list of pages on which those words appear and a short preview of the context on each page.

Clicking on a result will take you to the top of the page on which the words were found. Unfortunately, it doesn’t highlight the words for which you searched, so you’ll have to scan the page to find them yourself.

Once you’ve gone to a page on which your search words were found, you can use your web browser’s ‘Find’ feature to highlight the occurrences of the words on that page.

The ‘Search within’ feature is very simple. Pretty much the only thing you can do to make your search more specific is to make a phrase search by putting quotation marks around your search words.

For example,contaminated water will match pages with the text:

hair/nails can be externally contaminated with exogenous arsenic…environmental exposures such as consumption of well water

but "contaminated water" would only match:

Exposure to arsenic-contaminated water early in life…
Saving or emailing pages as a PDF

The toolbar at the top of the page is divided into three sections. The second and third tools in the middle section, ‘Save Pages’ and ‘E-mail Pages’, allow you to save some of the pages in the book as PDFs and either save them to your local disk or to email them.

Clicking on one of these tools will open an area above the book content which:

  • shows the number of pages you can export,
  • lets you select which pages you want to export, and
  • lets you put in email information (if you chose to email the pages).
The ‘E-mail Pages’ feature shows you how many pages you can export, lets you select which pages you’d like to export, and lets you fill in emailing information.
Page Limit

You are only allowed to export a certain number of pages from each book. This shows you the number of pages you have left.

Include in PDF

This allows you to select which pages you want to export as a PDF. If you want to export pages which are not adjacent to each other, you’ll need to export them as separate PDFs.

If you try to export more pages than you have available to export, you’ll get the message, “Your request has exceeded page limit noted above.” and nothing will export.

‘Current page and the next ? pages’ lets you print an arbitrary number of pages. The current page is not included in the number of pages that you enter, so if you enter 4, five pages will be exported.

To export a whole chapter, select the chapter in the table of contents on the left and choose ‘This section: ? pages’.

Send as E-mail

At a minimum, enter your email address in the ‘E-mail to:’ field.

If you want, change ‘Citation Format:’ to whatever citation style you’ll need if you use this later in a paper.

The pages that are exported with these tools are watermarked with copyright, source, and download information.

The toolbar at the top of the page is divided into three sections. The forth and seventh tools in the middle section, ‘Cite’ and ‘Permalink’, allow you to copy a citation in the style of your choice or copy the permalink to the ebook.

If all the tools in that middle section won’t fit on the page, the in-browser reader ‘hides’ the other tools behind the three-dot icon. Clicking on the icon will show you the other tools.

Clicking on the ‘Cite’ tool will open an area above the book content with a list of citations for the book in various styles. You can copy the one you want or use the ‘Export to Bibliographic Management Software’ option to save the citation information in your citation management tool of choice.

Clicking on the ‘Permalink’ tool will open a small area above the book content with the permalink for this ebook. You’ll need to use this URL instead of the one in your browser’s address bar to get back to the ebook.

Library Help

If you want to talk to a librarian about using library ebooks, you can:

  • chat with a librarian using the chat box or in the library, Monday-Friday 9a-5p, Sunday-Thursday 7p-10p or
  • email us