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Accessing Electronic Resources

Guide to accessing Library-supported E-resources

FAQs

How do I find the e-book I'm searching for?

All of our e-books are in the library catalog. Try doing a search in the catalog and using the "Format" facet on the left of the search results screen to limit results to e-books.

Can I print from e-books?

Printing varies by vendor/platform but many allow you to print up to one chapter. It is generally impermissible to print out the entire e-book. For more information see the e-book comparison chart on this guide.

Can I download the e-book?

This varies from platform to platform. Some only allow online viewing, others allow you to download a chapter or section, while other allow you to download entire titles.  For more information see the e-book comparison chart on this guide.

What happens if the e-book is not available?

Depending on the vendorand our license agreements, there may be a limited number of concurrent users for certain titles, we may not own particular titles, or the title has been dropped from the subscription package. If you have question or problems accessing titles, please contact lib-ejournals@virginia.edu.  To suggest a purchase, please fill out the purchase request form.

Using e-books on mobile devices

iOS/Android Devices

All of our e-books can be opened through the Safari web browser. Several of our vendors provide .pdf documents, which can be downloaded and viewed on the iPad. Some e-book publishers also provide free apps for smartphones and tablets that allow you to access and download their content.

Kindle

Several of our e-books open as .pdf documents.  To read on e-ink devices like a Kindle, you'll need to download the .pdf  file and transfer it your device. See our e-book comparison chart on this guide to find some publishers who allow the option of downloading a .pdf file. Note - though PDFs can be read on Kindles, not very easily or very well - reading books on Kindle is best with their propriety ebooks.

Need Help?

Tutorials:

EBSCO - searching ebooks

Gale -  general tutorial on using Gale Virtual Reference database 

Safari - text and video tutorials on using Safari e-books

MyiLibrary - LONG tutorial on using myiLibrary

Springer -  ebook training webinars