Viewing and Searching EBSCOhost eBooks

Posted by Moira Marsh, Librarian for Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Folklore, Sociology, and Telecommunications

Many titles in the IU Libraries’ Ebook collection come to us through EBSCOhost. Sometimes, learning to navigate new formats can be tricky, but with a few simple tips, the wide world of EBSCOhost eBooks will be opened up to you!  Vanessa French, Electronic Resources Procurement and Access Specialist, has prepared the following handy guide.  

After finding an ebook title in IUCAT, you can either read and search it online or download it for off-line reading.  Here's how:

I. Online Viewer

To view the book online, select eBook Full Text. For full text searching, select the search icon (magnifying glass), located at the top right side of the screen. A search bar will then open where you can enter your search terms and receive a list of results.

II. Downloading the eBook

If, however, you would rather download the book for use offline, follow these steps:

1.) To download the eBook, click the link Download This eBook (Offline).  


2.) Then, the sign in screen will appear prompting you to sign in with either an existing EBSCOhost account, or with a new one. You can create a new account using your email account.    


3.) Next, check to see if you have Adobe Digital Editions installed. If not, you can download this software from Adobe’s website.

4.) Open the Download This eBook (Offline) box, select the checkout period, and click Checkout & Download. (The checkout period is how long the book will be downloaded before it is automatically returned. You can choose to return the book sooner if you like.)

5.) From the Open download dialog box, select the Open with option, make sure that Adobe Digital Editions is listed in the dropdown menu, then click OK. (Note: you may have to search for this program if you have not used it before.) It may take a few moments to download.

6.) Double click the book you would like to open.

7.) To search the book, type your search term in the search field located in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

8.) To return a book after you are finished, click the Library button on the top of the screen. Then right click the book you want to return and select the Return Borrowed Item option.