Using Ebooks: ProQuest Ebook Central

We have several ebook collections for use. Our newest collection is ProQuest Ebook Central. I won’t go into search strategies in this blog post, but I will show the kinds of things you can do with the ebooks you find in ProQuest Ebook Central.

You might come across the ebooks using our main library system, in which case you can simply click on the title to open the record, then click on the “Full text available at…” link.

Or, you can go directly in to ProQuest Ebook Central and search there. From our library website, follow the path: Research Resources > Electronic Books. From there, click on the logo for ProQuest Ebook Central.

Sign In

Don’t forget to sign in! There is a “Sign In” option at the top right of the page. You’ll want to be signed in so you can add bookmarks, make notes, highlight passages, and simply save books to come back to later.

Reading the Books

Once you find a book you want to look at, simply click on the title.

On the left side of the page, you’ll see “Add to my Bookshelf”. Click that if you want to save it and come back to it later.

Just above, you’ll also see an option to “Read Online”. Click that to go into the book.


There are a few different ways to navigate the ebooks.

When you first open the book, you’ll see a table of contents on the left side. You can click on any of the chapter titles to take you to that chapter.

At the top right of the page, you’ll see page numbers. You can type in a page number and it will take you to that page. There are also arrows beside the page numbers, or you can simply scroll.

You can also search for a word or phrase within the book. Click the magnifying glass on the left side of the page and type in your search word(s) and hit Enter. Below that, it will show you a purple bar beside the chapters that include that word, so click on the chapter title, then on the page you want to go to (it gives you some context before you click). It will take you to that page and your word(s) will be highlighted.


There are different ways to annotate your book, including highlighting, adding notes, and adding a bookmark. The bar at the top of the page includes all these options.

To highlight, you can click the highlighter icon, then highlight the passage and it will automatically highlight in yellow. Alternately, if you highlight the passage first, you are given three different highlighting colour options to choose from.

To add a note, if you click the icon at the top of the page, then type in your note, the note is “attached” to that page as a whole. If you highlight a passage first, then choose the note icon, this allows your note to “attach” directly to the passage you have highlighted.

To add a bookmark, just click the bookmark icon at the top of the page, and the bookmark will automatically be added to the page you are currently on. Alternately, at the top right of the page, there is a greyed-out bookmark (it is a light grey until you hover over it and it becomes a darker grey). You can click on it (and it will turn purple) to add the bookmark to that page.

To get back to your annotations later, look for the star icon in the left menu (just above the magnifying glass). Click on any of your annotations and you will be taken to the page. You can also delete your annotations from here.

Your Bookshelf

Your bookshelf will show you any books you’ve saved, and it will also show you how many annotations are in each book.

On the left menu in your bookshelf, you can create folders to organize what you’ve saved. You might want to use class name/number, or the name of your assignment, for example.

These are some of the basics to get you started using ProQuest Ebook Central. I hope this helps you use them to your advantage when working on your assignments. Feel free to explore our ebooks!

Blog Post Written By: Cindy Wiebe, Cataloging &  Collections Specialist

Cindy has been working at St. Mary’s since 2001, mostly in the back room as the STMU Cataloguer Extraordinaire. She has three cats and volunteers for the MEOW Foundation. She is on LibraryThing, GoodReads, and she is a voracious reader!

Tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.