Using eBooks: EBSCO eBooks Academic Collection

The library has multiple ebook collections available for use. I recently wrote a blog post on using ProQuest Ebook Central. This time, I will show you what you can do with our EBSCO Ebook collection. These two collections are our largest ebook collections.

If you come across one of the ebooks in our library system, just click on the title to open the record, then click on the “Full text available at…” link.

Alternately, you can go directly to the EBSCO ebooks from the library website by going to Research Resources > Electronic Books. Then, click the “Academic Collection” tab, and click the Ebsco logo.

Sign In

For EBSCO, you’ll want to create an account for yourself. This way you’ll be able to save ebooks, save searches, and make notes. (NOTE: With an EBSCO account, if you are doing any searches in any EBSCO article databases, you will also be able to save those articles and notes from those databases, as well.)

Reading the Books

When you find a book you want to look at, click on the title. This will take you to more information about the book. The menu on the right includes various options including “Add to folder” (if you want to come back to it later; please make sure you have signed in to your account) and “Create Note”.

The menu on the left is where you’ll want to click if you want to read the book. Use the “pdf full text” link to open the book.


There are different ways to navigate once you have opened the ebook.

You can go forward (or backward) using the arrows in the middle at the bottom. You can type in a page number (in between the forward/backward arrows) to go to that page, or you can scroll up and down.

You can click on any chapter in the table of contents in the left menu.

You can also search for a word or phrase within the book. Click on the “Search Within” tab above the table of contents. Type in your search word or phrase (use quotation marks for a phrase) and hit enter.

You’ll see a list of search results below, with the word or phrase you were looking for in bold, the page number it’s found on, and part of the sentence for context. Click on the sentence or page number to go there. The word or phrase will be highlighted on the page.


With the EBSCO ebooks, the only option for annotations is making notes. When you create a note, it will attach the note to the page you are on.

There is a third tab at the top of the left menu, beside “Search within” that is called “My Notes”. Click that to add a note to the page you are currently looking at. Click the “New Note” button and type your note into the black box. Click Save when you are finished.

To find your notes later, you can click on the “My Notes” tab and any notes you have already created for that book will be listed there. To go to the page, click on the note itself, then click the little book icon.

In addition, all your notes for all your ebooks (and articles) will be saved in your Folders in your EBSCO account.

Your Folders

Once you are logged in, you can look at your folders. By default, EBSCO arranges everything you have saved into categories (folders) such as “Articles”, “Ebooks”, “Notes”, “Saved Searches”, and more.

You can customize additional folders, as well, to organize what you’ve saved. You might want to use class name/number, or the name of your assignment, for example.

Looking here at the notes you’ve created will display the Note itself. If you click on the note, you can edit it or delete it. Just below the note you will see the title of the book (or article) it came from.

Just below the title, if you want to open that book (or article), click on “View Context”. From there, the ebook will open, and you will have to navigate to My Notes and click there to open up the page.

These are some of the basics to get you started using our EBSCO Ebook Collection. 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!

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