How Do I Find Electronic Books (eBooks)? 

eBook Keyword Search:
What is an eBook?
An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. The entire book is searchable - the table of contents, text, footnotes, appendices, and bibliography - and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What eBooks are available?
Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff have access to a growing list of eBooks. The Library subscribes to these major collections:
  • ACLS History E-Book Project: This collection, developed by the American Council of Learned Societies, includes approximately 500 works of major importance to historical studies. About 250 books will be added to the collection annually.

  • ENGnetBASE: This collection includes 175 handbooks in various categories of engineering.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Provides the full text of over 200 subject encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories.

  • NetLibrary: This collection of 2300 titles includes books on business, economics, education, literature, psychology, religion, and sociology.

  • Oxford Reference Online: A collection containing over 120 dictionaries and reference titles covering a broad spectrum of subjects from general reference and language to science and medicine, and from humanities and social sciences to business and professional.

In addition to these collections the Library has purchased a number of individual eBook titles. Other collections of electronic books are freely available to all on the web.
How do I find an eBook?
There are several ways to find eBooks:
  • Search OSCAR by title, author, subject or keyword - any matching eBook titles will be included with other items in your search results. Look for the designation [computer file] after the title and the location Electronic Book in an Extended Display.

  • Add "and electronic books" after subject words when doing a keyword search in OSCAR. For example: report writing and electronic books.

  • To see a list of all the books in each of the major collections:

    • ACLS History E-book Project: Enter history e-book project as a title search. The titles will be listed in alphabetical order. Another list, arranged by category, is available on the ACLS website.

    • ENGnetBASE: Enter engnetbase as a title search to get a list of all titles in alphabetical order. The list, arranged by either title or category can be found on the ENGnetBASE homepage.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library: On the GVRL homepage, select the "Show All" option under the "Or select a publication below" search option.

    • NetLibrary: Enter netlibrary as an author search in OSCAR. The titles will be displayed alphabetically.

    • Oxford Reference Online: Enter oxford reference online as a title search in OSCAR to get a list of all titles. ORO also maintains a list by title and by subject.

  • Examples of collections of books that are freely available on the web:

How do I access an eBook?
  • For all ebooks that are not in the NetLibrary collection: Either click on one of the links above to access the database and the titles you are interested in or use the link in the OSCAR record and you will be taken directly to the book.

  • NetLibrary collection:

    • You may browse a NetLibrary ebook for 15 minutes or check it our for 24 hours.

    • Only one person may check out the same ebook at a time.

    • By clicking on the web link in OSCAR, you will be taken directly to the NetLibrary site. The first time you try to check out an ebook you will be prompted to create an account by entering a user name and a password.

    • To Browse or Check Out a NetLibrary eBook:

      1. Locate the NetLibrary title in OSCAR

      2. Click on 'Browse or checkout this EBook'. This will take you to the NetLibrary web site. If you have already set up your account, please login. If you haven't set up an account, please click on Create an Account. (After creating an account, you will have to search for the book again.)

      3. Select the Browse this eBook online option in the box titled 'Read this eBook.' You may browse an eBook without a NetLibrary account.

      4. If after browsing the eBook you wish to check it out, click on the 'Check out this ebook' button in the toolbar at the top of the page. If the button is not available, you need to click on eBook summary to return to the point where you can login and choose the option to Check out and read online. The book will be checked out to you for 24 hours. The check out function gives you exclusive access to the eBook for 24 hours. You must be an SCU student, faculty, or staff member to have this privilege. After the 24 hour time period the eBook is returned to the "virtual bookshelf" and may be accessed by another person. You may "return" the book before the 24 hours have expired by either clicking on the "Check In this eBook" button in the toolbar while the book is open or clicking on the "Reading Room" button in the NetLibrary navigation bar and selecting a title from your eBookShelf and choosing "Check In eBook" from the pull down menu. The NetLibrary servers ensure that only one person can use an eBook copy at a time.

      5. When you finish, click on log out under the NetLibrary main navigation bar to close your account. This will prevent an unauthorized user from accessing your account.

    • When you request a NetLibrary ebook that is being used by another person, you will get the message: All copies of this ebook are in use. You can request to be notified by email once the ebook becomes available.

How do I print or copy?
  • ACLS History E-Book Project: Printing and downloading are not allowed at the request of the publishers.

  • ENGnetBASE: You may print or download using Adobe's print or download functions.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: You may print, copy, email or download one page entry at a time.

  • NetLibrary: You may print or copy one page at a time by using your web browser's print or copy function.

  • Oxford Reference Online: You may print, copy or email one page entry at a time.

Be aware that printing or copying a significant portion of an entire ebook may violate copyright law.