The purpose of this guide is to organize some of the information available about electronic books available either through Boatwright Library's purchases and subscriptions, or through free or commercial sources.
Although electronic books are part of many databases that also include articles in journals, others belong to collections composed exclusively of ebooks or reside on their publishers' websites. Those in mixed collections must usually be approached through the search portal of that collection. Stand-alone texts are always independently accessible through the catalog by searching for the author, title, subject, or by keyword. Some e-books in e-book collections may be identified either through the "e-books and e-docs" limit on the basic search page or by choosing the "Electronic Books" tab and then searching one of the named collections; others should be searched through their individual search portals. The chief advantage of using the individual portal is that you can always search the full text, which is not the case when you are using the catalog. You can also access electronic books through Onesearch, which can search the full text of some of the book collections.