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Off-Campus Library Use: For Faculty: Using eBooks for Course Readings

For Faculty: Use eBooks in Your Class

Source: Citi

The library's eBook collection is growing.  We now have eBooks in all major subject areas. You may be wondering: how can I assign one of these for reading in my class

Every publisher and vendor is different, so what works best for each book will vary.

This page details what options and features are available for each of our eBook vendors and platforms.  If you have questions, please contact the Reference department.

Current eBook Vendors & Platforms for course readings:

                • EBL   

                • EBSCO   

                                                                • ebrary

Reserve Guide for EBL

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How to find:

eBooks on EBL are available through through the library catalog.

How to link to eBook:

Each book has a permanent URL that you can use in Sakai or send to your students (see our image-based instructions)

Just copy and paste the link to the book's detail page. 

Advantages of EBL:

  • No limit to the number of students who can use a book at once
  • Ability to link to individual chapters
  • You can read the eBook in your browser, or download it to any device that can handle PDF or epub, including the Kindle Fire (but not older Kindles).
  • Students can print up to 20% of books content
  • Includes dictionary and read aloud features.

Disadvantages of EBL:

  • Annual limit on number of uses, this is set by the publisher but is usually a few hundred..
  • While you can link to individual chapters this does count against the total number of uses.
  • Must borrow (download) book to use print features.

 

Reserve Guide for EBSCO

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How to find:

EBSCO eBooks are available through the library catalog.

How to link to eBook:

Each book has a permanent URL that you can use in Sakai or send to your students.

Run the permanent URL through the library's resource linking tool to make it accessible to students who are off campus.

Advantages of EBSCO:

  • EBSCO is the primary vendor for PLU library databases; chances are, it is familiar to your students.
  • Students can read the eBook right in the browser; no download required
  • Students can save notes and book information to their MyEBSCOHost accounts for later retrieval.

Disadvantages of EBSCO:

  • Only one person can access the book at a time.
  • Limited ability to save and print pages from the book for later reference: you can only save individual pages, and printing is limited to 60 pages.
  • Many users find the in-browser reader slow and cumbersome.
  • Title level linking only; you can't link directly to individual chapters.

Using excerpts:

With some patience and effort, you can download individual pages, stitch them together into a single PDF to post on Sakai. This is an option if you only want your students to read an excerpt of the book. You will need Adobe Acrobat to do this.

 

Reserve Guide for ebrary

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How to find:

eBooks on ebrary are available through the library catalog.

How to link to eBook:

Each book has a permanent URL that you can use in Sakai or send to your students (see our image-based instructions)

Just copy and paste the link to the book's detail page. 

Advantages of ebrary:

  • Option to read the eBook in your browser, or download it to any device that can handle PDF or epub, including the Kindle Fire (but not older Kindles).
  • Students can create and save excerpts as PDFs for permanent use.
  • Users can highlight & make notes in eBooks and save them to their bookshelf.

Disadvantages of ebrary:

  • Some titles only allow one user at a time.

Using excerpts:

You can create a PDF of a a chapter or up to 60 in an Ebrary book, and make that file available to students to download, save, and print their own copy. For complete instructions on creating a PDF chapter, see Ebrary's help site and click "Document Downloading."