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eBooks: eBooks

What is an eBook?

An electronic book (also e-book, ebook, digital book) is a text- and image-based publication in digital form readable on computers. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as "an electronic version of a printed book," but eBooks can exist without any printed equivalent.

Using eBooks

Go to EBSCOhost to access Foothill's eBook collection, or search the library catalog to find eBooks on a specific topic. You do not need an account to use the library's eBooks. For access off-campus, you will be prompted to log in using your student ID; faculty and staff will need to enter their library card number.

When you find an eBook in the library catalog, click on the URLicon to open the eBook.

EBSCOhost eBooks

eBooksThe Foothill library has access to thousands of eBooks from EBSCOhost. The titles were selected by California community college librarians to address a wide range of research areas, and most are recent publications from the past three years.

EBSCOhost also provides Foothill users access to over 3,400 eBooks from sources such as Project Gutenberg. These are generally historic, classic works of fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as non-fiction primary source material from the fields of math, science, religion, philosophy, and American history.

Viewing eBooks

Viewing the library's eBooks does not require any special hardware or software. When you select an eBook to view, it opens in an online reader, a browser-based application designed to present the full text of the eBook along with special navigation features.

System Requirements

In order to effectively use all EBSCOhost features, the minimum browser requirements are Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.0, Google Chrome, and Safari 3.0 (for Macintosh). You must also have Adobe® Reader installed to view the PDF Full Text files. If you are using Visual Search, you must also install Adobe ® Flash Player 8.0 or higher. Mac users will need to install the Schubert PDF Browser Plug-in for the online reader to work properly. Please contact librarian Pam Wilkes at (650) 949-7609, or e-mail if you have questions or need help viewing eBooks on the Mac.

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