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Finding, Accessing, & Using E-Books

A guide to finding ebooks through OPAL and some examples of specific providers of ebooks.

About

To download ebooks from EBSCO and ProQuest, you will need to install a software called Adobe Digital Editions. This is a free software that can be downloaded for PC and MAC. Once you download this software, consult this page for a brief introduction to its features as well as resources for becoming more familiar with this software.

Downloading Ebooks

When you select the option to download an ebook in EBSCO or ProQuest, you will be asked to confirm that you have already downloaded Adobe Digital Editions. If you have not, links will be provided to do so.

EBSCO

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ProQuest

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Using Adobe Digital Editions

Once you have successfully downloaded Adobe Digital Editions, you should be able to download and view ebooks from EBSCO and ProQuest. When Adobe Digital Editions opens, you will be able to see your Library, which will include all of the books that you have downloaded.

To view an ebook, double-click on the cover for the one you want to read. Once you double-click on one of the ebooks, the ebook will appear, and you will be able to view the Table of Contents, bookmarks, and search the book, using the options in the top left. To highlight the text, make notes, or create book marks, select the text with your mouse and right click to see these options. You can move to different sections by clicking on the links in the Table of Contents. To move to a different page, simply scroll with your mouse or use the up and down arrows to the left.

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If you have addition questions about using Adobe Digital Editions, check out the link to the "Adobe Digital Editions FAQ" page below.

Creating an Adobe ID

While an Adobe ID is not required to download and view ebooks from EBSCO and ProQuest, it can make saving your notes and highlights much easier. It can also make viewing the ebook on other devices possible; otherwise, you will be limited to the device that you originally used to download the ebook. To create an Adobe ID, you can go online to the Adobe website, or you can create one when you open the Adobe Digital Editions software on your device.