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Using EBSCO eBooks: Basics

Search over 150,000 ebooks on multiple topics. Must be on campus or have a KU ID to access off campus.

How do I access EBSCO eBooks?

The library's ebook collection is available to current students, faculty, and staff.  Users will need a valid KU login to access ebooks from off-campus.  Instructions here.

Searching for eBooks

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Citing eBooks

How do I cite EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.

Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit EBSCO's Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.

How do I cite an eBook?

Special Features

  • Download thousands of eBooks to you computer.
  • Save a list of favorite eBooks to your free EBSCO account for easy access.
  • Get a citation in multiple formats, including APA and MLA.
  • Save notes on eBooks to your free EBSCO account.
  • View eBook Table of Contents from search Result List.
  • Navigate to eBook chapters or sections directly from Result List and Detail Record.
  • Search within a book for specific terms, yielding a list of hyperlinked pages.
  • Create notes and retain links to the eBook pages viewed when notes were added.
  • Users can place a hold on limited simultaneous user books that are currently checked out.