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eBook Basics: Using EBSCO eBooks in the Classroom

EBSCO eBooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using eBooks available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.

Using EBSCO eBooks provides some advantages over print books in addition to cost-savings. Students can:

  • Search within the titles for words or phrases
  • Save/email/print chapters or sections
  • Automatically generate bibliographic citations or export to bibliographic management tools

Students can find the book in multiple ways:

  • A link to the book or book chapter in your course syllabus
  • A library catalog search
  • A search for the title on http://search.ebscohost.com/  

Using Complete eBooks in the Classroom
Students can read the full-text of the title online or download the entire title to a mobile device – iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fire, and Android devices are all supported. Titles downloaded to mobile devices will be available to students as long as the library’s checkout period allows (and then will expire).

If more than one student will need to access or checkout the title at one time, check to make sure the license is for unlimited access. If the license for the title is a single or 3-user license, contact your subject librarian for expanded rights. Licenses can be changed within 30 minutes of notifying EBSCO.

Using Book Chapters in the Classroom
Students can save PDF chapters or sections of EBSCO eBooks for extended access, printing, or sharing via email.

As a faculty member, you may also save PDF chapters and post them directly in your course syllabus, or you could link to the title or chapter directly (if you’re linking to the title, make sure it has unlimited access and make sure your students know they’ll need to authenticate to view their library resources).