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E-books @ the CIIS Library   Tags: e-books, ebooks, electronic books, online books  

This guide will cover how to find, use, and cite e-books at the CIIS Library (and beyond!)
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Intro to E-Books Print Page

What's an e-book?

An e-book, also known as an electronic book or digital book, is a book that exists in electronic form, whether it started as a print book or not.

CIIS has access to about 100,000 e-books, and almost all are in the library catalog.

You can read the e-books on many devices, including

  • computers
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • e-readers
  • smart phones

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E-books - available everywhere!

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Learn how you can start to use e-books today!

It can be a bit of a challenge to get used to finding, using and reading e-books.  E-books come in many formats, you often need software like plug-ins or apps to read them, they have copyright protection and digital rights management, and they are available on many different platforms on the Web that each have different features.  Many of them require you to create free accounts to unlock personalized features.

This guide will help you to navigate the sometimes complex world of e-books, and provide answers to some of the most typical questions we receive about using our e-books.  Use the tabs above to find answers to your questions and to learn more about specific topics. 

Get more individual help by clicking on the "Appointment" tab on the left, and scheduling an appointment with a librarian.

If you have any questions about this guide, please click "Send Email" in my profile on the right.  Thanks to Johns Hopkins University for the use of their guide - this guide is adapted from their excellent version.

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