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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

Finding CIIS E-Books Print Page

Downloading E-books

Most e-books can be read online, but can you download a copy?  It depends!

  • NOTE! Some of our e-books have DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, which is used by some publishers to prevent unauthorized reproduction of their books.  Therefore, it is impossible to transfer DRM-protected books from a library computer to most e-readers (e.g., Kindle or Nook). You can read them on the computer, but not transfer them.

Finding CIIS E-books in the Library Catalog

On the CIIS Library's homepage ( click on the link for the Library Catalog (called "Koha"):

1. When in Koha, click on the link for the advanced search:


2. On the advanced search page, select the method of searching (i.e. Title, Author or Keyword) from the drop down menu and then type your search words in the adjacent box:


3. Then click on the checkbox for the Online option in the Item Type section farther down the page, so that you're seeing ONLY e-books.


4. Then click SEARCH:


5. Once you have found an e-book in your search results that you want, click on the link to access it online:

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Google Books Alert!


      1. Google Books does not know what books CIIS has

      2. Google Books offers previews of paid content and access to free e-books (books that are not under copyright)

      3. But often, Google Books will direct you to sites that will ask you to pay for an e-book

      4. DON'T PAY - look up your book in the CIIS Library's catalog FIRST


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