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Finding eBooks through CSP Library

How do I access eBooks on ProQuest eBook Central?

  1. Navigate to Ebook Central from the library homepage by selecting Databases above the OneSearch toolbar. Click on "E" and scroll down until you find the database "eBook Central." Here is the direct link to Ebook Central as well.
  2. Log in using your CSP username and password.
  3. Search for eBooks by keyword, author, or title. You can also browse by subject.
  4. After you search, use the filters in the left taskbar to narrow your results. (This taskbar is not available on mobile devices. You may have to use more specific search terms, or you can also sort the results.)
  5. When you find the eBook you want, click on the title to view the record for it.
  6. You'll have 3 options for viewing the eBook: Read Online, Download Book, and Download PDF Chapter.
    1. Read Online: This is the easiest way to access an eBook on ProQuest. The eBook can be viewed in your browser. You can share the eBook, search within the text, copy quotations, and get citations. (The number of pages you can copy is different for each book. This number is indicated on the record under "Availability.") If you create an account, you can highlight, bookmark, and take notes. You can also add the eBook to your bookshelf for later use. 
    2. Download Book: Downloading an eBook is similar to checking a book out from the library. You will need 3 accounts to download an eBook (CSP, ProQuest, and Adobe ID). You can select how long you'll keep the eBook, and you can access it from multiple devices. When the loan period ends, you will no longer be able to access the eBook. This eBook can only be opened in Adobe Digital Editions. See "What is Adobe Digital Editions?"
    3. Download PDF Chapter: If you need a specific chapter from the eBook, you can download a PDF version of the chapter. The number of pages you can download is different for each eBook. This PDF can be opened in any application that reads PDF (e.g. Adobe Reader, Google Chrome, & Microsoft Edge). This PDF is yours to keep and will not expire. You do not need to create an account to download a PDF chapter.

Anatomy of an eBook Record

  1. Options: Click Read Online to view the eBook in your web browser. When viewing an eBook this way, you have options to annotate, make notes, and save the eBook. Click on Download Book to check out the eBook and open it in Adobe Digital Editions. (Note: not all books are available for download.)
    • You can add the eBook to your bookshelf (to do this, you'll need to sign up for a free ProQuest account).
    • You can also share a link to the eBook and get a citation example of the book. Make sure you check the citation for accuracy. These citations are made by a computer and have not been reviewed by a person.
  2. Availability: You can also Read Online or Download Book from here. (Note: not all books available to download.) In addition, this area gives you the option to download a chapter of the eBook to PDF. You can view the permissions for this particular eBook, including how many pages you can copy and paste, and how many pages you can download to PDF.
  3. Table of Contents: This shows you what chapters are in the book, and allows you to download specific chapters or to jump to that chapter when viewing the eBook online.
  4. Book Details: This is the information you'll need for your citation. It also shows subject headings for the eBook. If you click on any of these, you will be redirected to a new search for all items that have that subject heading.
  5. You May Also Like: Below the Book Details, are recommendations for similar eBooks available on eBook Central. Some records have additional content below this box. If the record you are viewing has tags here, you can click on these and browse titles that are also tagged with that keyword. Some records also have a short author biography or altmetrics, which shows how many times the eBook has been cited.

What is Adobe Digital Editions?

Adobe Digital Editions is a separate application from Adobe Reader. It is specifically for eBooks and is required for offline reading of most CSP ebooks. You can use it on your Windows or Mac computer, or you can install the app on your Apple or Android phone. It is not compatible with Kindles.

To install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Download Book. A pop-up will ask you what device you are using and whether it is your own or a public computer. Answer according to the computer you are on and hit continue.
  2. The next screen will indicate that you need Adobe Digital Editions. Click on the link it provides. This will open a new window with links to download the application for Mac and Windows. Select the one for the computer you are working on. Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions.
  3. Log in to Adobe Digital Editions by clicking on "Help" and selecting "Authorize Computer." Click on Create an Adobe ID to create an account.
  4. When you're done with the installation, return to the window that shows the eBook you want to download and select how long you want to keep the eBook.

To install Adobe Digital Editions on your mobile device, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Download Book. A pop-up will ask you what device you are using and whether it is your own or a public device. Answer according to the device you are on, and hit continue.
  2. The next screen will show you the app for Adobe Digital Editions. Click the link, and you will be redirected to the app store for your device.
  3. If the redirect is unsuccessful, open your app store and search for Adobe Digital Editions. Install and open the app.
  4. Log into the app by clicking the menu icon on the top left corner. Select Settings, then select Authorize.You can also create an Adobe ID. This is separate from the account you created in eBook Central. If you connect your Adobe ID with Facebook, Google, or Apple, you will need to go into Password and Security and create a password in order to log in on your device. Once this is complete, you can enter your username and password on the Adobe Digital Editions app.

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