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This is a quick reference overview and walk through on how to find and use the library's ebooks.
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How do I get to eBooks?

 Be sure to search the library catalog when looking for books.  The library's collection contains both print and electronic books.  When you search the library catalog you will see this symbol next to an entry that is an E-Book. 

If you want to access an E-Book, first click the title of the item to see the full record.  Then look for the grey bar with a link to connect (below).  Make sure you pick the link that say UHD users and not a different UH-System campus.

The Library has access to ebooks through different platforms, but most of the collection is accessed through just a few of these platforms.

Take a look at some walkthroughs on the tabs at the top of the page for the major platforms. 


What is an E-Book?

The "E" in E-book is for electronic and an E-book is a book in a digital file format. The E-book process begins with a digital format (the file) that is used by an E-book reader (the software) to create a readable electronic version of a book with an electronic machine (the computer).

E-books in the University of Houston-Downtown library catalog are viewable by computers in the library’s 4th floor computer lab, or by a currently enrolled University of Houston-Downtown student, staff, and faculty on a computer that has Internet access.

Access to E-book files outside of the University of Houston-Downtown library catalog may cost money, and may have some user restrictions with technology limitations. Be sure to understand clearly the rights and user privileges that an E-book purchase offers before purchasing.

Any librarian at the W.I. Dykes library is happy to explain and answer any question you may have about E-books.

Where Can I Find eBooks?

  • Ebrary  
    Full text of 73,000 scholarly and professional books. All books can be read online. Many can be downloaded to computers and other devices.
  • EBSCOhost eBook Collection  Icon  Icon
    Electronic books from academic, professional, and popular publishers.
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book  Icon  Icon
    Electronic books in history and the arts. All books are chosen by scholars.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  Icon  Icon
    Basic information from specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.
  • Safari Books Online  Icon
    Current books in business, computer science, and information technology.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Famous and important books of fiction and nonfiction.
  • Google Books
    Search inside millions of books - some available online, some available in libraries.
  • Directory of Open Access Books
    DOAB is a searchable index of books published using the open-access business model. The Open Access Publishing in European Networks Foundation launched this service, currently in Beta, in April 2012. The site offers titles from a number of academic publishers across a variety of subjects. Users can browse or search the index.
  • SAGE Knowledge eBooks  Icon  Icon
    E-books and encyclopedias in business, communication, criminology, education, psychology, and other fields.
  • SpringerLink  Icon  Icon
    Journals and e-books in the sciences, computing, engineering, mathematics, business, behavioral sciences, and the social sciences. UHD subscriptions include access to most English-language materials from 2005 to present with deeper historical backfiles for selected titles.
  • E-Libro  Icon  Icon
    E-Libro is the largest collection of academic and fiction e-books in Spanish (60,000 titles and growing).
  • PsycBOOKS  Icon  Icon
    Books and book chapters from the American Psychological Association.
  • Oxford Reference Online  Icon  Icon
    English and bilingual dictionaries, quotation dictionaries, and specialized subject dictionaries.
  • Oxford Music Online  Icon  Icon
    Information about composers, musicians, instruments, music forms, and terminology.
  • Oxford Art Online  Icon  Icon
    Information about artists, art forms, and terminology from the Grove Dictionary of Art and other sources.
  • Pop Culture Universe - eBooks  Icon
    Electronic books on American popular culture from 1900 to the present.
  • ASM Handbooks Online  Icon
    Comprehensive engineering reference data on materials.
  • PsychiatryOnline Books  Icon
    Features the DSM-5 among other leading Psychiatry textbooks.

Can I download an ebook?

While all ebooks can be read on any computer with internet access, there is some limited ability to download ebooks for a period of time.  Currently Ebrary allows some downloading.  You can download a chapter from the viewer, or you can install the ebrary reader on your computer which will allow you to checkout and download an entire book. 

Ebrary: Ebrary Help  Use the sections on the left for "Installing the ebrary Unity Reader" and "Creating an Account"

E-Book and E-Textbook Notice

*Notice* E-textbooks that are sold at the UHD bookstore and other outside locations normally allow for one file to be download to two computers. Normally, E-textbook purchases are NOT unlimited downloads, and downloading the files onto library computers is NOT recommended. For more information about E-textbooks, you may visit the UHD bookstore and the Nook Study sites using the links below.


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