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EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO's Academic eBooks contains over 120,000 eBooks. Topics include business, education, health and medicine, biographies, law, psychology, religion, and social sciences.

Accessing  |  Searching  |  Viewing/Downloading  |  Citing eBooks  |  eBook FAQs


Accessing EBSCO eBooks

  • Mouseover the articles, books, & more tab at the top of the Twin Cities Library website, and select Databases.  Choose EBSCO eBooks from the list.
  • Off-campus users: You will be prompted to enter your Saint Mary's University username and password after you select the database.

Searching EBSCO eBooks

You have three basic and one advanced searching options in EBSCO eBooks.

  1. Search by keyword. Enter your term(s) into the search box and select Search.
  2. Browse by subject category. View a results list by selecting a broad subject area.
  3. View highlighted, popular books. Go directly to the book by selecting its cover.
  4. If you want to perform a more in depth search, select the Advanced Search link under the search box. On the resulting page, you have multiple search boxes. You can perform a scholarly search using options including:
    • ISBN
    • Author
    • Title

Searching EBSCO eBooks


Viewing and Downloading eBooks

The three options for viewing eBooks include viewing in EBSCO eBooks (must have Internet connection), viewing on your computer desktop* (offline), and viewing on a tablet or eReader* (offline).

View in EBSCO eBooks

  1. Search for your eBook in EBSCO eBooks.
  2. Select the link eBook Full Text.

Download to Computer

This option is best if you want to revisit the eBook frequently without having to look it up in EBSCO eBooks. Your computer needs Adobe Digital Editions software.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Search for your eBook in EBSCO eBooks.
  3. Select Download Offline.
  4. If you are not logged into your EBSCO/SuperSearch account, you will be prompted to do so.
  5. Select Checkout & Download.
  6. Select Open with or Save File from the pop-up box.
    • If you open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe Digital Editions.
    • If you save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions later.
  7. The next time you want to read your eBook, open Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop and your eBook will be there.

Download to Mobile Device or eReader

To view on a mobile device or eReader (e.g., iPad, Kindle) you need to download the entire document to the reader software specific to your device.

  1. Install reader software based on your device.
    • Apple devices (e.g. iPhone, iPod, or iPad): Download the latest version of Bluefire Reader. Create an Adobe account. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID in order to view the book in Bluefire. (Learn how.)
    • Android: Download the latest version of Bluefire Reader. Create an Adobe account. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID in order to view the book in Bluefire. (Learn how.)
    • Kindle: Learn how. (Only 60 pages can be transferred to your Kindle.)
  2. Search for your eBook in EBSCO eBooks.
  3. Select Download Offline.
  4. If you are not logged into your EBSCO/SuperSearch account, you will be prompted to do so.
  5. Select Checkout & Download.
    • For Apple and Android devices, Bluefire will open, and you will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID. For Kindle - see the directions linked to above.

Downloading eBooks Offline


Citing eBooks

EBSCO eBooks provides a premade citation for you, but the citation is incorrect. The Twin Cities Writing Center created a handout for you to use when citing eBooks.

If you have citation questions, please contact the Writing Center for assistance.


EBSCO eBooks FAQs

What happens to the downloaded book at the end of the checkout period? Does the book disappear?
EBSCO says: "After an eBook checkout has expired, the downloaded eBook file can still be found in Digital Editions but cannot be opened. You must manually delete the file from Digital Editions to remove it from your computer. Note: This also applies to any portable devices (such as Apple or Android devices) to which you have transferred the eBook."

If I download a book and add notes, do the notes disappear at the end of the checkout period?
EBSCO has a great user guide that explains how to add notes.
Unfortunately, notes do disappear once the checkout time expires for an eBook. We suggest you print your notes before your loan period is up. Your printed notes page will list each note along with its corresponding page number.

What if someone has my eBook checked out? Can I reserve it?
Most of our eBooks have unlimited simultaneous checkouts, so with luck you will never encounter this issue! However, you can reserve checked-out eBooks:

    Placing a Hold on an eBook
  1. Click Download Offline.
  2. If the eBook is checked out, you will see the message Sorry, this eBook is in use.
  3. Enter your email address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button.
    • When the eBook is available, you are notified via the email address you provided and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.

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EBSCO eBooks (PDF)
Searching eBooks (Video)
Downloading eBooks (Video)
eBooks on iOS devices (Web)
eBooks on Android devices (Web)