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eBooks in SuperSearch

Searching eBooks  |  Reading eBooks  |  Citing eBooks  |  eBook FAQs

Searching eBooks

  • Go to the Twin Cities Library’s homepage:
  • Enter search terms into the SuperSearch box in the middle of the homepage.
  • Select the search button.
  • Log in (off-campus only) with your Saint Mary's username and password.
  • Select the checkbox next to eBooks in the Limit by Type of Resource section, located in the left sidebar, which will limit your search results to eBooks.

Need more help searching? Check out our Searching in SuperSearch tutorials.

Reading eBooks

View eBooks in SuperSearch, on a tablet or eReader, or on your computer desktop.

Read in SuperSearch

  1. Search for your eBook in SuperSearch.
  2. Select eBook Full Text.
  3. Read the eBook.

Download to Apple or Android Device

View eBooks on Apple or Android devices by following the instructions below.

  1. Install reader software based on your device.
    • Apple devices (e.g., iPhone, iPod, or iPad):
      • Download the latest version of EBSCO ebooks app from the iTunes store.
      • Create an Adobe account.
      • Write down your Adobe username and password
      • Enter your Adobe ID to view the book in EBSCO ebooks.
    • Android (e.g., phone or tablet):
      • Download the latest version of EBSCO ebooks app from Google Play.
      • Create an Adobe account.
      • Write down your Adobe username and password
      • Enter your Adobe ID to view the book in EBSCO ebooks.
  2. Search for your eBook in SuperSearch.
  3. Select Download (Offline).
  4. Log into your My EBSCOhost account, which is the same as your SuperSearch account.
  5. Select Checkout & Download.
  6. Enter your Adobe ID after EBSCO eBooks opens if prompted (Apple and Android devices only).
  7. Select Read Now or Read Later.

Download to Kindle

Transfer 60 PDF pages to your Kindle. Learn how at

Download to Computer

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Download the newest version of Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Create an Adobe account.
  4. Enter your Adobe ID to activate Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Search for your eBook in SuperSearch.
  6. Select Download (Offline).
  7. Log into your SuperSearch account. (Learn how.)
  8. Select Checkout & Download.
  9. Select Open with or Save File from the pop-up box.
    • If you open the file, your eBook will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
    • If you save the file, the eBook will save on your computer and can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions later.
  10. Access your eBook later by opening Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop. No need to revisit SuperSearch!

Citing eBooks

Use the Writing Center's Citing eBooks handout at

eBook FAQs

  • What happens to a downloaded book at the end of the checkout period? Does it disappear?
    According to our eBook vendor, "No, 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."
  • How do I add notes? If I download a book and add notes, do the notes disappear at the end of the checkout period?
    Add notes to any eBook. Learn how at  
    Take note! Notes disappear at the end of the checkout period, so print them prior to the due date. Note printouts contain each note and its corresponding page number.
  • What if someone has my eBook checked out? Can I reserve it?
    Our eBooks have unlimited simultaneous checkouts, but you can reserve them, too.
    • Select Download (Offline).
    • Enter your email address in the field provided.
    • Select Place Hold. 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.
  • I returned and/or deleted my eBook from Bluefire Reader and now cannot redownload it.
    Uh oh. Bluefire Productions say this error is a known issue within the app. Their development team is currently working to correct the problem (January 2015). While they are hopeful to see an improvement in this area in a future update of the app, no timetable has been set for this update's development or release. So, in the meantime, when in doubt, hold on to your eBooks. If you really need to read the eBook, you should be able to access it on a different device.

Need more help?

Learn more by viewing this tutorial in the following format: PDF