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eBooks in SuperSearch

Searching eBooks  |  Reading eBooks  |  Citing eBooks  |  eBook FAQs


Searching eBooks

  1. Go to the Twin Cities Library’s homepage: www.smumn.edu/tclibrary
  2. Enter search terms into the SuperSearch box in the middle of the homepage.
  3. Select the search button.
  4. Log in (off-campus only) with your Saint Mary's username and password.
  5. Select the checkbox next to eBooks in the Filter by Resource Type section, located in the left sidebar.
    Note: you may need to select Show More to see the eBooks checkbox.

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 PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text.
  3. Read the eBook.
    Hint: Use the table of contents on the left to navigate through 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 the Bluefire Reader app from the iTunes store.
      • Create an Adobe account.
      • Write down your Adobe username and password
      • Enter your Adobe ID in the Bluefire Reader app when prompted.
    • Android (e.g., phone or tablet):
      • Download the latest version of the Bluefire Reader app from Google Play.
      • Create an Adobe account.
      • Write down your Adobe username and password
      • Enter your Adobe ID in the Bluefire Reader app when prompted.
  2. Enable pop-ups in your browser settings if they have been disabled.
  3. Search for your eBook in SuperSearch.
  4. Select Download.
  5. Log into your SuperSearch Folders (EBSCO) account. (Learn how.)
  6. Select the EPUB or PDF download format.
  7. Check the box labeled I have Bluefire Reader or equivalent installed.
  8. Select Download.
  9. Enter your Adobe ID after Bluefire Reader opens if prompted (Apple and Android devices only).
  10. Select Read Now or Read Later.

Download to Kindle

Transfer upt to 60 PDF pages to your Kindle. Learn how at http://bit.ly/eBook-Kindle

Learn how to convert a chapter or section of the eBook to a PDF.

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.
    • You may need to select Authorize Computer under the Help menu to log in with your Adobe ID and password.
  5. Search for your eBook in SuperSearch.
  6. Select Download.
  7. Log into your SuperSearch Folders (EBSCO) account. (Learn how.)
  8. Select the PDF download format.
  9. Check the box labeled I have Adobe Digital Editions or equivalent installed.
  10. Select Download.
  11. 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.
  12. Access your eBook later by opening Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop. No need to revisit SuperSearch!

Citing eBooks

Visit the American Psychological Association's APA Blog to learn how to cite an ebook.


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.  
    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.
  • 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