How to find and use e-books
An e-book is an electronic book that you can read on your pc, laptop, mobile phone or e-reader device.
E-books can be electronic versions of a print book or they may not have any printed equivalent. They come in a variety of formats, all of which can be read online, but some also allow you to download and/or print either the entire book or sections.
Use this guide to learn how to find, read, and cite e-books using Dibner Library databases, as well as Bobst Library and free websites.
Over 280 books, covering all areas of engineering including: bio, chemical, civil, communications, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, and software engineering. Also includes Schaum's Outlines.
Technology books covering subjects such as C++, Java, object-oriented programming, algorithms, computer networks, cryptography, parallel and distributed computing, and much more.
- Cambridge Books Online
Over 3,000 books in science and engineering plus books covering the humanities, social sciences, and medicine.
Search The Combined Chemical Dictionary, Properties of Organic Compounds, The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, and Polymers: A Property Database. NOTE: access via Bobst Library, use NetID to log in.
Professional and technical books in chemistry, engineering, materials science, environmental science, mathematics, statistics, forensic science, law enforcement, information security, neuroscience, and nanotechnology. NOTE: access via Bobst Library, use NetID to log in.
A multidisciplinary e-book collection with many titles in engineering and technology. NOTE: access via Bobst Library, use NetID to log in.
- IET Digital Library
Hundreds of engineering and technology e-books. Note: access via Bobst Library, use NetID to log in.
Online science and engineering reference collection that includes material properties, process and design information, best practices, equations, and interactive graphs and tables.
- Safari Books Online
Over 350 technical e-books in computer science and information technology, including programming languages, operating systems, software applications, and much more.
- Science Direct (Elsevier)
Full text access to over two thousand books and reference works in a wide range of disciplines including Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Math, Health, Management, Social Sciences and the Humanities.
A full text collection of scientific, technological and medical books, journals and reference works. Select "Books" or "Book Series" under content type to limit your results to books.
- Wiley Online Library
An extensive multidisciplinary collection of online resources, covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, engineering, math and the humanities. To view books, click on Publications, then use the filter on the right to select books.
- Portability – Most e-book devices can hold literally hundreds or even thousands of e-books in their memory. That's a lot less weight to lug around in your backpack.
- Instant gratification – Ever wait until the wee hours of the evening to look up that book you need for your research paper? A nice thing about e-books is that you have access to them 24/7 so you can get the book even when the library is closed.
- Search Capability – Entering your keywords in a search box is way quicker than flipping through pages of print.
- Savings – When a hardcover paper book and an e-book of it come out at the same time, the e-book version is usually priced lower. It also tends to be less expensive for a library to store and maintain an e-book collection.
- Requires Special Equipment – All you need to read a print book is the book and some light. Not so with e-books. Whether you use an e-book reader, computer or mobile device–you need some sort of electronic equipment to read an e-book. These devices can be costly and they all require power to function.
- Format Compatibility – Publishers use a variety of different formats for e-books. Some are available as PDFs, others as HTML, and there are those that are compatible with a particular type of device (iPad, Kindle, etc). Some formats have clunky navigation or may not be comtible with your device.
- Digital Rights Management (DRM) – Sometimes e-books may not be downloaded or only a small portion may be printed.
- Doesn't Smell Like a Book – Some book-lovers simply prefer the look, feel, weight, and yes, smell—of a paper book.