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Using EBSCO eBooks

What is My EBSCOhost?

EBSCO offers users the ability to establish free, personalized EBSCOhost accounts, known as My EBSCOhostA free My EBSCOhost account is necessary in order to check out/download eBooks, add and save notes to eBook pages, and place holds on eBooks currently in use by others.

A personal My EBSCOhost account also provides a secure place to store and manage EBSCOhost Result List items, persistent links to searches, saved searches, search alerts, journal alerts, and searching preferences.

Creating a My EBSCOhost account

  1. From any EBSCOhost datbase, including U-Search, click on the Sign In tab.

  2. From the “Sign In to My EBSCOhost” page click on Create a new Account.

  3. Fill out the form and click on the yellow Save Changes button to submit

How to create / manage / delete custom folders in My EBSCOhost

Custom folders allow you to better manage and access items saved to your personal folder area by organizing items according to topic, project, class, etc.

You can create as many custom folders as you require. Custom folders can contain articles, images, search alerts, etc. You can customize the name of each folder and determine which folders nest within other folders, to maximize efficiency when managing saved items.

Only three levels of sub-folders nested within a folder are allowed. Folders created more than four levels deep (a top-level folder plus three sub-folders) are displayed at level four.

You must be signed in as a personalized user (My EBSCOhost) to use the custom folders feature.

To create a new custom folder:

  1. Click the Folder icon. My Folder is displayed.
  2. Click the New link to the right of the My Custom link. The Create New Folder Screen displays.
  3. In the Folder Name field, enter a name for the folder; up to 40 characters.
  4. Move Folder To – You can select a “level” for the folder. (For example, you could create an "Environmental Science Project" folder, and then place a "Going Green" sub-folder within it.)
  5. In the Notes field, you can enter information regarding the folder; up to 200 characters.
  6. Click Save. You are returned to the Folder area, with your named folder displayed in the left-hand column.

To rename a folder:

  1. Click the Folder icon, then click on the folder that you want to rename.
  2. In the Folder Name field, enter the new name for the folder; up to 40 characters.
  3. Click Save. You are returned to the Folder area, with your renamed folder displayed in the left-hand column.

To move a folder and its contents to a different folder:

  1. From within the Folder, click the Edit link below the folder that you want to move.
  2. From the Move Folder to drop-down list, select the folder to which you want to move the items (the “target” folder).   
  3. Click Save. The folder and its contents are moved to the target folder.

To move items to a different folder:

  1. From within the Folder, mark the check box to the left of the items that you want to move. (For example, articles, images, videos, etc. To select all, mark the Select All check box to the left of the Delete Items button.)
  2. Click the Move To button. Select the folder to which you want to move the items (the “target” folder). The items will be moved to the target folder.

To copy items to a different folder:

  1. From within the Folder, mark the check box to the left of the items that you want to copy. (For example, articles, images, videos, etc. To select all, mark the Select All check box to the left of the Delete Items button.)
  2. Click the Copy To button. Select the folder to which you want to copy the items (the “target” folder). The items will be copied to the target folder.

To delete items from a folder:

  1. From within any folder, mark the check box to the left of the items that you want to delete. (For example, articles, images, videos, etc. To select all, mark the Select All check box to the left of the Delete Items button.)
  2. Click the Delete Items button. The items are automatically deleted.

To delete a folder:

  1. Click the Folder icon, then click the plus sign next to the folder that you want to delete.
  2. Click the Edit link below the folder name.
  3. Click the Delete Folder button. A confirmation message displays.
  4. Select Yes. The folder and its contents are permanently deleted.

ATTENTION: the top-level folder (My Folder) can never be deleted.