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Using EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBook Viewer tools - Top toolbar and controls

On the left side of the eBook Viewer, click on:

  • Result List or New Search to "close" the eBook when done reading it
  • Contents to view the Table of Contents for the eBook title you are reading
  • Search within to search for terms within the text of the eBook
  • My Notes to view your notes or to create a new note about the eBook or a page of the eBook and save it to your personal folder (PDF format eBooks only)

In the row of tools across the top of the Viewer click on:

  • Add to Folder to save the eBook to your My EBSCOhost folder
  • Save Pages to save eBook pages
  • Email Pages to email eBook pages
  • Cite to copy the citation information of the eBook you are reading
  • Dictionary to search for definitions of words in the eBook you are reading
  • Export to export the citation information of the eBook to a citation manager tool
  • Share to share the eBook information on one of several social networks

On the right side of the eBook Viewer click on:

  • Download to check the book out and read it offline at a later time (instructions on how to check out/download an EBSCO eBook are available under the Checking Out / Returning Ebooks tab in this LibGuide)

EBSCO eBook Viewer tools - Bottom toolbar

The EBSCO eBook Viewer bottom toolbar shows slightly different controls, depending on whether you are viewing the eBook in PDF or EPUB format.

When viewing eBooks in PDF format, the following options are available on the toolbar at the bottom of the viewer.

  • Fit Page to Viewport = fit the entire page into the viewport
  • Fit Page Width = fit the width of the page in the viewing area
  • Fit Page = view the entire page in the viewing area
  • Zoom Out = see a wider area of the page but a smaller picture
  • Zoom In = see a smaller area of the page, but a larger picture
  • Page Navigation = use the back or forward arrows to move to the previous or next page, or enter a page number in the field provided and click Go to move several pages up or down

When viewing eBooks in EPUB format, the following options are available on the toolbar at the bottom of the viewer.

  • Fit Page to Viewport = fit the entire page into the viewport
  • Zoom Out = display the text in a smaller font size
  • Zoom In = display text in a larger font size
  • Chapter Navigation = Use the navigation arrows to change the chapter or section of an eBook title you are reading. Contents of the chapter or section can be read using vertical scrolling.

How to save/print pages from an eBook

Up to 100 pages of an eBook can be saved for printing or emailing per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer.
NOTE: The maximum number of pages varies by eBook, depending on limits set by individual publishers.

To save Ebooks pages as a PDF file:

  1. Access the full text of the eBook by clicking on PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text
  2. Go to the first page of the section of pages you would like to save and click the Save Pages link in the tools menu above.
  3. The Save Pages to PDF menu displays. ATTENTION: The number of pages available to save is displayed here.  You will not be able to save more than the allotted number of pages available.
  4. Select one of the following options to inlcude in the PDF:
    • Current Page: save only the page you are viewing.
    • Current Page and the next XX pages: enter the number of pages (up to the maximum allowed by the eBook you are reading) in the field provided.
    • This Section: Select to save the entire section of the eBook. (If available to select)
  5. Select:
    • Save PDF: To save the selected pages to your computer
    • Send as an E-mail: To e-mail the selected pages as a PDF file to yourself
  6. Open the saved PDF and use the Adobe Print function to print out your saved pages

How to add notes to an eBook

The My Notes feature assists with your research by allowing you to take notes on eBooks and save them to your My EBSCOhost folder for later viewing.
ATTENTION: This feature is currently available only in EBSCO eBooks in PDF format.

  1. In the eBook Viewer, click My Notes at the top of the column on the left.
  2. Click the + New Note button that appears in the Notes area. If there are existing notes, they appear in a list in the Notes area.
    IMPORTANT: Click the Sign in to store notes link to save your note(s) to your personal My EBSCOhost folder.

  3. Enter your note text in the field provided and click the Save button. You can adjust how the text appears in your note using the Bold, Italics, and Underline buttons above the text field

  4. Your saved note appears in the Notes list.
      • Click the Edit link to edit the note text
      • Click the Delete link to remove the note

  5. Click Contents at the top of the column to return to the Table of Contents