Books and eBooks
At present, all EBSCO eBooks (formerly netLibrary) are searchable only from EBSCO, not the library catalog. Records for this collection were removed from the library catalog after EBSCO purchased netLibrary in July 2011, until the records could be "cleaned up" so they would be linkable from the catalog.
Students can send themselves a tinyURL from the catalog by email. This tinyURL will take them back into the catalog to the exact page containing the hyperlink to the desired eBook. This streamlines the process of finding and using eBooks.
For EBSCO eBooks, the process is similar. Instead of a tinyURL, a permalink that can be emailed from the EBSCO eBook collection. Students use the permalink to return to the book record, where the full-text can be downloaded and viewed on-screen.
NOTE: The two largest eBook collections (eBrary and EBSCO eBooks) now offer a download option. We are experimenting with the exact check-out period, but three days seems to be the norm. EBSCO eBooks are generally "single-user licenses," meaning that the downloaded eBook is unavailable to others until it is returned. Most of the eBrary books are "multiple-user licenses," so downloading a copy does not affect availability to others. This service is intended primarily for our students who are in the military or out of the country, where Internet connection can be problematic.