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E-books: Getting started

A guide to finding and using e-books at Camosun College library.

Discovering ebooks

Search for Camosun ebooks in:

  • our library discovery system, Single Searchdecorative
    • the most comprehensive search option
  • the library catalogue
    • large subscription collections not included
  • specific collections,via our list of Databases A-Z
    • search each provider for the most current content

Camosun ebook collections

Offcampus access to these collections requires authentication:

Our subscription collections cover a broad range of subject areas, including history, science, literature, technology, and business.

FREE ebook collections

Ebooks @ Camosun

decorativeAcademic ebooks are excellent either for quick facts or indepth research. You can access many of our ebooks 24/7, although some are restricted to one user at a time.

No e-reader? No problem! Camosun Library ebooks can be read directly from your internet browser - from the library, in computer labs, or at home. Most are mobile friendly.

Each vendor and package has its own licensing terms, restrictions, etc. which may affect how you access their ebooks. Refer to Tech Tips for more help.

Ebook myths

Myth: You need a specialized e-reader to access ebooks.

Reality: Most Camosun Library ebooks can be read directly within your internet browser - from the library, in computer labs, or at home.

Myth: If the library provides access to a text book in digital format then students won’t have to buy it.

Reality: the number of simultaneous users varies with publisher, platform, and title, and although there are a variety of ebook licensing options available, not all publishers permit multiple simultaneous users.

Tip for instructors: If you're planning to use a specific ebook in your class, please check with your subject librarian in advance.

Myth: Library ebooks can’t be downloaded.

Reality: Download options vary by publisher and platform. Some require special software or setup options and some may restrict downloads, but many are available for offline viewing.

Tip: If you just want to check a few facts, the online (PDF or EPUB) viewing options are usually fastest!

Myth: Academic library ebook collections only include nonfiction or reference titles.

Reality; Many of our collections include a wide variety of fiction.

Tip: If you're using Single Search, try adding the Subject term = Fiction and then limiting by Source Type.

Myth: Ebooks always have the most up-to-date information.

Reality: Some older titles may have been digitized recently, but the content could be outdated.

Tip: Check the original publication date.

Myth: Ebooks are cheaper than print books.

Reality: Prices may vary widely, depending on licensing options and other factors, and may come with added hosting fees.

Myth: Print books are dead. Today’s students only want books in digital formats.

Reality: Both print and ebooks are popular with college students. Camosun Libraries circulated over 38,000 print items in 2016/17.

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