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This guide provides links to the Library's major sources of ebooks and information on how to download ebooks to electronic devices which support PDF.
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Search Tools for Ebooks

In addition to searching the individual collections listed on the right, there are several other strategies that can be used for tapping into the Library's ebooks.

  • ScholastiCAT
    You can use ScholastiCAT, our Library catalog, to search for ebooks by keyword, author, title or subject heading. The catalog does not search within the text of ebooks.
    SOLAR is a "discovery tool" which can be used for searching against nearly all of the Library's resources including ebooks. Since SOLAR searches the contents of our catalog (ScholastiCAT)--and all of our ebooks are eventually cataloged--it will include ebooks in search results. In SOLAR, try limiting your results after a search, by clicking on "ebooks" under "Source Type" on the left-hand menu.
  • Reference Universe
    This is an excellent tool for discovering the contents of our electronic (and print) reference books. After entering your search terms, Reference Universe provides links to electronic reference books when they are available.

Ebook Collections

Below are the major sources of ebooks offered by the Library.

  • EBSCO Academic Ebook Collection
    EBSCO's multi-disciplinary collection includes over 113,000 academic ebooks. The Library has unlimited access to these titles for the CSS community so it is possible for faculty to create links to individual titles in Blackboard or on course pages.
  • EBSCO Ebooks
    EBSCO Ebooks (formerly known as NetLibrary) includes over 120,000 titles. This includes all of the titles from the Academic Collection (see above) as well as additional titles from EBSCO which we have acquired over the past 10 years.
  • Elsevier/ScienceDirect
    This is a new collection of 38 ebook titles in the health sciences. Titles include Clinical Case Studies in Physiotherapy, Ergonomics for Therapists, Exercise Physiology in Special Populations, and Finding the Evidence for Practice.
  • IGI Global Research
    This collection includes current ebooks for health information management and informatics.
  • Reference
    Links to individual encyclopedias; access to large e-reference collections.

Using Ebook Readers

Nooks and most other e-readers (except Kindle)

Since nearly all of our ebooks are in PDF format, you should be able to read the texts on personal devices which support PDF. You can download and use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer PDF files from your computer to most ebook readers except for the Kindle. Adobe Digital Editions can also be used for "checking out" titles from the EBSCO Ebook collections (see listings above).

Adobe Digital Editions is compatible with dozens of devices. We have developed specfic directions for using Adobe Digital Editions with the Nook. The same directions should be adaptable to other devices which are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.


Bluefire Reader is recommended for downloading our EBSCO ebooks for offline reading on  Apple iOS and Android devices. The software is not necessary if you are simply reading ebooks when visiting the EBSCO sites.


Although the Kindle is not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, it is now possible to use Send to Kindle to email PDF files to your Kindle reader. The process is reasonably straightforward. You will need to log into your Amazon account in order to get the email address that you will send files to. In the account, you will also need to identify the email addresses from which you will be sending files to your Kindle. When you email PDFs to your Kindle, you can have your PDF file converted to the Kindle format by typing "convert" in the subject line of the email address. This can make reading from your Kindle quite a bit easier. All of these steps are described in detail on the Amazon site.


Ebooks in Public Libraries

So far, our ebook collection is mostly comprised of academic titles which support CSS courses and research.

Keep in mind that public libraries in the region are developing impressive collections of ebooks that might be of more interest for leisure reading. To get started, check these pages at Duluth Public Library or the  Arrowhead Library System. All that you need to borrow ebooks for free is a valid public library borrower's card.

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