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eBooks: An Introduction : Home

Ever wonder how to "browse" for ebooks when digital titles don't sit visibly in the stacks? Access the rich content by author, subject or broad specialty, and explore these helpful tips!


Some Basics

Where do I find eBooks? 

eBooks are avaialble on site or remotely by logging into the secure network, then HS Library site.

How do I access eBooks?

Use the Library's A to Z list or the online catalog to find eBooks.

Do I need a special reader or add-on to access eBooks?

View eBook content via the Web browser, and some have apps available for your tablet, iPad or other mobile device (mobile access to become more prevalent in the near future).

Is it difficult to use eBook content?

The look, navigation and functionality varies by publisher, but with many common functions. 

How can I capture the content?

Downloading, saving and printing varies by publisher, most allow printing one chapter at a time.



Sample A to Search Results: Williams


  • The books are always available


  • New content and updates added


  • Ability to customize


  • Take notes, bookmark sections


  • Add images to slides complete with citation


  • Multimedia


  • Earn CME

A Word to the Wise: Some Limitations

  • Some Web browsers work better than others using any of the platforms or publishers. 


  • No one source is complete for any subject. It is prudent to supplement any eBook resources with other point-of-care tools. 


  • Comprehensive journal article searching is best done by searching the databases directly;  PubMed for example provides more filters than any of the eBook search engines and includes searching by MeSH subject terms


  • The ebook content does not always find all relevant National Guideline Clearinghouse guidelines for a given topic


  • Most are not yet functional on a mobile device, but will be 


  • Always ask the Health Sciences Library if you're not finding what you need or if you have questions with any of the functions