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E-books @ JC   Tags: digital books, ebook tutorials, ebooks, ebrary  

Did you know JC has access to thousands of e-books as well as print? Use this guide to figure out how to use them!
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Quick Tip!

Just because an e-book is found online does not mean it will be considered a "website" for your project.

The e-books we provide are acceptable to use in research papers and projects, just like a physical book. Double-check with your professor if you have any doubts!


Accessing E-Books Off-Campus

Only ebrary books are accessible off-campus. See the box to the right for more information on which books can be used off-campus and how to tell the difference.

If you want to use ebrary from off-campus, you will need to enter your JC username and password. These are the same ones that you use to access E-Services, JetNet, and the computers here on campus! After logging in, you will be able to view, access, and use the e-books!

When using ebrary (or any of our other subscription resources) on Jackson College's campus, most likely you will not be asked for a log-in, even if you are using your own computer. Our service usually recognizes when you are accessing resources using the Internet on campus, and that provides enough information to be able to access the resource.


What are E-Books?

Electronic books, usually referred to as e-books, are digital versions of books. They can be books which were originally published in print, then converted to digital format, or even books that are solely published in digital form.The content in the e-book is the same as its physical copy. If you are using an electronic device (whether it be a computer, tablet, smartphone, or e-reader) to read a book, then you are using e-books!

Atkinson Library subscribes to a resource called ebrary, which provides our users with access to over 90,000 academic e-book titles. "Academic" means that they are written by authorities in their field, and can be used for research papers. If your professor asks you to find a book, most likely an e-book will work just as well as a physical print book. 


Which E-Books Can I Use Off-Campus?

When searching JC's catalog, there are two providers of e-books in the catalog: ebrary and NetLibrary. Ebrary books are the only books that can be used off-campus at this time. 

How can you tell the difference?

The "call number" field for the book in the result list will show where the book comes from. If you want to use a book off-campus, make sure to look for Online (EBrary) in this field (see below). 

For NetLibrary books (which cannot be used off-campus), the call number field will say "Online (NetLibrary via MeL)" (see below). If you see this displayed, you will need to be on-campus in order to use the book. 

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