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How to Find Ebooks Online

Tips for finding ebooks through UNL Libraries resources and on the open web.

Finding Ebooks

This guide is meant for UNL patrons who have Ncards (in other words, UNL faculty, staff, and students). Most of the links on this page will only work if you are able to log into the UNL system.

If you can't find an ebook through any of these means, you can place a Delivery/Interlibrary Loan request here:

UNL Libraries Catalog

Start by searching the UNL Libraries catalog for the book you need. If you know the exact title, you can search for the title in quotation marks to narrow down the search faster.

You can limit search results to online resources by selecting "Available Online" near the top of the left-hand column, then clicking "Apply Filters."

Ebooks will have a link that says "Available online." 

Click on the link to see one or more links to publishers/platforms that have the ebook. Click on one of them to access the book.

Different platforms have different rules for how many people can view an ebook at the same time, or how many pages can be saved or printed per day.

Using WorldCat & Google to Find UNL Libraries Resources

If the book doesn't show up in the UNL Libraries catalog, you can try searching in WorldCat's FirstSearch.

You can click on "Internet" to narrow down the search to e-resources.


Click on the book's WorldCat record and scroll down to "Access." This will tell you which publishers/platforms have the ebook. (Just be aware that this list may not be completely up to date.)

You can use this information to determine which database to search for the book in. (Ebrary and MyiLibrary books have been absorbed by ProQuest.)

For example, this book is available in several places: EBSCO, Google Books, JSTOR, MyiLibrary, ProQuest, and VLeBooks. You can try clicking on the links with "" to see if any of these ebooks are accessible through our resources. 


You can also try doing a Google search for the book - search for the title, in quotation marks, plus "JSTOR" or "Project Muse" or "ScienceDirect." If you find a link this way, click on it to make sure we have full-text access. If the Google link doesn't work, go to the databases through the Databases A-Z list or through the links provided in the next box.

Using UNL Libraries Databases

Other Websites to Find Ebooks

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