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How to Find Ebooks Online

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

Finding Ebooks

Since the UNL Libraries and most other libraries are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may not have access to the print books you are used to using. This guide will give you options for finding ebooks that you can access from home.

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 "Online" near the top of the left-hand column.

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Ebooks will have a link that says "Available online" or the publisher/platform name (for example, SpringerLink or Wiley Online Library). Click on this link to access the book.

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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 "Online" to narrow down the search to e-resources.

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Click on the 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 "libproxy.unl.edu" to see if any of these ebooks are accessible through our resources. 

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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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