In all the time that you’ve spent at the library, have you ever heard of “EBL”? Do you know what it is? Do you know what “EBL” stands for?
I’m not entirely sure what “EBL” stands for, but I do know it’s a way you can access over 500,000 E-Books. (To put that in perspective, in the entire Club Phil Library, there are only around 400,000 physical books!)
It’s a little bit tricky to start using EBL, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it’s one of the best—and easiest—ways to find and read material for your research.
To access EBL, you first click its link below the “Get It!” column on the library homepage.
Next, you enter the username and password that you use for Sakai.
Finally, you can search EBL for titles or topics that you’re interested in.
But what, really, does “EBL” mean? Electronic Book Library? Excellent Bibliotheque Luau? Exclusively Bookish Lunatics?
In all the time that you’ve spent at the library, have you ever heard of “EBL”? Do you know what... MORE
Oh sure, you know what an e-book is. You know you can buy one – they’re all over the Amazon pages. You need one of those Kindles or Nooks to read them – right? Wrong! Especially for e-books here in the Library.
Our e-books (the correct way to spell it includes a hyphen – it’s listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as “e-book”) don’t require you to have an e-reader or app to read them. In fact, all of the e-books in the HELIN catalog can be read from ANY device that has a web browser.
When you find a title that’s available in e-book format in the HELIN catalog, it might look like this:
To open the e-book, you would click “Show Links to Web Content”, and the entry to open PC ‘s “copy” will display first.
But, because we get e-books from a number of different vendors, they all look a bit different when you view them in a browser. Here are some examples:
Here’s the title we selected in the box above. This one is from ebrary. All of the navigation buttons (next page, enlarge text, etc. ) are at the top of the window. The book cover image is shown as a thumbnail in the lower right corner.
…and another example:
Here’s a different e-book , from Ebsco. You have to look to the bottom of the screen to get the button to advance to the next page. There are also options along the right hand sidebar. You can also see that the book’s cover is displayed right in the main viewing window.
So what happens if you want to download them to your iPad or other mobile device? You can do that too – although you can’t download every part of every book. It’s complicated! We will explain all this in a future post….
Until then, happy e-reading!
Oh sure, you know what an e-book is. You know you can buy one – they’re all over the Amazon... MORE