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E-books are online books which are not physically located in our Library. Rather, the Library purchases online access to them through the web. The Trent Library currently has access to about 300,000 e-books.
When you connect to an e-book purchased by the Library, you only use it temporarily, which is different than owning your own copy. You normally use the book through the publisher's website, rather than downloading it.
There are a variety of platforms available for hosting e-books. (Scholars Portal publishes a guide on major platforms for e-books, if you're interested. See the link below.)
Increasingly, more publishers are offering the option to download a book to your own device, for a limited time. These books require software such as "Adobe Digital Editions" in order to read them.
See instructions (.pdf) on downloading the software and checking out books.
There are two methods for locating e-books available at the Trent Library:
When you search TOPCAT you find all our resources - including both print books and e-books.
Sometimes we have a book in both formats, but often it's just one or the other.
You can recognize an e-book in TOPCAT by the icon. Click this icon to link to the book online.
Advanced Search is a keyword search with options for limiting your results. Use it to limit your results to e-books.
TOPCAT will search for ONLY e-books that match your other search criteria.
Here's a screen capture showing an Advanced Search with the Location: E-Book selected.
The results are ONLY e-books whose description contains the term "fingerprinting" somewhere.
The following screenshot shows the first two items found, in brief view.
The full record of an item is shown below. Look for the link icon and click it to access the book. It will open a new window/tab and display the book. If the book is available from more than one location, there will be a link for each location.
Most of our e-books come as part of large packages from publishers. You can find these:
From there you can connect to a publisher's website to search.
Unless you know a book is available from a particular publisher, this may not be a very effective way to search. TOPCAT is a better way to search for e-books.
If you've used Google Scholar to find e-books, it should link you to these sites. Set your preferences for Trent - see link below to find out how.
The largest selections of e-books are on the Scholars Portal Books and ebrary sites, containing books from a variety of publishers. They're a good place to start.