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ENGL 1101 Online: E-Books

Research help for English 1101 Online

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  • Finding E-books
  • E-book Collections
  • How to use E-books

Finding E-books

E-books are just like physical books, but you can access them immediately! You have access to a full library of electronic books from any computer with Internet access; an e-book reader is not necessary! But if you have an e-reader, you can download e-books to mobile devices.

There are three ways to find electronic books at GSU:

  • The GIL-Find catalog helps you locate many e-books on your topic in one search. After completing your search by topic, title, author, etc., select  Full Access Online under "Availability" and books under "Format" to narrow to ebooks.
  • The Discover Tool : After completing your search, select  ebooks under "Format."
  • Searching individual e-book databases give you the most complete results and allows you to search within the book.

E-Book Collections

E-book collections most recommended for current topics research projects include:

How to use Ebooks

Do I need to download the e-book?Ebooks may come in PDF or Epub formats or they may be downloaded to your computer or mobile device for offline reading.

  • PDF and EPub: Many of our ebooks are available to read on your computer or device in PDF or EPub format without downloading. When you use ebooks this way, when you close them, they are not saved on your device.
  • Downloading ebooks places a file on your device that you can access for a limited period of time.  The file will expire after your loan period (or "check out" period) is over. When you use ebooks this way, you can make notes and bookmarks. If there are a limited number of concurrent users, the entire period of your loan period will count as one user until you "return" the book or the loan expires.

For downloading instructions, see our E-book guide: 

Can I Print/Save/Email or Copy/Paste pages from the Ebook?Publisher Permissions and Concurrent User information is in the ebook record.

E-book publishers put restrictions on the number of pages you my save, print, or email. This varies by book, ranging from 0-100 pages, but 60 pages is typical. Publishers also determine if portions of the book may be copy-and-pasted. Information about the book tells you about the restrictions as well as the number of simultaneous users -- that is, the number of people at GSU who can use the book at the same time.

How do I navigate an ebook?

The appearance and functions of the ebook reader interface vary from database to database, but most include similar functions.  These functions include:

  • Navigating by chapter
  • Navigating by page
  • Searching within the text
  • Options to adjust the view (only E-pub lets you resize the text within the page)

‚ÄčTools in the ebook interface include clicking on the chapter title, searching within the book, going to specific pages, and tools to save, email, or print select pages.

More about Ebooks

For more about ebooks, see our E-book Guide: