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EbooksOld2020: FAQ & Help

Electronic Books and Resources at Clemson University Libraries

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How do I search for ebooks in the catalog?

A:  You can search for ebooks in the catalog by limiting the type of material to "electronic resources."  To do so, change the selection in the location drop down menu from "View Entire Collection" to "Electronic Resources."


Q:  Do I need special software to use an ebook?

A:  Some ebook providers require a special software to use an ebook.  This software is free and can be found on the providers' ebook site for a quick download and installation.


Q:  Are ebooks "Checked Out" like print books?

A:  Some ebooks (such as those from EBSCO, Ebook Central, or Business Expert Press) require an electronic check-out, which will restrict the amount of time material may be kept on your device.  Other ebooks do not require check-outs and are available to be view online, printed, or downloaded by chapter depending on the publisher.


Q:  How long can I keep an ebook checked-out?

A:  Check-out lengths vary depending on the publisher.  EBSCO ebooks may be checked out for 7-14 days.  Ebook Central books may be checked out for 1-7 days.  Business Expert Press ebooks may be checked out for 14 days.


Q:  Where can I find additional help using Knovel ebooks?

A:  Check out the Knovel ebooks LibGuide or the Knovel support center.

Ebook Central ebooks

ProQuest offers a variety of videos on their YouTube channel demonstrating a variety of functions, from simple searching to more advanced training, available in Ebook Central.


More eBook Tutorials

EBSCO eBooks

The EBSCO YouTube channel hosts a collection of video tutorials about their eBook and audiobook resources.

For help downloading an EBSCO ebook, watch the video below.

SpringerLink eBooks

Springer offers a variety of online video tutorials to help use their materials.  These tutorials are available in English with many other language options in subtitles (such as Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese).

For help using Springerlink ebooks, watch the video below.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Cengage Learning offers video tutorials of the Gale Virtual Reference Library on their YouTube channel.  Tutorials cover topics ranging from browsing & searching to downloading PDFs to eReaders to viewing resources in multiple languages.