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Is my textbook available as an eBook?

Some prescribed textbooks for your course may be available through Blackboard in electronic format. This can make accessing your textbook cheaper and easier. However, please note: 

 

  • Due to licensing agreements some eBooks limit the number of simultaneous users
  • There are often restrictions on the amount that can be downloaded, printed or copied. 

Why use eBooks?

  • Searchable - type your keyword/topic of interest and see EVERY page it appears on in the eBook
  • Anywhere, anytime access
  • Cannot get lost & no need to borrow
  • No possibility of overdue fees 

 

Read online

eBooks are digital full text versions of books that can be accessed online. 

 

You can read eBooks online via the "Check for availability" link in a Discover or Catalogue search. You may be prompted to login when accessing eBooks - use your USC username and password. 

After clicking 'Check for availability' you will be taken to the full record of the eBook. From here select the database link to open the homepage of the eBook in a new window.

 

The homepage of the eBook is important because it will prescribe what you can do with the eBook. Different rules apply to each eBook in relation to:

  • How many users can be reading the eBook at the same time
  • Number of pages you can print or save
  • If you are allowed to copy and paste text 
  • How long you can "borrow" the eBook

Quick facts about eBooks @ USC

eBooks are provided through different publishers that present and control the use of eBooks differently. Key things to know about eBooks:
 


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