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Details of eBooks

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

Display of eBook, The Oxford handbook of human resource management in library search

After clicking Online Access you will be taken to the details page of the eBook in a new window.

 

The details page 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:

 

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

 

Reading an eBook Online

Depending on the eBook provider or publisher the details page can display different options for reading online. To read the eBook online you will need to find an icon like:

 

  • Read online 

    OR
  • PDF Full Text 

 

You will now be in a PDF viewer where you can read the book. From this viewer you may have the option to:

In order to carry out these tasks, you may be prompted to 'loan' the eBook. This is not the same as downloading the book.

The following options require an account with the provider (e.g. a personal EBSCO account)

  • add notes
  • to save highlighting
  • add to folder 

Examples of eBook details webpages

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