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Education Research Guide

Tools and resources for finding research and information in Education subject areas

Other Education ebook Collections

You can use any one of the facets on Springer Link's left menu to further narrow your Education ebook search results. See graphic below for examples.

Springer ebook facets

Padlock  However, a major caveat of Springer ebooks is that only content published since 2011 is open to read or download. Content published before 2011 is locked - i.e., NOT available even for online reading! Instead, throughout Springer you will encounter the option to buy a copy of the ebook or even a single chapter. You will see a yellow padlock icon indicating titles that are locked.

You may occasionally find 2015-2016 titles locked. These titles may not yet be published - keep checking on them in Springer ebooks for them to be unlocked when they are finally released. For available titles, you have a nice option of ordering a soft-cover print version of the title, for a fraction of the cost the print book would normally cost you.

When you need any pre-2011 titles you encounter in Springer ebooks, we *strongly recommend* you use Interlibrary Loan to borrow these titles / chapters for free!  Padlock open

PS - Fun fact: since Springer is a German company, you also have the option to change the search interface to German.  Ja wohl! 

A Tale of Two Accounts!

The Library uses TWO accounts that you may need to use to login for different purposes:  My Account and your Borrower ID account.

pointing hand  My Account on our Library website allows you to create your own booklists, renew items you've checked out, and so on.  But it does NOT give you access to our subscription articles, journals, databases, etc. when you're off campus. 

My Account login uses your ISU NetID and the same password you use for login to Blackboard and AccessPlus. 

pointing handFor off-campus access to our articles, journals, and databases, you'll need to login using your Borrower ID (your unique 11-digit ISUCard number) and your Library password.  When you are off-campus and you click on one of our subscription databases, journals, full-text articles, or streaming videos, a login box will appear and guide you through these steps.

We are working toward a single sign-in solution for My Account and Off-campus access.  We are not yet there - definitely stay tuned!

Using Quick Search to Find eBooks

Do a search in Quick Search on your topic of interest. You can use either Simple or Advanced Search. On your search results screen, look to the Tweak my results menu to find the Full Text Online filter. 

Tweak my results - Full Text Online

Now narrow your Quick Search results first by clicking Full Text Online

You should now have primarily ebooks in your search results; some dissertations and other digital materials may also be included. To further narrow your search results, just use other facets on Quick Search's left menu on your search results screen.

Show me! Click for short video example...  See a short 1 minute video of this process - just click the Show me button!

Quick Search ebook and print book record

Note that ebooks will be indicated by the words Online access and Online resource in the record; print books will list a call number. Here above is an example of a book that the Library owns both as an ebook and as a traditional print book.

Finding eBook Collections

In the Library website, you'll find our major ebook packages under the Article Indexes and Databases link. Two of our major ebook packages that have growing collections of education-relevant ebooks are Ebrary Academic Complete and the eBook Collection from EBSCO. You can enter either one of these packages and search them directly. If you know a specific ebook title or author, you can also use Quick Search to find and access the ebook. 

Education titles in eBook Collection from EBSCO

When you find an ebook of interest in EBSCO's eBook Collection, you can read the book online by clicking the title, clicking the PDF Full Text link below the citation, or the EPUB Full Text link, which is basically a cloud-based ebook reader. However, to download portions or all of a book, you'll need to first create a free My EBSCOhost account. (That account is of course different from your ISU Library Account.)

Off-campus? You will be prompted to login with your ISU Library Borrower ID (the last 11 digits on your ISUCard) and your Library Password to be able to access licensed ebook content such as EBSCO's eBook Collection. Downloaded or saved PDF files from the EBSCO eBook Collection can be read by Nook or Kindle.

eBook Collection Ebsco citation

Downloading:  Be aware that not all ebooks can be downloaded in their entirety, primarily because of copyright and digital licensing issues. Be aware too that not every ebook in EBSCO's eBook Collection will have all the reading options (PDF, EPUB, Download, etc.) listed in the sample citation above. 

Copyright: You will find that ebooks in this collection may limit the number of pages you can save as PDF files. You will receive a "secured" PDF file that cannot be edited, just read. PDFs you save or email to yourself or others will also include an EBSCO watermark and copyright statement on every page.

Education ebooks in eBrary

In eBrary, you can read ebooks of interest online just by clicking the title link. You can scroll and page through content, or use table of contents and search features to navigate quickly through the various chapters. You can print and save pages with some restrictions. If you set up an optional free account with eBrary, you'll also be able to make your own annotations and notes, along with other reader support features.

Off-campus: Remember you will be prompted to login with your ISU Library Borrower ID (the last 11 digits on your ISUCard) and your Library Password in order to access and read online the full-text ebooks in eBrary.

eBrary ebook citation

Downloading: Be aware that not all ebooks in eBrary will be available for downloading. The eBrary ebook collection also requires that you set up a free account on their own system if you wish to download a book in its entirety. To read a downloaded book offline, you will also need to download and install on your computer the ebook reader called Adobe Digital Editions, which is different than Adobe Reader. If you want to read on your smart phone or iPad (iPhone, Android), you will need to install the Bluefire Reader. See eBrary's FAQ / Help files for more info.

Copyright:  Be aware that full downloads of eBrary books are temporary due to copyright and licensing issues. Throughout eBrary you'll find references to how many pages you can copy / print and how long downloaded files last. After the stated number of days, your downloaded file of the entire ebook will become unreadable! In eBrary, you are borrowing this copyrighted content.

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