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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.