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E-Books at Iowa State University

This guide provides an overview of the library's e-book providers.

Using Quick Search to Find E-books

Click on the PDF link for instructions on how to find e-books using Quick Search.

General Information about Electronic Books

Finding E-books

  • Use Quick Search. When using Quick Search, the results will contain records for print and electronic books. Click on the PDF on left-hand side bar for a short explanation of how to use Quick Search to find electronic books.
  • Search the e-book package. E-books are available from a variety of publishers (e.g. Springer, Oxford, Elsevier, Wiley). E-books are also available in aggregate packages. These packages may contain books from a variety of publishers. The packages may be multi-disciplinary (e.g. Ebrary Academic Complete) or discipline specific (e.g. ENGnetBASE (engineering), FOODnetBASE (food science/nutrition)). For a listing of e-book publishers and packages specific to your discipline, click on the tabs on this guide. In addition to using Quick Search to identify e-books, it is recommended that you search/browse the e-book packages directly as you can search all of the e-book content. This allows you to quickly identify information about a topic from many different books.


Not all electronic books are created equally. Depending on the publisher/package, there may be restrictions related to:

  • Number of simultaneous users. For example, many e-books in Ebrary Academic Complete only allow a single user. There are no limits to the number of simultaneous users for e-books in Science Direct and SpringerLink.
  • Saving and/or printing. There may be limits on the number of pages/chapters that can be saved or printed (e.g. Oxford Scholarship Online).


Some books in the Ebrary Academic Complete and EbscoHOST packages are available for downloading in their entirety and are available for varying checkout times in the Adobe Digital Editions format. For electronic books that are found in SpringerLink, Science Direct, and the Wiley Online Library, the book chapters are formatted as a PDF, and these can be saved/printed. Click on the "Downloading & Mobile Devices" tab for more information.

Your Librarian

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Kris Stacy-Bates
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Iowa State University

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