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About Kirkwood’s eBooks

Kirkwood Library Services has a huge collection of eBooks, and all can be found through our main library search (WorldCat search). Kirkwood’s eBooks look and work quite differently from the eBooks or audio books you might check out from your local public library. In general, instead of loading them to a mobile device through a special app, our eBooks either appear immediately in your browser, or download in chapters as PDF files.

How to search for eBooks

There are a few different ways to search for eBooks:

  1. Use the library search from our homepage, also called WorldCat Discover. This is a “meta-search” that searches multiple eBook collections at once. For a demonstration of searching for eBooks, see this video on our Research Help guide. You can search by topic, title, or author.
  2. Search individual eBook collections to use special search features or filters of a certain collection. The following databases all contain eBooks:
    1. EBSCOhost eBooks contains our largest collection of eBooks at over 150,000 titles. Titles can be read immediately on a computer or tablet, and portions can be downloaded. Page limits for downloading vary from title to title. Many titles may be checked out and downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions. Directions for this can be found in the Library’s Research Help guide.
    2. Project MUSE is a scholarly collection of eBooks and journals from major university presses. Many titles are also open access, making them even easier to share with students and make print copies for yourself. Open access titles are marked with “OA” and have an open padlock icon.
    3. Gale eBooks, formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library, is a unique collection containing many encyclopedias as well as some scholarly titles. If you want to search for encylopedia articles, this is going to work much better as a direct search, instead of trying to get at those articles through the WorldCat search.
    4. Salem Press is another specialized collection containing encyclopedic type articles from books. Most titles are related to history topics, and include collections of primary historical documents.
    5. DSM Library contains an online edition of the DSM Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as a few other selected APA published titles.
    6. Opposing Viewpoints contains a collection of essays from the popular “debate book” collection that has long been a staple of both Kirkwood libraries. Essays are browsable and searchable by topic.

Note to faculty

All eBooks can be linked directly from Talon. Most databases will provide a link or “permalink” that will provide a consistent link to a specific title or chapter. If you’re unsure about how to link to these resources, please contact the library for help.

Just as faculty can request book purchases for the library, you can also request eBook purchases. Not all book titles are available as eBooks, but we are happy to investigate any book you want to provide access to for your students. Just email the library (library AT kirkwood.edu) or chat using the “Ask a Librarian” function on the library website to make a request.