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Using Databases and E-Journals: Electronic Books

Helpful instructions and tips for accessing and utilizing the library's electronic resources.

Off Campus Access

To access e-books off campus or over the wireless network:

1) Go to the Classic Catalog and click on Off Campus Access in the top right corner

2) Choose your campus affiliation

3) Enter the required information

*It is a good rule of thumb to always login to the catalog before searching from off campus or over the wireless network

Finding E-Books

While searching the library catalog, you may come across an electronic book.  Keep in mind however, that if you have not limited your catalog search to Columbia Campus libraries, then it is possible that you will retrieve e-Books that are owned by satelite campus libraries, such as USC Aiken.  Only students and faculty of the holding campus can view the e-Book, so only Columbia students can view "Columbia Internet" e-books, etc.  


To search specifically for e-books, you must use the Advanced Search option in the Class Catalog and select EBOOKS under material type.  

Downloading E-Books

Many of the E-Book platforms will allow you to download the book, or portions of the book in PDF format.  Once a PDF has been made, you can then email said file to yourself, which is a simple method for allowing yourself to then open the file on most e-readers.  Keep in mind that many of the platforms such as EBSCOHost will only allow you to download 60 pages at a time, but all of the contents of each title can be viewed in the platform. 


The Ebrary platform is a bit different as it requires you to login to their platform before you can download any content of a title.  You can of course view the content without logging in but in order to download a PDF, you will need to create a login, which is free and easy to do.  When you see an electronic book in the catalog that is listed as using the Ebrary platform, click the link in the catalog that says, “Columbia Campus from Ebrary” under the Connect to heading.  This will take you to the book’s content via the Ebrary platform.  If you would like to download material from the title, click the Sign In link in the right hand corner at the top of the page.  From here you will see an option to Create an account within the text underneath the sign in boxes.  Once you have created your account, you will then be able to go back to the title’s page and click the Download button.  You will then be asked to login using the username and password that you created.  Once you do that you will be presented with your download options. 

As each e-book platform is different, you may run into some problems or irregularities.  If this happens, please do not hesitate to contact a Reference librarian