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Accessing E-Books

The Library provides access to E-Books via EBSCO and Ovid platforms. If you are used to accessing ebooks from your local public library, this process is a bit different. Rather than using an app to borrow ebooks, our ebooks are viewable from within your browser window.

EBSCO E-BOOKS: Most of our ebooks use the EBSCO Ebook Platform, and are viewable within your browser (no downloads necessary). Most of our ebooks allow you to download pages to PDF, though there are generally limitations on how many pages you can download in a single session — most often, this is limited to 100 pages. If you’d like to checkout and download an ebook, you’ll need to create an account with EBSCO and download Adobe Digital Editions; the checkout period is for five days.

OVID EBOOKS: We have a very small collection of “Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine” books from the People’s Medical Publishing House (PMPH). These books are on specific topics, such as diabetes, infertility, lupus, and psoriasis. These books are all DRM-free, and allow you to save individual chapters to PDF with no limits.

GOOGLE BOOKS: If you are getting started with your research, the library staff recommends using Google Books to preview ebooks. Many of the books indexed in Google Books have a preview which allows you to read and search within the full-text. If you find a book and the preview is missing important pages, you can either, (1) request a scanned chapter via Interlibrary Loan, or (2) request that the library purchase the entire ebook.

More in-depth instructions on how to access ebooks from the OCOM Library can be viewed at our Accessing E-Books Help Guide.