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Computer Science Help Guide: eBooks

EBSCOhost eBooks Help

Need help with EBSCOhost eBooks? Contact the OCCC Library or use one of these two resources:

Library eBooks - Brief Overview

The Library has an academic eBook platform that is available for you to use - EBSCOhost eBooks.

  • You can search for eBooks in the OCCC Library Catalog or the Academic eBooks link. 
  • You will not be able to find the eBook database from the EBSCOhost database link under "Articles".
  • The EBSCO eBook Collection search, results, and options screens function very similar to the EBSCOhost article database search. 

NOTE: Many people believe that using eBooks, everyone can read it at once. This is not true. If you are reading the book in your browser or you download the title, no one else can read the book. You can read the book in the browser, or read it on a device using the Bluefire app. 

OverDrive: The Basics

The Library has bestseller and hot fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudioBooks from OverDrive.

You will need to provide your Moodle/OCCC email username and password when you are ready to check out and download titles. You can browse and checkout titles from a personal computer, or download the OverDrive Media Console App to use OverDrive on a mobile device or tablet.

Contact the Library at any time for assistance with checking out and downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

Screenshot of OverDrive

EBSCOHost eBooks

Step 1: Select "EBSCO eBooks" under Find, then Books on the OCCC Library website.

Step 2: Type in your keyword(s) in the search bar. Once your results come back, you may need to use the "Limiters" on the side to change the publication date. You can also narrow your results by adding additional additional keyword(s). Be sure to put the keywords on separate lines.

eBook Search

Step 3: Once you find a book of interest, click on the title (or blue link). You will be taken to the detailed record of the page. You can review the categories to see the different subjects found in the book. You can also see relevant pages and a table of contents at the bottom.

eBook Detailed Record

Step 4: To read the book, you can select "Full Text" to read in your browser.*

Step 5: In the full text, you can jump to a section in the table of contents, or select "search within" on the top left. You can also move between the pages at the bottom, jump to a specific page number, or zoom in/out.

eBook Table of Contents

Step 6: You can also get the books citation by clicking on "Cite" at the top of the page. Remember to double check the formatting.

eBook Cite Feature

*Note: If you chose "Download This eBook" you will have to login to EBSCOhost. If you do not have a username and password for EBSCOhost, you will have to create one. By doing this, you are checking the book out for 14 days.