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Oklahoma City Community College Keith Leftwich Memorial Library

English Composition I - ENGL 1113

Resources to assist students in English Composition I research and write their essays.

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.

Install the Libby app on your mobile device to start using Overdrive. Add the OCCC Library and using your Moodle/campus email credentials, you can begin checking out titles immediately. You can also browse and check out titles from a personal computer.

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

Screenshot of OverDrive

EBSCOHost eBooks

Step 1: Select "Academic eBooks" under 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.

EBSCO eBook search results

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. 

EBSCO eBook detailed record

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

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

EBSCO eBook preview

Step 6:  At the top, you have the option to "Cite" the book. Remember to double check the formatting.

EBSCO eBook cite button


*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. 

EBSCOhost eBooks Help

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