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Ebooks at Pfau Library: Intro

How ebooks from Pfau Library work, including download options.

Ebook Database Quick List

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Ebooks FAQ

Does Pfau Library have ebooks?

Yes, more than 200,000.

How do I find them?

All of our ebooks are included in OneSearch; make sure you search in "Books & Media (CSUSB)."

What kinds of books are they?

Books for research and study in a wide variety of subjects taught at the university. Sorry, no bestsellers or popular fiction!

Do I need a special device to read them?

No. They are designed to be easily readable in any Web browser.

Can I download the whole book to my ebook reader?

In a few cases, but we don't recommend it, because it doesn't work like Kindle or other retail ebooks. It depends on (1) whether the provider of the ebook allows downloads, and (2) your technology comfort level. Generally, the downloadable books are in EPUB format and must first go to a computer with Adobe Digital Editions software installed and authorized, then be transferred from your computer to your ebook device.

Can I save part of the book as a PDF?

Most of our ebooks let you download a limited portion of the book as a PDF file to keep. It's easy to download a chapter at a time, but you probably won't be able to do the entire book this way--there's usually a page limit to how much you can download.

Are there limits on how many people can use an ebook?

Depends on the book! Most of our books allow for unlimited use. However, some ebook licenses allow only a limited number of people to use the book at the same time; usually 1 or 3. Sorry, but user limits are most common on textbooks!  If there's a limit, you'll see it noted in the OneSearch record for the book. 

Using OneSearch

The quickest way to find ebooks is to use OneSearch, which is the biggest, broadest search Pfau Library offers. 

Make sure you choose the scope "Books & Media (CSUSB)."

OneSearch text box with search options expanded

Once you have some results on your screen, look under "Refine my results." 

Choose the options "Full-text online" and "Books."

Refine my results options Full-text online and Books highlighted.

Apply the filters, and all of your results will be ebooks.

Quick Video Tutorials

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