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Electronic Resources (articles, databases, ebooks, ejournals, streaming videos) Guide

Provides guidelines on how to access articles, databases, e-journals, e-books, and streaming videos.

What are e-books?

                            E-books are digital editions of print titles. You can download e-books and read them immediately, no matter where you are! E-books also offer the convenience of size and portability. You can store your own personal library of e-books on your PC, Laptop, or handheld device.

Searching for E-Books in OneSearch

OneSearch is the QC Libraries' Catalogue. You may search for streaming videos, e-books, print books, e-journals, databases, articles, etc in OneSearch. You may search by title. For example: 1984 by George Orwell

  • If you were to search for 1984, from there on the left-hand "Filter my results" section select the following:
    • Limit to Full-Text Online
    • Resource Type - Books

This will retrieve all e-books with 1984 in the title

The below screenshot is what you will see after you conduct a search:

However, if you are looking for 1984 by George Orwell, the title is not showing up. This may be because it is a popular title and there are many associated titles. For such cases, we recommend narrowing your search by using the ADVANCED SEARCH feature. If you select ADVANCED SEARCH on the top right and select Author/Creator, and select SEARCH, this will narrow your results.

We recommend, enabling the "Filter my results" section with the following once again:

  • Limit to Full-Text Online
  • Resource Type - Books
  • Your new search results would now look something like the below screenshot:

If you were to choose the first item on the list and then select the "Available Online" link which will take you to the Full record as seen below:

Then under View Online - Try a Link Below! - Select from one of the options. This will take you to our Proxy page where you will need to sign in with your

Once you sign in, you will be taken to the platform and be able to access the e-book.

Using Advanced Search - OneSearch to find E-Books

  • You may also use the Advanced Search Option is OneSearch to retrieve e-books
  • You may limit your search to Title, Author, Material Type and Publication Date if known as shown below for the example Emma, Jane Austen, Books:

  • Once you do so, select SEARCH
  • The titles retrieve can then be further filtered by using the Filter My Results feature on the right-hand pane and selecting Full-Text Online
    • This will only retrieve e-books

Searching for E-Book Collections via the A-Z Database List

  • The QC Libraries A-Z Database List provides a comprehensive list of all of our major e-book collections.

  • Once on the A-Z Database List, toggle to Database Types - E-Books
  • From there all of the libraries' major e-book collections will be retrieved
  • You may select the e-book collection of your choice
  • You will be required to provide your CUNY Credentials - in order to access

Google Books

Google Book Search

Searching with GoogleBooks

  • Go to Google Books.
  • Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  • To search with filters, use an Advanced Search
  • Click a title to read or download