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Finding and Using Ebooks (Library 101)

RRC Libraries has an extensive collection of ebooks allowing students from all campuses (including regional ones) to access them via the internet. This guide will give you an introduction to everything you need to know.

Find eBooks in Ebook Central


1. Select Ebook Central from the A to Z database list or using the above link.



2. You can do a basic or advanced search for your ebook. We recommend advanced unless you know the exact title of what you are looking for.

3. Use common searching techniques (keywords, boolean, etc.) and the filters on the right-side to refine your search criteria. Click Search.


4. Refine your results further using the filters on the left. 


Using eBooks in Ebook Central

5. Click on the item title to see more information (If you found your book in OneSearch - you are starting here... )


From the details page you can do a lot of different actions, including;

  • select to read online, 
  • download chapters or the whole book for a limited period
  • cite, share a permalink

6. Click on Read Online button on the left side to enter the ebook.

Ebook Navigation

across the top:

  • download, save as PDF, copy and print pages,
  • copy citation for referencing
  • copy permalink URL
  • highlight, comment and bookmark pages
  •  < > buttons to "turn pages",
  • zoom
  • increase the page size. 

left side (expand):

  • information about the item including licensing rules regarding how many pages can be copied or printed;
  • clickable table of contents,
  • download chapters

Make a recommendation

Do you have a title to recommend for our collection? Use the Suggest a Purchase form to suggest a book, video or journal.

Do you have suggestions or feedback that can help improve this guide? Please contact this guide's author on the "Getting Started" page.