E-books: where to find them and how to use them

According to our e-books survey we conducted a while back, most of you have not taken advantage of the library's growing e-book collection. E-books are becoming increasingly prevalent in the library as shelf space is being reconfigured to create more study areas (just take a look at our recent slide show to see how the reference area has changed).

While the use of e-books in academia presents some challenges (as discussed in this previous post), there is no denying that e-books are here to stay. To make it easier for you to find and use the library's e-book collection we've created a new E-books Guide. The guide covers everything from searching,downloading, printing, and citing e-books using Dibner Library databases, as well as Bobst Library and free websites. In addition, you will find information on the different types of e-readers available, along with apps and software that make it easier to read and manage e-books on your computer, smart phone, tablet or e-reader device. 

An excerpt from the new E-books Guide:


musty book smell

Even if you're one of those people who loves the feel and smell of a "real" book, take the time to review the E-books Guide. When it comes time for you to find that book you need for your research you won't be left in the dark when you find out it is only available electronically. Besides, you can always give your Kindle or laptop a quick spritz of "Smell of Books" (an aerosol e-book enhancer). You'll be enjoying the classic musty smell of an old library book in no time!