eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

EBSCO's eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary) consists of thousands of scholarly, reference, and professional full-text books in electronic format from the world's leading university presses and commercial publishers. Users can search for individual titles, or perform full-text searches across multiple titles. Currently more than 30,000 titles in all subject areas are available to Centre College faculty, students, and staff.

Unlike many other ebooks sites, EBSCOhost only allows one user to access an ebook at any given time. While an ebook is being viewed by a user, no other person can use that ebook. (You can place a hold on these in-use ebooks and be notified when they are available for your use.

EBSCOhost ebook user guide (DOC | 1.3MB)

EBSCOhost ebook searching guide (DOC | 454KB)

Getting started

You can search the eBook Collection in two ways, through the library's online catalog or by going to EBSCOhost directly. All of the available titles are listed in the Library's online catalog, and are searchable along with the regular collection by keyword, author, title, or subject. Use the "Limit Search" feature to limit the search to only ebooks. Going directly to EBSCOhost, allows you to also search by author, title, subject, keyword, etc. The main difference is you can search every word in every book by selecting the "Also search within the full text of teh articles" option.

My EBSCOhost

You can create a free My EBSCOhost account, which will allow you to designate a list of favorites, make notes in individual ebooks, place holds on in-use ebooks, and customize your account preferences. You do not need to create an account to view ebooks online.

To create a My EBSCOhost account:

  1. Click the Sign In link in the top toolbar of EBSCOhost.
  2. From the Sign In to My EBSCOhost Screen, click the Create a new account link.
  3. The Create a New Account Screen displays with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field.
  4. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Continue.
  5. If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session.

Last updated September 26, 2008