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Devices and ereaders

About this guide

This guide is designed to answer specific questions on our ebook databases and device operability. Such as, "How will my iPad function with Healey ebook collections?  Can I download an ebook or PDF chapters?"

Each tab will provide step-by-step instructions on viewing, downloading PDF or full-text, printing, annotations and software needed for specific devices.

Searching for ebooks

There are three places to search for ebooks at the Healey Library. 

1. The Healey Library Catalog is the best place to search for ebooks. The catalog contains accurate records of all the library's ebooks. You can search the catalog by title, author, subject or keyword.

ebook search in Healey Catalog

2. You can search the library ebook collections individually. The largest ebook collection is Ebook Central and it covers many subjects.

3. You can find ebooks through WorldCat but you must limit your search to UMass Boston

Search for your topic or book then select eBook under Books on the left side of the screen. 

NOTE: You cannot access or borrow ebooks from other libraries.

If you are off campus, when you click on the link to an ebook you will be prompted to enter your last name and barcode.

*The first two databases on the list below, Ebook Central and EBSCO eBook Collection carry the largest ebook collections.

E-book Databases Checklist

Databases PDF format  Download  Chapters Download  E-book Printing Loan period Option to return ebook early after downloading Access to ebook when in use by other users Retain Notes in  accounts
Ebook Central yes yes yes print range will vary according to individual ebook ebrary has two loan periods: 7 day or 14 day loan From Adobe Digital Editions, the option does exist to return the ebook early

Ebook Central, makes it possible for other users to read and make notes on the ebook that has downloaded.  Exceptions apply only to titles with limited availability (one user- one copy)

To add notes or highlight text from an ebook, open your account and make the annotations and highlights.  The notes are saved to your Bookshelf account.
EBSCO eBook Collection yes yes yes print range will vary according to individual ebook EBSCO loan periods vary according to individual ebook titles From Adobe Digital Editions you can return a title early. Be sure to be in the Library view, right click on the title to return the book. EBSCO, makes it possible for other users to read and make notes on the ebook that has downloaded.  Exceptions apply only to titles with limited availability (one user- one copy) In your EBSCO account you can add notes to the ebook.  The notes are then accessible from the Folder tab.

American Psychiatric Association DSM Premium

no no no no N/A N/A N/A N/A
APA E-book Collection yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Books 24x7 no no no no N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cambridge Collections Online yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Credo Reference yes individual entries no individual entries N/A N/A N/A N/A
Early English Books Online (EEBO) yes download current page only as PDF or TIFF file no current page N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eighteenth Century Collections Online yes single page, multiple pages or entire books (limit 250 pages) yes when available (limit 250 pages) yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
IMF eLibrary yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
JSTOR yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Knowledge Unlatched yes no yes yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Loeb Classical Library no no no yes, selections N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sage Knowledge yes yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sage Research Methods no yes no yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Springer Ebook Collection yes yes yes yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
World Bank eLibrary yes yes yes yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
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