In an ongoing effort to provide access to books in a variety of formats, the MSU Libraries recently purchased an arts and humanities-based eBook collection from EBSCO, one of the leading database and eBook providers in the industry. The collection consists of over 200 titles in the subject areas of history, anthropology, ethics, humanities, literary criticism, media & communication, and classic fiction. (Complete list of titles purchased)
The eBooks are available through the libraries' online catalog, Discovery Service and via the eBooks from EBSCO landing page. Having the eBooks in the online catalog and EBSCO Discovery Service puts them alongside other content that may be of interest. By using the online catalog or EBSCO Discovery, patrons can be assured that they will find both eBook content as well as content available in other formats. The other option for searching for eBooks is through the EBSCO eBook landing page referred to as eBooks from EBSCO. This interface which can be found by using the library database search tool (search for eBooks from EBSCO) provides basic and advanced search tools that include a variety of search limiters. It searches only those titles purchased through this eBook project and two other previously purchased collections. The eBooks from EBSCO landing page does not include eBooks found in other databases such as Business Source Complete or Academic Search Premier which also have eBook content.
After finding a title, patrons will be able to browse the table of contents, preview the content and either read the eBooks online or download the eBooks to portable devices. eBooks can be downloaded to devices that support Adobe Digital Editions. Supported devices include Nook, iPad (using Bluefire), Sony Reader Daily Edition, Sony Digital Readers and many more (complete list of readers).