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Click Above to Search 25,000+ eBooks, your instant access portal to the electronic world of books.  Enter your ship username & ID when prompted.

The EBL Ebook Library collection is provided by funding from Shippensburg University student technology fees.


eBook Basics

Welcome to About eBooks - the library's guide to electronic books.

Some eBooks look like the original print book, but other eBooks more closely resemble databases. This is often true of encyclopedias and dictionaries where you look up a topic and only see the relevant results - never the entire book.

  • Some eBooks look exactly like the original - some don't.
  • Some eBooks can be read "cover to cover" - some can't.
  • Some eBooks can be downloaded - some can't.
  • Some eBooks can be found using the Library Catalog -  most can't.
  • Most eBooks can be searched word by word - but not all.
  • Many eBooks come with bells and whistles that let you take notes, bookmark passages, generate citations, etc. - but not all.

Confused? Well, that's why we have created this LibGuide. Most of your answers can be found here!


Two Kinds of eBooks

eBooks tend to fall into two categories - those you read cover to cover and those you access to find an answer. You get in, you find your answer, you get out. The second category often includes reference books - dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbook, guides, etc. In this case, you may never see the entire book. Instead, the eBook's search engine will only retrieve the relevant articles or passages identified in your search. This kind of eBook acts more like a database than a book.

Compare the different reading / searching experience of these two eBooks.

An eBook to Read - Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Becher Stowe.

An eBook to Access - Oxford Companion to World Exploration.

eBook Providers

  •  eBooks by Title or Category  Icon
    Search or browse across most of our eBook collections by title or category.
  • eBook Library (EBL)  
    A large book collection which is available to Shippensburg University students, faculty, & staff. You will need to log in with your S.U. username and password to access EBL.
  • eBooks (eBrary Perpetual Access)  
    A collection of eBooks, currently focussed on education, teaching, business, and management. Purchased by Shippensburg University Library and/or all PASSHE libraries.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost  
    Covers a wide spectrum of of subject areas. Contains full text of >15,000 eBooks.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    Search across 140+ Gale reference books and encyclopedias by keyword or subject.
  • Oxford English Dictionary  
    The definitive record of the English language. Search for the meanings and etymology of the words you use today.
  • Oxford Music Online  
    This database includes several music encyclopedias, including the monumental Grove Dictionary of Music. Articles from Grove cover all types of music worldwide, from ancient times to the present, and typically include extensive bibliographies. It is the best starting point for most music-related research.
  • Oxford Reference Online: Premium  
    Search across an extensive collection of authoritative Oxford reference books and encyclopedias by keyword or subject.
  • Project MUSE  
    Covers literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, etc. Contains current full text scholarly journals which cover these fields and a significant collection of recent scholarly books.
  • Safari Books Online  
    Covers computer science and information technology.
    Contains eBooks from major IT publishers such as O'Reilly, Microsoft, and Peachpit.

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