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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.
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.
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 Ebook Central. This interface now also contains ebooks formerly accessible through the ebrary interface.
Available on campus or off-campus with your Ship ID
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.
Access from on-campus or off-campus with your ShipID.
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.
EBooks are selected for this collection to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs, and to help students understand general business concepts. The eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of business topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship, with additional focus on career growth, personal development, communication and networking.
This database provides access to the full text of all volumes in the authoritative Cambridge Histories series. Volumes are grouped into topics, making it easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas. The extensive bibiographies and footnotes throughout enhance the value of this source.