ProQuest Ebook Central is where the vast majority of our ebooks come from, so if you click on a link to an ebook in our system, there's a very good chance that this is the interface you can expect to see! These ebooks are common across the Five Colleges, and are easy to jump in and start using. Here are some key features to be aware of:
You may be more familiar with JSTOR as a source for journal articles, but they also offer a sizeable collection of easy-to-use ebooks. JSTOR ebooks are generally especially notable for their generous download options, making them a good option if you're the type of person who likes to print things out so you can read a paper version. Here are some things that will help you get started using JSTOR ebooks:
Hampshire's ebooks from Oxford are a little different from most other ebooks we provide, in that there aren't a whole lot of them. That said, those titles we do have are excellent and useful, and you can access them by searching for them or by looking on the library's A-Z list of databases under O for Oxford. Subjects covered include various topics related to the arts and humanities, including the venerable Oxford English Dictionary. Here's a bit more information about using these resources:
We do have other types of ebooks that may show up among our resources from time to time - in particular, we have access to quite a few open access titles - but they're pretty uncommon. Getting to know the options that appear most frequently should do a good job preparing you for the variations you'll run into elsewhere, but just in case, if you ever feel you aren't sure how best to make use of an ebook (or any library resource!), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to help you figure it out.