How to access and use ebooks

Most are available through search the library. Type in keywords and limit your results to books and ebooks. Click view online to read them. You can also search or browse an ebook collection or a journal database that includes ebooks.

Ebooks - what you need to know

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Digital rights management (DRM) is a system that controls the use of digital content and determines access restrictions and availability. Some ebooks are protected by DRM and some are not. Ebooks without DRM have fewer access restrictions.

Number of users

Some ebook providers place no restrictions on the number of concurrent users who can read an ebook at one time; others restrict the number of concurrent users from one to up to ten users.

PDF format

Many ebook chapters are in PDF format. To read these you need to:

Print and copy

You can print and copy from many ebooks. Usually the ebook provider sets a limit on the number of pages you can print or the percentage you can copy. Some ebook providers ask you to create a loan before you can print or copy. An ebook loan does not appear on your loans record or in My Account. It enables the provider to track how much content you print and copy.

Download

You can’t download most ebooks to a computer on campus, but you can still read them online. Some ebook providers recommend apps that allow you to read ebooks on a mobile device. One popular app is the bluefire reader.

Major ebook collections at Swinburne Library

EBL Ebook Library

EBL Ebook Library includes ebooks on most subjects, including science, education, health, business and management, politics, psychology, history, computing and engineering.

View and read

Read EBL ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password and click read online. It’s free to create a loan for 24 hour access. To continue reading once the loan has expired, create another loan. EBL loans do not appear on your loans record or in My Account.

Number of users

Most EBL ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users. Some EBL ebooks are restricted to three concurrent users.

Print and copy

To print or copy from an EBL book, you need to create a loan. Print up to 20 per cent and copy and paste up to five per cent. Your page allowance will appear after selecting print. To view remaining copy/print allowances, click the Details tab.

To print or copy you need to:

Download

Some EBL titles are available for download. See: EBL – Ebook Library: Download & Mobile.
Note: Only titles with the Download tab activated in blue are available for download.

EBL ebooks and mobile devices

You can access EBL books and read online on any mobile device with a web browser. To transfer downloaded EBL books to your device, use the free bluefire reader app.

Ebscohost ebook collection

EBSCOhost ebook collection includes ebooks on most subjects, including science and social science, design, psychology, education, health, engineering and computer science

View and read

Read EBSCOhost ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password. Browse the table of contents or click PDF full text.

Number of users

The information panel above the table of contents displays the number of concurrent users under the heading current user level. Many EBSCOhost ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users; some are restricted to one or three concurrent users.

Print and save

Print or save one page at a time up to a maximum of 60 pages. To print, you need to:

  • install Adobe Reader
  • set your preferences to display PDF in browser
  • open the PDF full text
  • go to the first page of the section you want to print and click the Save pages icon in the right column
  • the save pages to PDF menu will display a range of printing options.

Download

EBSCOhost ebooks are not available for download.

EBSCOhost ebooks and mobile devices

EBSCOhost ebooks work on most devices. For details, see: which portable devices are compatible with EBSCO ebooks?

 

Sage Knowledge

Sage Knowledge includes ebooks on all subjects published by Sage.

View and read

Read Sage Knowledge ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password. Click an ebook title to display the table of contents and select the chapter you want to read.

Number of users

All Sage ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Copy/paste text from the HTML display or PDF. Click Download on the top right navigation panel of an open chapter to download, save or print.

Sage Knowledge ebooks and mobile devices

Read Sage ebooks online on any mobile device with a web browser. You can transfer downloaded chapters to any ebook reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). See the ADE website for a list of compatible devices.

SpringerLink

SpringerLink includes scholarly ebooks on biomedical, life and environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and chemistry, materials science and engineering, computing, business and economics, humanities, social and behavioural science and law.

View and read

Read Springer ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents. Click View Chapter to view a chapter in numbered sections.

Number of users

All Springer ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click Download PDF under a chapter heading to download and save or print.

Download the book

Some Springer ebooks are available for download in PDF format. To download, you need to:

Springer ebooks and mobile devices

You can transfer Springer ebook chapters to any ebook reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). See the ADE website for a list of compatible devices.

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library includes scholarly ebooks on clinical medicine and physical sciences, business, economics and finance, engineering and computer science, psychology, sociology, media and communications and cultural studies.

View and read

Read Wiley ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents. Select the chapter you want to read.

Number of users

All Wiley ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF under a chapter heading to download and save or print.

Wiley Online books and mobile devices

Wiley ebook chapters are available for download to your device. See: Opening your e-book on your reading device.

Elsevier ScienceDirect

Elsevier ScienceDirect includes scholarly ebooks on clinical medicine, biological and food sciences, agriculture, engineering, computer science, astronomy, earth and planetary sciences, environmental science, chemistry, materials science, psychology and health.

View and read

Read Elsevier ScienceDirect ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

Elsevier ScienceDirect ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF under a chapter heading to download and save or print.

Elsevier ScienceDirect ebooks and mobile devices

Elsevier ebook chapters are available for download onto your device. See the Elsevier ScienceDirect instructions.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online includes ebooks on philosophy, political science, economics, finance and law.

View and read

Read Oxford Scholarship ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents. Select the chapter you want to read.

Number of users

Oxford Scholarship ebooks have a limit of five concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Use the print icon on the top right navigation panel to print pages or sections. Or click view PDF to download a section to save or print.

Oxford Scholarship and mobile devices

Access Oxford Scholarship ebooks and read online on any mobile device with a web browser.

Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online is collection of ebooks on computer science and digital media from leading publishers including O’Reilly, Microsoft, Sams, Cisco and Peachpit, IBM Press and Adobe.

View and read

Read Safari ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password and click start reading

Number of users

Safari ebooks have a limit of ten concurrent users.

Print

Print individual pages or sections using the print icon in the top left corner of the ebook viewer window.

Download

Safari ebooks are not available for download.

Safari books and mobile devices

You can access Safari ebooks and read online on any mobile device with a web browser. See Using the mobile version of Safari Books Online.

Knovel

Knovel includes ebooks on physical sciences, technology and engineering.

View and read

Read Knovel ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents. Select the chapter or section you want to read.

Number of users

Knovel ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print and download

Print individual pages or sections using the options for this book icon on the left navigation bar of the viewer window. Download sections using the options for this book icon on the left navigation bar of the viewer window.

Knovel and mobile devices

You can access Knovel ebooks and read online on any mobile device with a web browser. See How do I use Knovel on my mobile device?

Books 24x7

Books 24x7 includes the ebook collections: FinancePro, EngineeringPro, ITPro and BusinessPro.

View and read

Read Books 24x7 ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents. Select the chapter or section you want to read.

Number of users

Each 24x7 ebook collection has a limit of five concurrent users.

Print

Print one section at a time using the print option in your browser.

Download

24x7 ebooks are not available for download.

Books 24x7 and mobile devices

You can access Books 24x7 ebooks and read online on any mobile device with a web browser. See Books 24x7 Mobile.

 

Other ebook collections - law and business

Elgaronline

Elgaronline includes ebooks on internet and technology law, information, media and telecommunications law, cultural heritage and arts law, biotechnology, pharmacology and intellectual property.

View and read

Read Elgaronline ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

Elgaronline ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print and download

Click Download PDF next to chapter headings to download and print.

CCH Academic Online

CCH Academic Online includes ebooks from legal publisher CCH. Swinburne subscribes to the Australia, New Zealand and Asia collections.

View and read

Read CCH ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Download, print and save

You can download, save and print a single copy of an article/chapter.

CCH ebooks and mobile devices

See CCH ebooks.

Emerald

Emerald includes ebooks on business, management and social sciences.

View and read

Read Emerald ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

Emerald ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF under a chapter heading to download and print or save.

Emerald ebooks and mobile devices

See mobile FAQs.

Other ebook collections - science and engineering

CRCnetBASE

CRCnetBASE includes ebooks on science, engineering and technology. Swinburne Library subscribes to SCI-TECHnetBASE and CHEMnetBASE.

View and read

Read CRC ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

CRCnetBASE ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click Hi-Res PDF or PDF w/links under a chapter heading to download and save or print.

CRCnetBASE and mobile devices

CRC Press has a mobile app.

MIT CogNet

MIT CogNet includes ebooks on cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology.

View and read

Read MIT CogNet ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

MIT CogNet ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF under a chapter heading to download and print or save.

SPIE Digital Library

SPIE Digital Library includes ebooks on optics and photonics.

View and read

Read SPIE Digital Library ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

SPIE Digital Library ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF next to each chapter heading to download, print or save.

ICE Virtual Library

ICE Virtual Library includes ebooks published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

View and read

Read ICE ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

ICE ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click on a chapter heading to view the PDF to download, print or save.

IEEEXplore

IEEEXplore includes ebooks on computer science, electrical and electronics engineering.

View and read

Read IEEEXplore ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

IEEEXplore ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click Full Text PDF below each chapter heading to download, print or save.

IOP Science

IOP Science includes ebooks published by the Institute of Physics.

View and read

Read IOP ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

IOP ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF below a chapter heading to download, print or save.

IOP ebooks on mobile devices

IOP offers the ePub3 format, which optimises a book for reading on a device. To use it, download the file and open with an e-reader. E-readers are available from Apple or Google Play.

ASME Digital Collection

ASME Digital Collection includes ebooks published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

View and read

Read ASME ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

ASME ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click on the PDF near chapter headings to download and print or save.

ASCE Library

ASCE Library includes ebooks published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

View and read

Read ASCE ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

ASCE ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click on the PDF near chapter headings to download, print or save.

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