Find and use ebooks

Most ebooks are available through search the library. Type in keywords and refine your results to books. Click available 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 publisher to track how many pages 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

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

Ebook Central (ProQuest) includes ebooks on most subjects, including science, education, health, business and management, politics, psychology, history, computing and engineering.

View and read

Read Ebook Central ebooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password and click read online

Number of users

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

Print and copy

To print or copy from an Ebook Central book, select the copy or print icon, and select the Check out Ebook tab. Ebook Central loans do not appear on your loans record or in My Account.

Your print allowance will appear after selecting the print icon. To view remaining copy/print allowances, return to the Detail page.

To print or copy you need to:

Chapter download

Download a chapter, page range, or single page as a PDF. PDFs are searchable and selectable, include a citation and do not expire. From the Detail page, select the Chapter Download tab and select the Check out Ebook tab.

Note: printing a chapter or range of pages is included in your print allowance.

Full download

Some Ebook Central titles are available for download. See: ProQuest Ebook Central, full download.

Note: Only titles with the Download tab activated in dark purple are available for full download.

Ebook Central ebooks and mobile devices

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

EBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost) 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 concurrent 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 Print pages icon
  • the Print pages to PDF menu will display a range of printing options.

Download

Some EBSCOhost ebooks are available for download offline. To do this, create an account with EBSCOhost and follow the vendor’s instructions.

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.

Number of users

Springer ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click PDF to download, save or print a chapter.

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.

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 six 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 print or download icons on the top navigation bar.

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.

 

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary includes ebooks and statistical data published by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD).

View and read

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

Number of users

OECD iLibrary ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

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

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.

CCHIntelliConnect

CCHIntelliConnect 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.

Kluwer IP Law

Kluwer IP Law includes ebooks on aspects of intellectual property (IP) law across a range of jurisdictions. Note: Swinburne users have access to ebook content only, not smart charts.

View and read

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

Number of users

Kluwer IP Law ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save or email

Download, print or email pages using the icons at the top of each chapter.

EPlatform by Wheelers Books

EPlatform by Wheelers Books includes ebooks on law topics published by Wolters Kluwer CCH and LexisNexis.

View and read

Read Wheelers Books online in your web browser: at the homepage, click Sign In and login with your SIMS user name and password. 

Find the title you want and click Borrow. Next, click Read. Select the menu icon from the top navigation bar to load the table of contents. Click on a chapter heading to view it. To navigate through a chapter, swipe pages from the right. To return to the table of contents, select the menu icon again.

Number of users

Wheelers ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print

To print pages, use the print option in your browser.

Emerald Insight

Emerald Insight 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.

Other ebook collections - science and engineering

Taylor & Francis eBooks

Taylor & Francis includes ebooks on engineering and technology, mathematics and statistics, chemistry, food science, computer science and information technology, physical, life, earth, environmental and health sciences, nursing and behavioural sciences.

View and read

Read Taylor & Francis eBooks online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the table of contents.

Number of users

Taylor & Francis 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.

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 PDF under a chapter heading to download, print or save.

Greenleaf Online Library

Greenleaf Online library includes ebooks on environmental topics including sustainability, governance, environmental management and corporate social responsibility.

View and read

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

Number of users

Greenlead Online Library ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Click Download PDF above a chapter abstract 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.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks

Britannica academic

Britannica academic is a multidisciplinary encyclopaedia. It includes articles, images and video.

View and read

Read Britannica academic online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password to view the contents. 

Number of users

Britannica Academic allows an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print and email

Print or email sections using the icons at the top of a page.

Credo reference

Credo reference includes over 500 dictionaries, encyclopaedias and biographical dictionaries.

View and read

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

Number of users

Credo reference ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Download, print, save or email sections using the icons at the top of a page.

Gale virtual reference library

Gale virtual reference library includes encyclopaedias and handbooks on most subject areas.

View and read

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

Number of users

Gale ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Download, print and save

Download, print, save or email sections using the icons on the right.

The Oxford English dictionary online

The Oxford English dictionary online (OED) is the complete 20-volume second edition of the dictionary.

View and read

Read the OED online in your web browser: login with your SIMS user name and password.

Number of users

The OED allows an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print, email or save

Print or email entries using the links at the top of a page. To save content, you must register with the OED.

Oxford reference

Oxford reference includes dictionaries, encyclopaedias and companions published by Oxford University Press in most subject areas, plus English language dictionaries and usage guides.

View and read

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

Number of users

Oxford reference ebooks allow an unlimited number of concurrent users.

Print, email or save

Print or email sections using the icons at the top of a page. To save content, you must register with Oxford reference.

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