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Ebooks @ WOU: EBSCO eBooks

Using the ebook collections at WOU.


Thank you to Duke University for graciously allowing re-use of some of the content from their guide.


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For the most comprehensive information about EBSCO eBooks, please use the EBSCO eBooks user's guide.

Notable features of EBSCO eBooks include:

  • Create a free, personal My EBSCOhost account to manage downloads
  • Annotation and notetaking within the eBook.
  • Permalink to specific pages.
  • Download and check out with one button.
  • Single search interface to search across the EBSCO eBook collection.
  • Set up search alerts and RSS feeds across EBSCO databases using the My EBSCOhost feature,


If you use Firefox, you may need to change a setting in order for EBSCO ebooks to work correctly.

In Firefox, under Tools-> Options [Windows] or Preferences [Mac]

  • Choose Applications.
  • Find "Adobe Acrobat Document"
  • Change the action to "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)"

Printing and Downloading

Printing portions of an EBSCO eBook:

WOU users with an EBSCO account may print approximately 60 pages of a checked out book. EBSCO prints to PDF, so your print job will be a PDF document.  Your print limits and options will be displayed in the EBSCO eBook that has been checked out. EBSCO offers a 15 minute browse option without check out, and during this time, the book is unavailable to other users. Browsing occurs in the eBook Viewer, built into the EBSCO eBook interface, so there is no need to download a plug-in to browse or read in full-text online.

EBSCO recommends* that Mac computer users will have to download the Schubert It PDF Browser plug-in for Firefox and Safari to take advantage of the browse online feature in EBSCO eBooks.

Downloading EBSCO eBooks:

WOU patrons who have created a My EBSCOhost account and have downloaded Adobe Digital Editions can manage their downloads and checkouts using Adobe Digital Editions. You may read the eBook on your computer after download. Automatic expiration of eBooks at the end of the loan period, which is up to two weeks. eBooks may be returned early.  Using Adobe Digital Editions also allows users to transfer an EBSCO eBook to a portable device. (The list of compatible devices can be found here.)

Readers may also transfer EBSCO eBooks to an iPod, iPad or Android device using an intervening app. For instance, the app Bluefire will allow ePub formatted books protected by Adobe Digital Rights Manager to be loaded on an iPad, iPod or Android device. For this to work, your mobile device must also be authorized with your Adobe Digital Editions ID.

Using your My EBSCOhost folder, patrons may place holds on checked out eBooks, and access them in their folder - in the Checkouts area - when they become available. You will be notified via email when a hold becomes available and hold requests expire after three months. Once you have created a My EBSCOhost account, you may also use it to create RSS feeds and search alerts across all EBSCO databases that WOU subscribes to.

Take and save notes on EBSCO eBooks:

  1. From the page of the eBook on which you would like to leave a note, click on the Notes icon in the toolbar.
  2. Click the + New Note button that appears in the Notes area. If there are existing notes, they appear in a list in the Notes area. Click the Sign In link to save your note to your My EBSCOhost folder account.
  3. Enter your note and click the Save button. You can adjust how the text appears in your note using the Bold, Italics, and Underline buttons above the text field. Your saved note will appear in the Notes list.
  4. Click the X in the upper-left corner to close the Notes area.

*The EBSCO eBooks user's guide can be accessed here.