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Research Skills: E-Books

A step-by-step approach to ensure that you possess the key skills required to find, retrieve and evaluate information on your research topic.

Finding e-books using the Library Catalogue

Individual e-book titles can be found using the library Catalogue.

To access, go to http://www.unisa.ac.za/library , click on Search the catalogue

TITLE

  •  Type the exact title in the search box, eg. Tradition and theology
  • Using the drop-down menu, change View entire collection to E-books
  •  Click on Submit
  •  The search results will appear
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the e-book
  • Click on the link in the Connect to box to view the electronic version of the e-book
  • Off-campus users will be prompted for their login information before being allowed to access the full-text content of the e-book

Author


  •  To select your search option, use the drop down menu and select Author
  • Type the surname before the first name in the search box, eg. for the author Barry Smith type in Smith Barry
  • Using the drop-down menu, change View entire collection to E-Books
  •  Click on Submit
  •  A list of publications by the selected author will appear
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the e-book
  • Click on the link in the Connect to box to view the electronic version of the e-book
  • Off-campus users will be prompted for their login information before being allowed to access the full-text content of the e-book

Keyword

 

  • To select your search option, use the drop down menu and select Keyword
  •  Type your keyword in the search box, eg. Leadership
  •  Using the drop-down menu, change View entire collection to E-books
  • Click on Submit
  • The search result(s) will appear with the most relevant titles displayed first
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the e-book
  • Click on the Website link to view the electronic version of the e-book
  •  Off-campus users will be prompted for their login information before being allowed to access the full text content of the e-book

Library Guides

Subject specific library guides list all the relevant electronic e-book databases in the field.

Finding e-books using the library’s online databases

Use the library’s e-book database collections to find e-books on your topic. Each database has its own specific format so it is recommended that you use the online help screens or instruction pages for each database. Remember that the library may not necessarily have access to all the titles held by the database, but this will be indicated.  

  • Go to Find e-resources and click on the e-Books tab
  •  Using the alphabetical list, select the relevant e-book collection by clicking on the database title, eg. Cambridge Books Online to open a search screen
  •  Enter the topic in the search box
  •  Limit to full-text should the database allow this
  •   Click on Search to display the list of results
  •  If a list of e-book titles is displayed, click on a title to view the Table of Contents and select the relevant chapter to view
  •  If a list of e-book chapters is displayed, open or download the chapter to view

 COPYING, DOWNLOADING, PRINTING AND SAVING

 Due to copyright restrictions, only limited printing, downloading and/or saving is allowed on many of the databases. 

The following usually applies:

  •  Copying – text can be highlighted and copied
  •   Printing – either page by page or the whole chapter if in pdf format
  •   Downloading – available if in pdf format
  •  e-mailing – cannot e-mail individual books but some databases allow lists of titles to be e-mailed

Subject

 

  • To select your search option, use the drop down menu and select Subject
  • Type your subject in the search box, e.g. Training
  •  Using the drop-down menu, change View entire collection to E-books
  • Click on Submit
  • A list of subject headings will appear
  •  Click on a subject heading to view the individual titles of the e-books
  • Click on a title to view the full details of the e-book
  •  Click on the Website link to view the electronic version of the e-book
  • Off-campus users will be prompted for their login information before being allowed access to the full-text content of the e-book