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E-Book Resources

Collections of Ebooks available through CUNY/BC

The ACLS Humanities E-Book Project is a digital collection of over 2,800 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with twenty learned societies, nearly 100 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books, essays, and primary sources in the Humanities, with a broad selection of subjects and fields, ranging from Women's Studies and Politics, to Literary Criticism and Religion. Allows users to save and email citations, as well as link directly to titles.

These reference books from the American Psychological Association (APA) provide a one-stop shop for both overviews and in-depth analyses of a variety of sub-fields within psychology. Individual chapters are available in PDF format. Titles include:

  • APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook
  • APA Educational Psychology Handbook
  • APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis
  • APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality
  • APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology

This package contains a large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter—from business and science, to engineering and humanities. Nearly 70,000 titles are included in this package.

ebrary is an information delivery service that features a growing selection of more than 36,000 titles from more than 200 leading academic, STM, and professional publishers.

ebrary allows an unlimited number users of any one book in the database at any given time.  Portions of books may be downloaded as PDF files, and entire books may be downloaded and read using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.

Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers a wealth of eBook reference content in a database format, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources on a variety of subjects.

Palgrave Connect offers an ebook Collection with over 9,500 titles offered in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business.  These ebooks ebooks are available in collections organized by year of publication and by discipline.

The book collection offer thousands of peer-reviewed digital books from over 65 major university presses and scholarly publishers and allow books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.  To search for books alone, select "Books" from the drop down box to the right of the search box.

Springer’s eBook Collection covers the subject areas: Architecture, Design and Arts; Behavioral Sciences; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business & Economics; Chemistry & Material Science; Computer Science; Earth & Environmental Science; Engineering; Humanities, Social Science & Law; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine; Physics & Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.

SpringerLink's Economics E-book collection contains electronic versions of books that are fully downloadable and printable.

Features of BC Ebook Collections

Subscription E-book Collections
"*" available in library catalog
 
Subjects
Print? Download
Software Requirements
ACLS Humanities E-book*
 Humanities No No Web browser
APA Handbooks Psychology Yes PDF download Web browser; PDF Reader
Ebrary* Multi-subject 60 pages PDF chapter download
Full book as ACSM for 7 days 
Ebrary guide to downloading e-books
Web Browser; Adobe Digital Editions; Bluefire Reader (for Android or Apple mobile devices)
e-book Academic Collection
(EBSCOhost)
Multi-subject  60 pages PDF chapter download
Full book as ACSM for 7 days
EBSCO guide to downloading e-books
Web Browser; Adobe Digital Editions; Bluefire Reader (for Android or Apple mobile devices)
e-book Collection
(EbscoHost, formerly NetLibrary)*
Multi-subject 60 pages PDF chapter download
Full book as ACSM for 7 days
EBSCO guide to downloading e-books
Web Browser; Adobe Digital Editions; Bluefire Reader (for Android or Apple mobile devices)
Gale Virtual Reference Library* Reference Books
Multi-subject
Yes PDF download Web browser; PDF Reader
Harvard E-books*
Humanities and Social Sciences Yes PDF download
see title list
catalog access only
Web browser; PDF Reader
Palgrave Connect E-books* Humanities, Social Sciences,& Business Yes PDF download
Palgrave guide to downloading e-books
Web browser; PDF Reader
Project Muse* Arts, Humanities and Sciences Yes PDF download Web browser; PDF Reader
SpringerLink E-books* Arts, Humanities and Sciences Yes PDF download Web browser; PDF Reader

Opening an Ebook from the Catalog while Off-Campus

Ebooks in the CUNY Catalog

Did you know that almost all of our ebooks can be found via the CUNY library catalog? You should be prompted to log in to read ebooks straight from within the catalog using your off-campus login information (the same information as you would use for library databases).

If you are off-campus and would like to browse through our ebook collections, you will need to log in first to authenticate yourself as a Brooklyn College affiliate. 

To do this, before you open an ebook collection, go to the library's home page and then click on the red lock icon on the middle left side of the page. After you enter your off-campus login information (the same information as you would use for library databases), any ebook you find can then be viewed in full from off-campus (the red lock icon should turn green once you are logged in). 

Collections of Ebooks available on the Web (no login required)

The Directory of Open Access Books organizes ebooks that are available to read free of charge on the internet. It includes books published by academic, peer reviewed books via Open Access licenses.

The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library collects SGML and XML texts and images on history, literature, and more.

950 open textbooks; search by ISBN or subject.

Google's Book Search searches the full text of books and allows you to see anything from a few short excerpts to the entire book, depending copyright restrictions and other factors. Select Full View in the results screen or advanced search to limit your search to books entirely, and freely, available online.

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.  There are 5,419,598 book titles and 268,899 serial titles currently digitized.

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) collection provides access to thousands of contemporary and out of print books and picture books in full text and in the original language of publication. Users can browse by country, title, author, and illustrator, and can search by keyword, age, content, and subject.

The Internet Archive offers access to freely available e-books from a number of projects including Project Gutenberg and the Universal Library.

Over 3,000 books are available for free online from the National Academies Press, which publishes reports by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

OAPEN includes open access academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Online Books Page indexes over 25,000 books and shorter texts available for free on the web. Listings can be searched or browsed by title, author, and subject.
Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books, has over 20,000 books available for online viewing or downloading.

SurLaLune offers over 40 eBooks, including fairy tale and folklore anthologies, critical texts, poetry and fiction.  The index is divided by subject matter and region.

Textbook Revolution is the web's source for free educational materials. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. Books are available on many topics, including biology, business, chemistry, earth sciences, economics, engineering, health sciences, history, mathematics, physics, and more.

Almost 2,000 electronic editions of academic books have been published online at the UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, web site. All E-Books in the collection are available for free to UC faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, more than 25 percent of the books are available for free to the public.

The University of Adelaide's Barr Smith Library has established the University of Adelaide Press, a digital academic publisher.  The electronic editions are Open Access and free.  All titles are internationally peer-reviewed.