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The EBSCO eBook Collection includes thousands of titles. These titles operate on the "library check-out" model, where readers who want to download the entire e-book have to check it out for a specified amount of time. There are also options to download individual chapters or page ranges of the e-book. These features do not have a time limit. This tab provides a detailed overview of how to access, download, and save individual EBSCO e-books within this vast collection.

Access Option #1: View Full Text in Your Browser & Download Individual Chapters

  • Once you've chosen an e-book from your list of search results in EBSCO's eBook Collection,
    select the "PDF Full Text" icon image of the "PDF Full Text" download link (as circled below) to open the full-text within your browser:

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  • Selecting the "PDF Full Text" link should open the full book. Within this page, there will also be a "Contents" section towards the left-side of the screen (pictured below). This section allows users to browse within the work, and it also contains blue download links for users who want to download individual chapters or page ranges. To prompt the download, simply click on the downward-facing blue arrow, as pictured here:

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  • Selecting the download link should open a pop-up window (pictured below). Select the page, number of pages, or chapter that you wish to download, and then click "Download PDF," as circled below:

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  • The above option can be highly useful for users who want to print sections (or chapters) of an e-book. When downloading individual chapters or sections of up to 100 pages, the file format is a regular PDF, and this format is very easy to print.
  • Sometimes the e-book you select will already be in use, and you will be unable to immediately view the full text. Note: you can still eventually read the book, but you will have to wait until it becomes available again (this can take a few hours or a few days).  The maximum lending time for EBSCO eBooks is set to seven days, so if a book is currently not available seven days will be the longest wait.

Access Option #2: Download the Entire Book

  • Full e-books can be downloaded from EBSCO's eBook Collection. This option is indicated by a blue link labelled "Full Download" (Image of the "Full Download" link from EBSCOhost EBooks). This link is either listed in the search results or within the item record for the ebook (see the screenshot below).

 eBook Full Text Download

  • Selecting the "Full Download" link will open a pop-up window labelled "Download eBook (Borrow)." Within this window, there are several options to select. The first is for how many days you will borrow the book for, and the second is the download format. Note: In order to download entire eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. We recommend ensuring you have the most recent version of Digital Editions installed. This is a free download available at Once you've selected the number of days, selected the format, and checked a box confirming that you have installed Adobe Digital Editions, select the blue "Full Download" link to begin the download.
  • After selecting "Full Download" you will be asked to sign-in (see image below) to get begin the download process. Click "Sign In / Create Account" to proceed.

  • If you already have an EBSCO account, use your email address and password to login.  If you do not have an EBSCO account, you can use your Google account to access all EBSCO services, including eBooks.  If you would like to sign up for an EBSCO account, select "Sign Up"

  • After signing in and starting the download, you should receive a notification that the download completed.


  • Once the "Full Download" link has been selected, you should receive a confirmation letting you know that your download has been successful, as pictured here:

  • After receiving notification of a successful download, you may now use Adobe Digital Editions to read the book.  If you require further assistance, please contact us at

Elsevier eBooks offer one of the more easy platforms for accessing eBook content. You do not need additional software to access the Watson Library Collection of Elsevier eBooks, however, these eBooks do lack some of the viewing and reading features offered by other eBook vendors. 

Accessing Elsevier eBooks

  • When you arrive at the Elsevier eBooks collection, you will be presented with an alphabetical listing of eBook titles with a search box at the top of the page.  You can either browse this list or search the collection to find what you need.  Because this collection is offered through Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform, it contains primarily scientific eBooks.Elsevier eBooks: Image 1





  • Once you locate a title of interest and select it, you will be presented with a detailed record of the title.  Each title contains a table of contents where you can download or view a PDF of a chapter. 

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  • To download an individual chapter in PDF format, first select the chapter with the check box to the left of the chapter's title.  Then, select "Download PDF's".  All downloads will be delivered to your computer in the .ZIP file format.  Once a download is complete, you may extract the PDF's using your computer's installed extraction software.

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  • If you wish to download an entire eBook, select "Download all chapters". As with individual chapters, downloads will be delivered to your computer in the .ZIP file format.  Once a download is complete, you may extract the PDF's using your computer's installed extraction software.

OhioLink Electronic Books Center (EBC) Information

  • As a member of OhioLink, the Watson Library enjoys access to various collections of OhioLink eBooks.  These specialized collections allow you to view online or download titles in the .epub format. 
  • To view an entire .epub eBook from the OhioLink EBC, you will need an application that is capable of reading .epub files.  Below are a few applications that can be used to read .pub books.

OhioLink Electronic Books Center (EBC) - Online Access

  • Once you locate an eBook of interest, you can view that title easily online by clicking the "Read" link.

OhioLink EBC: View Online - Click Read

OhioLink Electronic Books Center (EBC) - ePub Download


  • To download a copy of a title from the OhioLink EBC, just click download icon OhioLink Download image.

  • This will download the .epub file for the title you have selected.  To open these files use one of the selected programs listed above.
  • Advanced features are available from the OhioLink EBC platform if you create a profile.  To create a profile, select "Menu" in the upper left of the screen and then "CREATE YOUR PROFILE"

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O'Reilly Safari Learning Platform (also referred to as Safari Books Online) provides over 30,000 electronic books in computer science, information technology, and related subjects from two major publishers, O'Reilly & Associates and Pearson Technology Associates.

For access, O'Reilly Safari is unique: unlike other e-book collections at Wilmington College, Safari does not rely on your campus-wide credentials for access; instead, users are only required to provide their Wilmington College email.

Note that the Safari interface can prove confusing for initial access, so please follow the steps below to gain access. Also included on this page is an overview of how to access individual e-books within this vast collection.

How to Access O'Reilly Safari E-Books

  • To access e-books in the O'Reilly Safari Learning Platform, visit the following url - Once on this page, the prompt below should appear. Select the link labeled "Institution not listed?" (as circled below). Selecting this link is required because Wilmington College is not listed in the drop-down menu of institutions.

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  • Upon clicking the "Institution not listed?" link, the following page should appear, prompting you to enter your academic email. Make sure you enter your email in this field and then click the "Let's Go" button:

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  • Entering your Wilmington College email should cause the page to refresh and show the following screen welcoming you to the O'Reilly Learning Platform. Click the "Got It" button circled below:

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  • You should now be in the platform with full access to the over 30K titles. In the example below, an e-book on C++ was selected. To access the full-text of this title (or any other title in the platform) hit the "Start" button beneath the e-book cover:

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  • This button should open the book and allow you to read it within the browser. Note that Safari e-books are only available to read online.

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Watson Library only subscribes to one collection through ProQuest eBook Central.  This one collection is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)  which was provided by OhioLink via an ARPA grant in early opens in a new window  Titles in this collection operate on the "library check-out" model, where readers who want to download the entire e-book have to check it out for a specified amount of time. There are also options to download individual chapters or page ranges of the e-book, and these features do not have a time limit. The information below provides a detailed overview of how to access, download, and save individual e-books within this vast collection.

Access Option #1: Viewing in Browser & Downloading Individual Chapters

  • Many e-books within ProQuest's eBook Central will not have any restrictions on the number of users.  However, if a limit is in place for a book, you will receive a message in the "Availability" section of the item record.  Below is an example of a ProQuest eBook with 6 copies available.

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  • From a detailed record view of an eBook as seen above, you can easily read this book online by selecting "Read Online".
  • Further down on the record, you can view individual book chapters under the "Table of Contents" section.  Each chapter can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.

ProQuest eBook image: Chapter Views Download PDF or Read Online

Access Option #2 - Downloading the Entire Book

  • Users also have the option to download the entire book. To download an entire book, select the link labelled "Download Book," as shown here:
    • ProQuest eBook Download image 
  • After clicking "Download Book", you will be prompted to either "Sign In" or "Create Account".  We advise creating your account with an email address that you check often.  You may receive notifications from ProQuest when you eBook is due back.
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  • After entering your basic account information, you will be prompted to select the type of device you are using.

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  • Similar to EBSCO eBooks, ProQuest eBook Central uses Adobe Digital Editions for reading eBooks on desktop computers and mobile devices.  Select the "Get Adobe Digital Editions" link when prompted as seen in the image below.

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  • Next you will be receive the final prompt before downloading the book.  This screen will contain information about the file size and length of the eBook.  Once you click "Download" you will receive a downloaded ".acsm" file that can only be opened using Adobe Digital Editions.  Click here for help using Adobe Digital Editions.

Salem Press is a unique eBook offering in the overall collection of Watson Library eBooks.  With Salem Press, you have two options to access a title.  You can access Salem Press eBooks from EBSCO, for assistance with eBooks from EBSCO, please view the "EBSCO eBooks" tutorial. 

Salem Press also offers eBook access from their website as well.  To get access to the native Salem Press Reference eBook collection, you will need authentication credentials to login.  This guide covers that process, but please let us know if you have questions or problems at any time by using the "Ask Us" link on the left.

If you wish to download and read an entire Salem Press title, you will want to perform that action from the EBSCO interface.  If you wish to read or save a small selection (a chapter or page) from a title, you may prefer the Salem Press collection website.  You can save or print content from both, but browsing overall content for what is available from the Salem Press Reference Collection is much easier done by using their website.

Accessing Salem Press Website for eBook Titles

  • If you are off-campus, and attempt to access the Salem Press Reference eBook collection, you will arrive at their website (see image below) where you will need to login using credentials that the Watson Library provides.  To receive those login credentials click here.  In order to receive the credentials you must provide the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Wilmington College e-mail address
    • Contact Phone Number
  • Once you provide this information, you will immediately receive the credentials.  Use the username and password combination that you receive in the "Login Name/Email Address" and "Password" fields circled below.
  • If you are on-campus, you will not need to log in for access to the Salem Press Reference eBook collection.

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  • Once logged in from off-campus or viewing on-campus, you will see a subject browse page for what the Watson Library has available.  You can also search the collection with a basic Keyword search or an Advanced Search.

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  • For more assistance with Salem Press eBooks please see the Salem Press Student User Guide.

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