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eBooks at SLU Libraries

eBooks in the Classroom

Can I Use EBSCO eBooks for my Course?

EBSCO eBooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using e-books available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.

Additional advantages for your students include:

  • Search within the titles for words or phrases

  • Save/email/print chapters or sections

  • Automatically generate bibliographic citations or export to bibliographic management tools

To learn more, contact your Subject Librarian.

Using Complete eBooks in the Classroom
Students can read the full-text of the title online or download the entire title to a mobile device – iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fire, and Android devices are all supported. Titles downloaded to mobile devices will be available to students as long as the library’s checkout period allows (and then will expire).

If more than one student will need to access or checkout the title at one time: 

  • check to make sure the license is for unlimited access.
  • If the license for the title is a single or 3-user license, contact your subject librarian for expanded rights. 

Using Book Chapters in the Classroom
Students can save PDF chapters or sections of EBSCO eBooks for extended access, printing, or sharing via email.

As a faculty member, you may also save PDF chapters and post them directly in your course syllabus, or you could link to the title or chapter directly. If you’re linking to the title, make sure it has unlimited access and make sure your students know they’ll need to authenticate to view their library resources.

Linking to EBSCO eBooks or eBook chapters in a syllabus or Blackboard

The Permalink feature in the eBook Viewer makes it easy to copy a link to an eBook or chapter and insert it into Blackboard, Moodle, or any other course management system.

 If you’re linking to the title, make sure it has unlimited access and make sure your students know they’ll need to authenticate to view their library resources.

To learn how to copy Permalinks in EBSCOhost, see How can I link to eBooks or eBook chapters in my syllabus or on Blackboard? on the EBSCO Support Site.

User Limits

How many people can use an EBSCO eBook at once?

Navigate to the Detailed Record for the EBSCO eBook you'd like to use in class.

The Detailed Record contains the license information, displaying either Limited Access (1 or 3 copies available) or Unlimited Access.

For limited access titles, you may still save and use PDF chapters in your class. However, if you’d like to link to the title or make the title available for everyone to view online or download at the same time, you’ll want to make sure the title has an Unlimited User Access. (You can contact your librarian to expand the user rights for most titles).


Sharing a Limited Access EBSCO eBook