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This guide is intended for students, faculty, and staff to use ebooks in the course of their studies and research. It will include practical tips about finding, using, and citing ebooks as well as accessibility considerations.
How many users can access ebooks?
  • For most ebook platforms, it varies by the book. For example, EBSCO and ProQuest have a few different models available:

    1 User: A single user at any time, but unlimited users per year. If one student downloads a book, noboby else can access it. If one student is reading online, then nobody can access it until they close the browser tab or the session times out.

    3 User: 3 users at a time, including downloads and online use.

    Unlimited User: No limits to simultaneous users or total users per year.

    Concurrent Access: There are no limits to how many people can read the book at any one time, but there is a limit to how many can use it in a year, usually 255.

  • For some ebook platforms such as JSTOR and Springer, all ebook chapters are available exclusively in a DRM-free, unlimited-user model.

Finding ebooks through OneSearch
  • Search for textbooks & ebooks in the library catalog using OneSearch by applying the search filter "Available Online at CSUN" "Books"


  • Click the title of the book you want to read, and use any link under "Online Access" to get the full text. The link may direct to a PDF, but more often, it will lead you to an external site. Check out the Using eBooks page to find out more information about accessing full-texts and other features.


Finding eBooks from subject databases

  • Check out our subject databases with domain-specific ebooks

    • Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital images and PDFs of over 125,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere between 1473 and 1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

    • Safari Tech Books Online, also known as Safari Books Online, provides full-text access to thousands of e-books in technology, business, creative and digital media, and personal and professional development, including computer manuals and reference works. When accessing this resource, you will be prompted to “Select your Institution.” Choose the option that reads “Not listed? Click here.” There you can enter your CSUN email address for a new account or sign in with an existing account.

    • More of our subject databases!

Finding eBooks from other sources

Finding electronic textbooks

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an icon for partial quotation marks Acknowledgment

This guide is inspired by ebooks LibGuides from Bryn Mawr CollegeCOM Library, and Oxford Library.

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