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Political Science: eBooks

This guide is to help you with your research in Political Science.

eBrary

eBrary is a multidisciplinary resource that holds over 50,000 academic titles that is constantly expanding!  Although most e-books can be downloaded, there are some titles not available for download as a restriction put forth by the respective publisher.  eBrary offers our patrons to download e-books in either a PDF file or through Adobe Digital Editions.  Bear in mind that restrictions of how much content can be downloaded, loan periods, and access is set forth by the publisher and not customizable.

Before you get started, you'll want to make sure you create your own personal ebrary account or sign in to an existing personal ebrary account.  This gives you the ability to save custom searches and create a "bookshelf" of titles you wish to download.

Have you downloaded Adobe Digital Editions yet?  Be sure you do if you wish to download full e-books from e-brary!

eBrary titles are also available by search HillSearch.

Downloading eBrary Materials as PDF files

You can create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range for any eBrary document (up to the same number of pages you can print on your ebrary site).  Before you get started, you'll want to make sure you create your own personal ebrary account or sign in to an existing personal ebrary account.  This gives you the ability to save custom searches and create a "bookshelf" of titles you wish to download.

You can then read the image PDF file offline using any standard PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader, which most users already have.  You can also transfer the file to a mobile decide or e-reader.  However, you cannot search text or make annotations in an image PDF.  Image PDF files won’t time-out or expire.

To create an image PDF of a specific chapter :

  1. Click on Download button in ebrary search-results list or QuickView window. You may be prompted to sign in to your eBrary bookshelf account.
  2. Select the option to create an image PDF of a chapter, then choose the name of the chapter from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click OK.  (Note, if the chapter is longer than the number of pages allowed to be printed on your site, you will get an error message.)

 

To create an image PDF of a specific page range:

  1. Click on the Download button in the search results list or QuickView window. You may be prompted to sign in to your eBrary bookshelf account.
  2. Select the option to create an image PDF of a specific page range, then enter the starting and ending ebook page numbers in the boxes (note, these are the sequentially numbered pages used for e-books, not the page numbers printed on the page.)
  3. Click OK.  (Note, if the page range is longer than the number of pages allowed to be printed on your site, you will get an error message.)

 

(source:  ebrary Knowledge Base)

Downloading eBrary Materials as E-Books Through Adobe Digital Editions

To download an entire eBrary document thereby creating an e-book for temporary access you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program.  (Not available for Linux, and not supported on Kindle.)You will be able to read and annotate the e-book offline, and transfer it to your supported devices.  Access periods are 7 or 14 days, but you can return it early.  You can have up to 10 ebrary e-books at a time.  Some eBrary documents may not be available for this type of download.

If you haven't downloaded Adobe Digital Editions or created an Adobe ID, you will want to do so before you get started. 

Or, you can do all the steps together, but this might be a bit more confusing:

  1. Go to eBrary
  2. If you aren’t already, sign in to your eBrary bookshelf account.  (That is, click the Sign In button at the top right and sign in as usual.)
  3. Find the book you want to download
  4. Click the Download button in the eBrary search-results list or from within QuickView
  5. Select the option to download the entire document
  6. Click OK
  7. A dialog box shows number of days e-book will be readable
  8. Click Download
  9. If you haven’t already, you’ll be prompted to install Adobe Digital Editions
  10. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose either Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later
  11. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account.  If you don’t already have one, click the button to create one.
  12. Click OK

(source:  eBrary Knowledge Base)

 

For Amazon Kindle Fire Users:  There is an extra step involved in downloading an eBrary book to your Kindle Fire that requires you to download a special app to your device.  For detailed information, visit here.

 

How to Transfer Titles to an E-Reader

First, download the e-book to your computer.

Then, follow these instructions:

  1. Connect your supported device to your computer.
  2. Launch Adobe Digital Editions. You may be prompted to create an Adobe ID.
  3. Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
  4. The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded title(s) you wish to transfer.

(source:  eBrary Knowledge Base)

Downloading eBrary Materials as E-Books For iPad

You can download an entire eBrary document directly from an iPad, but you’ll need to have done the first two steps before downloading from within eBrary.

First, create an Adobe ID if you have not done so already!

Second, install BlueFire:

  1. Go to the on your iPadApp Store
  2. Search for “BlueFire Reader“
  3. Download it to your iPad

Third, download the e-book from within eBrary:

  1. Go to your usual eBrary site
  2. Sign in to your ebrary bookshelf account
  3. Search for the document you want to download
  4. Click on its cover or title to open it in QuickView
  5. Click on the green Download button
  6. Select the option to download the entire book
  7. Follow the prompts, including signing in to your Adobe ID

Your downloaded e-book will then be available in your iPad’s BlueFire folder, ready for offline reading, annotating, etc.

(source:  eBrary Knowledge Base)

Returning an E-Book

eBrary documents downloaded with Adobe Digital Editions automatically expire at the end of the loan period and are rendered unusable at that time.

To return an e-book early:

  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the arrow icon on the title you wish to return early.
  2. Select Return Borrowed Item.
  3. Click OK.
  4. You may also wish to Delete Item by clicking on the same arrow.

(source:  eBrary Knowledge Base)

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