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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finding and Using E-Books

Looking for an e-book? You're looking in the right place!

How to Find E-Books

You can search for e-books using Easy Search or by going to the Library Catalog. Easy Search includes the Library Catalog, IDEALS, various e-book publishers, Google Books, and HathiTrust.

Subject libraries highlight specific e-book resources. For example, see the Grainger Engineering webpage for Safari Computer books, a robust database of titles focused on technology.

Finding E-Books in the Library Catalog

You can access e-books through the Library Catalog

screen shot of library home page pointing to the library catalog link

Once in the library catalog, select 'Advanced Search' underneath the search bar.

Type your search words (keyword, title, author, etc.) into the search box. Make sure to select 'Electric' under 'Version' and 'Book' under 'Formats and Media.' This will limit your results to only electronic/online books.

Finding E-Books with Easy Search

Start at the Library homepage and begin your e-book topic search in the Easy Seach box. On the results page, select "Ebook Matches" beneath the Library Catalog results: 

Library Catalog e-book search