Ebooks are a great resource for students! We have over 300,000 ebooks available, and many of them have multi-user access, which means more than one student can view it at a time.
There are a few pitfalls that we want to make you aware of:
Please remind students that if they “check-out” the book (an option through one of our providers), they are limiting access for a period of time.
Please remind students not to download the entire book, or print the entire book. OIS is implementing printing amount limits this semester, which are generous but will be reached quickly with one or two printed books.
Permanent links to ebooks are available from two sources: Bluejay Search (the library catalog) or directly from the ebook databases. See below for instructions on locating and copying those links.
Start by searching for the ebook in Bluejay Search. Once you've opened the title, click on permalink (top center of screenshot below). Copy the permalink and share it with students via email or put it in Blackboard.
If you have located an ebook through ebook Central or EBSCO, use these instructions.
ebook Central: When you have located an ebook, click to display the full record. Share Link to Book, located on the left side of the screen (highlighted below), then copy the link that appears in the popup window. This record displays how many pages users can download/print at a time, and how many users can view the book simultaneously (also highlighted below).
EBSCO: When you have located an ebook, click to display the full record. Click on Permalink, located under Tools on the right side of the screen (highlighted below), then copy the Permalink.Note also that this record displays how many pages users can download/print at a time, and how many users can view the book simultaneously (also highlighted below).
If you have located an ebook through another database (Credo, Gale, JSTOR, Ovid, Oxford, Wiley, etc.) follow the instructions on Finding and Using Permalinks from Databases.