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Using E-books: ProQuest Ebook Central

E-books for research use.

ProQuest Ebook Central Quick Facts

ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly known as ebrary) offers titles from hundreds of trusted publishers on one modern, intuitive platform Its intuitive, mobile-optimized design lets researchers get “anytime access” to the content they need – from a single chapter to an entire book.

Main Site:
Mobile Site: N/A
Coverage: mostly 2000 to present
Users: vary from 1 user to unlimited simultaneous users
Subjects: multi-disciplines
Features: create personal account, sign in to download, highlight and annotate documents, take notes, save favorites, create folders on the personal bookshelf
Viewing Content: plug-in ebrary online reader within web browsers on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platform
Printing: Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
-  use Print to PDF to create a PDF that can be printed (or saved). You may choose to print Current Page, Page Range, or Current Chapter.
- downloaded PDFs can be read by most mobile devices, including Kindles, without additional software.
- PDF files will not expire

1. Download to laptop desktop:
- users first need to create an Adobe account and install the Adobe Digital Editions (free online, Windows® and Mac OS)
- For a limited no. of titles, users can download the entire e-book for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions.

- up to 10 simultaneous downloads per patron
- See section: "Downloading E-book to Laptop Desktop"

1. Download to mobile devices:
- users can download a book for offline reading on either their tablet or phone (iOS and Android are supported) using the independent, highly rated Bluefire Reader for mobile devices (freely available for iOS devices in the App Store and for Android devices in Google Play)
See section: "Download E-book to Mobile Devices"

Supported mobile device or apps: - all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)
- Adobe Digital Editions compatible eReader device
More Information: ProQuest Online Help


Create a ProQuest Ebook Central Account

To create a ProQuest Ebook Central account:

  • Click the Sign-in button in the upper right corner.
  • On the Sign In page, click Join Ebook Central
  • Complete the form to create an account.

Searching in ProQuest Ebook Central

1. Simple Search

  • You may search by keyword, author or publisher, and you can use "double quotes" around the search terms to search for the exact phrase. Search words can be entered in any order.

 2. Advanced Search

  • Advanced searching covers a wide range of search criteria including:
    • Keyword
    • Title
    • Author
    • Subject
    • Pub Year Range
    • ISBN
    • Publisher
    • Series Title
    • LC Subject Heading
    • LC Call Number
    • Dewey Decimal Number
    • Full Text
    • Language
    • Download Format
    • Number of Copies

3. Browse Subjects

  • Don't have a particular topic in mind? Browse a list of available subjects, see what looks interesting to you, and click on a subject link to find out more. 

4. ProQuest Ebook Central Online Reader

In the ebook record, click Read Online to open the ebook with the online reader.

The online reader allows you to view and interact with documents and include the following features:

1. Download

In the new Reader, downloading a book is an easy three step process. Downloads are supported on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phones (iOS and Android).

2. Copy

There are two options to copy. To copy a page, select the copy icon in the navigation toolbar. To copy text within a page, select your text. A pop-up menu appears and you select the copy icon on the far left.

3. Print

In the new online Reader use Print to PDF to create a PDF that can be printed (or saved). You may choose Current Page, Page Range, or Current Chapter. You choose which of the five citation styles will be appended to the PDF: APA, Chicago/Turabian - Notes - Bibliography, Chicago/Turabian - Author - Date, Harvard, or MLA.

4. Search Within Book

In the search within book box, type your search term, making sure to put phrases in quotes. Search results are displayed showing frequency bars next to each chapter. Click on the triangle to the left of the chapter for counts of results per page and contextual snippets of text. Click on the snippet to display the page in the book with the highlighted search terms.

5. Add to Bookshelf

Click on the bookshelf icon to save the current title to the ebrary bookshelf. If you have already added the title to your bookshelf, the icon will be greyed out.

6. Share Link

Sharing a link allows you to copy a URL to the current page in the book which you may share with authorized users.

7. Cite

Cite allows you to create a citation choosing from five styles. If you have a preferred citation style you may set that preference in Settings.

8. Highlight

There are two ways to highlight text. Select text on a page and choose the yellow, blue or pink option from the pop-up menu. If you select the icon from the toolbar instead, you may select and highlight text in yellow. Highlights are saved in the bookshelf.

9. Notes

There are two ways to take notes. Select text on a page and choose the note option from the pop-up menu (far right option). The note icon is placed adjacent left to the text. If you select the note icon in the toolbar, you create a note for the page and the note icon is placed in the upper left of the page, independent of text. All notes are saved in the bookshelf, and viewable in the Annotations side panel.

10. Bookmark

Click the bookmark icon in the toolbar or the bookmark icon in the upper right of the page to bookmark a page. Bookmarks are saved in the bookshelf, and viewable in the Annotations side panel.

11. Zoom Options

Zoom options include zoom in (+), zoom out (-), and fit to width, or fit to page (under Zoom options).

12. Go To Page

Click on top of the page number and enter your desired page to navigate to a specific page in a book.

13. Previous/Next

The Previous/Next function allows you to move backward or forward through a book one page at a time.

14. Help

Just click the ? to view frequently asked questions and their answers.

15. Settings

Here you can reset your password and choose a default citation style.

Printing Current Page, Page Range, or Current Chapter

Users can use Print to PDF to create a PDF that can be printed (or saved). You may choose to print Current Page, Page Range, or Current Chapter. 


Downloading E-book to Laptop Desktop

For a limited no. of titles, users can download the entire e-book for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions.

Download e-books and open in Adobe Digital Editions

  • You will need Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks to your desktop. 
  • If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions, download it for free by using the link in the download box to connect to the Adobe site.
  • Adobe Digital Editions works with a variety of devices, including the Nook and several iPad and Android apps, but cannot be used on a Kindle.
  • Go to ProQuest Ebook Central and sign in to your account. (That is, click the Sign In button at the top right and sign in as usual.) 

  • Find the ebook you want to download for offline reading. 
  • In the ebook record, click the Full Download button.

  • Then, you will prompt for what device you are using to view the ebook offline. Select "Laptop Desktop".

  • Click "Continue".

  • Click "Done with this step" if you have already installed the Adobe Digital Editions.

  • Click "Download Your Book" to start downloading. 

  • Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose either Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later.
  • To open with Adobe Digital Editions, you'll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account. If you don't already have one, click the button to create one. 
  • Then, click the thumbnail to open the ebook in the Adobe Digital Edition. 

Install BlueFire Reader App

Bluefire Reader is an e-book reader application for mobile devices, it supports Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. 

Official website:

  • Download and install the BlueFire Reader using the "App Store" icon. Once installed, click to open the BlueFire Reader.
  • You will be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account. If you don't have one yet, create one by clicking on "Create an account."
  • Go to the ProQuest eBook Central and sign in to your account.
  • Search for the document and select the option to download the entire book.

Downloading E-book to Mobile Devices

1. Downloading e-books on IOS / Android devices

  • Go to ProQuest Ebook Central and sign in to your account. (That is, click the Sign In button at the top right and sign in as usual.) 

  • Find the book you want to download with your mobile device (tablet or phone).
  • In the ProQuest Ebook Central Online Reader, click the Download button.
  • Then, select the mobile device you are using for offline reading. 
  • Then, you will be prompted to install the Bluefire Reader which is required to view ebook on the mobile device (see "Install BlueFire Reader App"). Once installed, click "Done with this step" and click "Download" to download the ebook. 
  • When finished, you can open the ebook in the Bluefire Reader. 


2. Transferring a downloaded e-book from Adobe Digital Editions to an iOS device

  • Download to your iOS device a reading app (such as BlueFire Reader) from the App Store.
  • Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  • Open iTunes and synchronize your iOS device.
  • Click on the iPhone (or other) icon in the left pane.
  • Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to select File Sharing.
  • Click on Add.
  • Go to your My Digital Editions folder.
  • Select the downloaded e-book you’d like to transfer (be sure to select the .pdf file, not the .acsm file.)
  • Re-sync your iOS device.

3. Transferring a downloaded e-book from Adobe Digital Editions to other devices (but not a Kindle)
Learn more:

  • Connect your supported device to your computer.
  • Launch Adobe Digital Editions and you will be prompted to sign in your Adobe ID (Get your Adobe ID here).
  • Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
  • The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded e-book title(s) you wish to transfer.

Returning a downloaded e-book

You don’t need to return a e-book downloaded with Adobe Digital Editions. It will automatically expire at the end of the loan period. But since you can only have 10 downloads at a time, you might want to return an e-book early so you can download others.  And returning a single-user-only downloaded e-book will release it for other users.  Early returns of downloaded e-books are done through Adobe Digital Editions, or an app (such as BlueFire) on your device. 

To return an e-book:

  • In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the title you wish to return early.
  • Select Return Borrowed Item.
  • Click OK.
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