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Ebooks: Ebrary

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Getting started

ebrary is a collection of electronic books in a wide range of subject areas. Access is available from all campus computers. Caltech faculty, staff, and students can also access this resource from off campus.

All books in ebrary can be read online. Some are available to download and read offline.

Full Download

Some of our ebrary ebooks are available to download and read offline.  For these titles the Full Download button will be active.  To download a title, you need to log in.  If you haven't created an account, please see the box below that describes how to create an account.


Full download requires either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader (depending on whether you want to download to a computer or an iOS or Android device.  Full downloads are time limited.

Creating an account

By creating an ebrary account, you can

  • Download chapters of the book to your computer as a PDF
  • Save documents, notes, and highlights to your personal bookshelf
  • Add books to your bookshelf to save for future use
  • Create folders to organize your research

To create your ebrary account:

  1. Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper right corner.
  2. On the Sign In page, click on Create account.
  3. Complete the form and then click on Create Account.

Your Personal Bookshelf

If you have an ebrary account, you can store documents that you are interested in on your personal bookshelf that only you can view. The bookshelf is your workspace where can organize your research. You can also create folders to organize your documents and annotations. ebrary helps you keep track of which folders your work is in and which items are not categorized.

NOTE: You must first create an account to use the ebrary Bookshelf. See the box above for more details.

ADDING BOOKS TO YOUR BOOKSHELF

1. Conduct a search

2. Select a book that would like to save by clicking on the cover image or title.The onscreen reader will provide access to the full text of the book.

3. To save the book to your bookshelf, click on the Add to Bookshelf link on the right side of the screen.

 

VIEWING YOUR BOOKSHELF & CREATING FOLDERS

1. To view the books on your bookshelf, click on the Bookshelf tab near the top right of the screen.

2.Your folders will be listed on the left side of the screen. The contents of the folders will be listed on the right side of the screen. To add a new folder, click on the Add Folder link on the left. To place books in folders, simply drag your books from the right side to a folder on the left.

Exporting Citations to EndNoteĀ®

The first time you import citations from ebrary to EndNote, you might need configure ebrary to show EndNote buttons. When you use ebrary on a different computer, or with another browser on the same computer, you will need to repeat this process. 

  1. Click My Settings, located beside the Sign In link in the top right corner of the main ebrary screen.  (Note: You do not need to be signed in to change My Settings.)
  2. Click Edit Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Citation Manager and click the Enable EndNote & Citavi check box.

Importing single references from ebrary:
In ebrary: From the search results screen in ebrary, click on the EndNote & Citavi button. Or, from the onscreen reader click the Get Citation button:

In EndNote:

  1. If EndNote is not open on your computer, it should open automatically (this may take some time). 
  2. You will be prompted to open or download the file (filetype: .action). Select Open (default option).
  3. EndNote will prompt you for the reference library in which you want to save the citation. Choose a library.
  4. EndNote displays the library. The citation you just imported will be shown under Imported References.

Importing multiple references from ebrary:
In ebrary:

  1. Sign in to ebrary.
  2. Add the references you want to export to your ebrary bookshelf.
  3. You can do this from Quick View (click Add to My Bookshelf) or from the ebrary Reader (select InfoTools, then select Add to My Bookshelf).
  4. Select the Bookshelf tab. Create a folder for the references you have saved to your bookshelf, or put them in an existing folder.  You must put your references in a folder in order to export them to EndNote.
  5. Click on the folder name to view its contents.  Select Export entire folder to EndNote & Citavi.

In EndNote:

  1. If EndNote is not open on your computer, it should open automatically (this may take some time). 
  2. You will be prompted to open or download the file (filetype: .action). Select Open (default option).
  3. EndNote will prompt you for the reference library in which you want to save the citation. Choose a library.
  4. EndNote displays the library. The citation you just imported will be shown under Imported References.

Engineering Librarian

Kristin Buxton
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