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CHEM 5395: Fundamentals of Research: Finding Books

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  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
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Using Ebooks

Search for ebooks in the Library Catalog. Be sure to use the dropdown menu on the right of the search bar to limit to "E Books"!

A screenshot of the library catalog, showing the dropdown menu that limits results to ebooks only.


When you select an ebook record, look for a link that says "View online" or something similar (see the highlighted section in the screenshot below). Click through to access the text of the ebook. All ebooks are accessible on and off campus. If you are off campus, you may be prompted to log in with a NetID.

A screenshot of an ebook record in the library catalog, with the "View online" link highlighted.

For any ebook you find in the Library Catalog, you will be able to read the full text in your browser. However, different publishers have different restrictions on how much of an ebook can be saved or printed. If you have questions about the print limits of an ebook, Ask a Librarian!

Here are two examples of print/save restrictions (click the thumbnails to see the full image).

A screenshot of an EBSCO ebook record in a database. The highlighted text reads "Publisher Permissions: Print/E-mail/Save 100 Pages, Unlimited Copy/Paste."   A screenshot of a ProQuest ebook record in a database. The highlighted text reads "17 pages remaining for copy (of 17), 34 pages remaining for PDF print (chapter download)(of 34)."

What does the catalog record tell you about a resource?

Each item in the library's collection has its own catalog record, like the one below.

Here you can see the item's location and call number and also its status. If it says AVAILABLE, the item should be on the shelf. If the item you're looking at is an electronic resource (such as an ebook or streaming video), you will not see a location or call number. Instead, you'll see a link that reads "View online," which will let you access the resource.

A screenshot of a record from the library catalog. The record is for a book titled "Engaging young engineers: teaching problem solving skills through stem." The screenshot shows the location, call number, and current status of the book.

Take a look at the parts of the record that are hyperlinked. If you click on the author's name, you can see what else in the catalog he or she wrote.

The subject terms are useful not only for finding other materials that are closely related to the one you're looking at, but also for suggesting additional search keywords.

A screenshot showing the library catalog subject headings for the book "Engaging young engineers." The subject headings read "Science -- Study and teaching (Early childhood) -- United States", "Technology -- Study and teaching (Early childhood) -- United States", "Engineering -- Study and teaching (Early childhood) -- United States" and "Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Early childhood) -- United States."

If you find a really relevant book in the catalog, look at the subject terms to see if they use different words to describe your topic than you did. Try incorporating those new words in your searches to get a different angle on your research.