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eGuide: Finding and using ebooks

Finding and using ebooks via iDiscover

The easiest way to find ebooks is via iDiscover. Most, but not all, collections supplied by ebooks@cambridge are searchable in iDiscover. Information on the full collection can be found on the ebooks@cambridge webpage.


Searching iDiscover

For general guidance on searching iDiscover read our eGuide. To find an eBooks:


  • Enter one or more search terms in the search box. Autocomplete will suggest matches as you type (a general search will find print and ebooks).
  • Ebooks include a green  ‘Online access’ link. Some also include [electronic resource] in the title.


There are two ways to refine your results:
Methods 1:

  • After entering your search, an additional box with the phrase ‘All libraries/collections’ will appear.
  • Click on the arrow and select ‘Ebooks’.

Method 2:

  • Use ‘Refine my results’ after a search to limit your results to ebooks only.
  • Click on the ‘Full Text Online’ and ‘Books’ filters to see only ebooks in your results.


  • Click on the ebook title to open more detailed information about the book. Alternatively, click on ‘Online access’ to connect to the ebook immediately.
  • Connect to the ebook using the link under ‘View Online’. The wording of the link varies by supplier.


  • You will need a Raven password to access ebooks@cambridge titles from outside the Cambridge University network (and Dawsonera ebooks on campus).
  • You can log in to Raven when you connect to an ebook from iDiscover. Or, you can log in to the iDiscover platform with Raven at any point during your searching.
  • If you are logged in to the iDiscover platform, you should not be asked to enter Raven credentials when connecting to eresources including ebooks.


Electronic legal deposit via iDiscover

When searching iDiscover, you will sometimes find ebooks that are available on designated PCs only. You can spot these ebooks from the Conditions of Use statement that appears on the detailed record . These ebooks are made available through electronic legal deposit. See Access to Electronic Legal Deposit for further information.

Excluding electronic legal deposit:

If your iDiscover search results include items from Electronic Legal Deposit, you will see ‘Electronic Legal Deposit’ appear as a Collection filter. Hover over the filter and click the red ‘exclude’ icon to remove these items from your results.


Using an ebook (ebrary)

You can choose to download the ebook or read it online



You can turn pages using the left and right arrows. You can search for particular words using the search box, or, skip to later sections using the Table of Contents. To find a specific page, insert the page number in the "Go to Page" box.



Additional features

You can use the citation listed on the resource for your references. There is also the option to export the citations to reference management sotware. See eGuide 13 : citing references for style guides and software information.



Highlight text and change the colour for different themes. You can also quickly add notes to your highlighted text.



Note: For some additional features you may need to set up an account. With ebrary you have an account you can access with your UIS login.


Printing and copyright

Due to copyright regulations, there are usually printing and downloading restrictions. If you are printing small sections from multiple chapters the easiest way to keep track of your remaining allowance is by using the tab on the left.



Help within College

Library staff can help you get started with ebooks. During Full Term, drop-in sessions are regularly scheduled for Wednesday afternoons (14.30-16.30). You can also book an appointment with library staff or ask a question via JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . Alternatively, visit LibAnswers to find relevant information.


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Last updated: October 2016 by Helen Grieve
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