Using eBooks in ADF SEARCH: FAQs
An eBook is a book in a digital format. It is available online, almost anywhere there is internet access, and on most devices.
They are quick and convenient, but work in much the same way as normal library books. You borrow them out, have to return them and only one person can borrow them at a time.
ADF SEARCH provides access via EBSCO to a range of eBooks dealing with the psychosocial aspects of alcohol and other drug use. Topics include new psychoactive substances, treatment, dependence, and drugs in sport, among others.
All eBooks are in an encoded PDF format, meaning that they require specific software and apps to be read.
There are a few ways you can find eBooks.
You can browse our EBSCO eBook collection directly or find eBooks using ADF SEARCH.
Another way to find eBooks is that when you are doing a search in ADF SEARCH, if any eBooks are relevant to what you're searching for, they will be included in the results list. You can identify them by the icon next to the item that says eBooks.
Otherwise, when you do a search, you can refine the search to show only eBooks by clicking the 'eBooks' option under the 'Resource Type' option in the list of 'Refine My Results' options on the left side of the search results page.
You can read eBooks in a number of ways – on your computer, tablet or smartphone (both Apple and Android) or ereader (the only exception being a Kindle).
The type of software you need depends on which method you want to use to read your eBook. For all methods, you will need to have an Adobe ID, which you can set up for free on the Adobe website.
For your computer or eReader, you will need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions onto your PC.
For Apple and Android products, you will need to download the Bluefire Reader app from the App Store.
While seemingly inconvenient, having an account with EBSCO actually opens up a range of options to the eBook user, including the ability to save titles, makes notes within eBooks and to email PDFs of pages to yourself. It also allows you to place holds on items if an item is currently 'borrowed' by another member.
If you run into any problems with signing up to EBSCO, follow their instructions on creating an EBSCOhost account.
Copyright applies to eBooks too.
Copying is possible, within limits, from some titles in EBSCO, but not all titles will allow this option.
To print from an opened eBook, click the print icon from the tools on the right hand side of the page, and the print limit will be displayed.
The majority of the eBooks in the collection can be downloaded to either your computer or device. When downloading to a tablet or smartphone, it is advised that you access the eBook platform through the browser on your device, as it is difficult to transfer from your PC to a tablet or smartphone. Transferring to an eBook reader is relatively easy.
Downloading eBooks is another way of describing how you borrow eBooks. In some ways it's similar to checking out a library book – there's a specific length of time you can borrow it for and only one person can use it at a time.
By 'borrowing' or 'downloading' an eBook, you are making it available for you to read when you're offline, for a certain period of time. The maximum period of time is 10 days, but you can choose any number of days between 1 and 10, depending on your needs.
Yes you can. There are different methods for returning the item depending on which app you're using to read the eBook – Adobe Digital Editions or the Bluefire app.
In the Bluefire app, go to the options for each eBook and select the 'return' option.
In Adobe Digital Editions, simply right-click on the item where it sits on the bookshelf and select the 'Return Borrowed Item' option.
As the item is returned in the system automatically, you cannot renew in the conventional sense. You will have to return to the EBSCO platform and loan the book out again.
If someone else has put a hold on the item, you won't be able to renew it but you can add your name to the queue.
Yes you can.
When placing a hold, the eBook or audiobook appears in the Holds area of your personal My EBSCOhost folder. When it becomes available, you are notified via the email you provided when you placed the hold, and the item is moved to the Checkouts area of your personal folder for downloading.
A lot of tablets and smartphones are not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions making transfer of eBooks from your PC to your device difficult.
The easiest solution to this problem is to access ADF SEARCH or the eBook platform on your tablet or smartphone and directly download to your device. Once the device is set up, the process is automated, as the platform and Bluefire app will talk to one another, making download and access simple.
Yes, you can.
Once you have checked out an item, you can download it to whichever device you want to read it on, as many times as you need, until that loan expires.
For example, you could download to your computer and transfer to an eReader using Adobe Digital Editions. Then if you want to read the item on your tablet, you could access the EBSCO platform on your tablet's browser, access your account and download it again directly to your tablet.
There are some great online tutorials and helpers that EBSCO, our provider, has developed.
Contact our library if you're experiencing any problems.
Last updated: 4 May 2016