EBOOKS AT THE LIBRARY
Accessing digital sources through the Library’s
THIS TUTORIAL WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO
ACCESS SEVERAL TYPES OF EBOOKS. YOU’LL SEE:
o Overdrive books from the Library’s catalog- mostly
current titles and leisure reading
o Collections of reference book articles provided by
publishers and eBook vendors
o Digital copies of some of the reference books that
are on the shelves in the Library
SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
You won't need an e-reader to access our eBooks.
If you have trouble accessing the eBooks, try using
Internet Explorer (not Firefox or any other browser).
eBooks allow you to use the Web for research
without worrying about the sources’ reliability.
You will need a Library barcode to access our
digital collection. Using your college email account
you can register for one here.
When you access our catalog, the Mcat, you will see a
link to download eBooks.
This is the link to access our network’s collection of
As you can see above, our network’s collection includes e-text as well
as sound recordings. So, you can read your eBook on your computer
or other device or you can listen to an audiobook on any device with
speakers. You might even listen to that book you haven’t had time to
read on your ipod as you commute.
Click on the Help for getting started with your device link for
HERE’S AN OVERDRIVE BOOK AS IT APPEARS IN THE
ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS SOFTWARE PROVIDED BY
REFERENCE BOOK ARTICLES AVAILABLE
THROUGH THE LIBRARY
The Library offers several databases of eBook articles
that are searchable by subject.
This tutorial will show two of them.
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY
When you need basic information on a subject, you
can access the Gale Virtual Reference Library from
the Library’s database page either alphabetically or
from the Subject List. Choose General from the list.
• Here’s a sample
search and the
beginning of the
entries will give
introduction to a
place to find
on a topic.
Find it by
• Gale Virtual Reference Library and Credo Reference provide
access to articles similar to those you would find on the
reference shelves in the Library; dictionaries, encyclopedias
and other very general sources.
• Next we will look at how students can access reference works
in specific subject areas using our eBook Research
and Help Guide.
Many of our reference books are purchased in both
print and digital forms.
• In order to provide easy access to them the Library provides a guide to
available eBooks that you can access here.
• Using your Massasoit barcode (you can get one here) access eBooks in
any of the subjects you see above.
All of the other tabs in this guide provide lists of titles from
different subject areas.
This is what you can find currently in the Arts section.
Becoming familiar with the Library’s homepage will
allow you to:
Register for your barcode (required for all online
Access at least 3 types of eBooks
Overdrive books; current fiction and nonfiction titles that
can be checked out for two weeks
Reference book entries from many dictionaries and
Entire eBooks from many areas of academic interest
Still not sure? Ask us.