Finding and Using Ebooks with Ebrary

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to access ebooks using Ebrary. This ebook platform is a virtual library that allows users to browse and read thousands of books in digital form. You will learn how to:

  • Set up a user account
  • Navigate an ebook
  • Search for keywords within an ebook
  • Create notes
  • Browse Ebrary's collection
  • Organize notes and store e-books on your Ebrary Bookshelf

Use the arrows at the bottom of your screen to navigate this tutorial. Let's begin!

Search the Catalog

1 of 3In the webpage on the right, place your cursor over the Search & Find tab and select Library Catalog.

You are going to look for an ebook of the play Romeo and Juliet.

In the first keyword field, type in romeo and juliet.

Next, locate the Format: dropdown box near the bottom of the page and select EBOOK.

Click Submit.

Search the Catalog

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How many results did you get?

Search the Catalog

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Click on the title Romeo and Juliet [electronic resource] / William Shakespeare; fully annotated, with an introduction.

This will take you to the book's detailed record.

Locate the box with the header Click on the following to: and click the inside link.

This will take you to Ebrary.

Off Campus Users

Ebrary User Accounts

Welcome to Ebrary's QuickView Reader!

First, let's set up a user account. Click Sign In at the top right-hand corner of the page:

On the next page, click the link Create an account.

Enter your information into the fields provided and then click Create New Account.

When you are finished, click the QuickView tab to return to our ebook.


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Now that you’ve set up an account, let’s explore Ebrary's navigation tools.

You can use the Previous and Next Page arrows located directly above the book cover to flip through an e-book.

Click the Next Page arrow to flip forward until you arrive to the page titled About This Book.

Next look down at the bottom. Which page number are you on?


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You may also navigate an ebook by:

  • double-clicking the right-hand side of the page to go forward or
  • double-clicking the left-hand side to go back

Double-click the right-hand side to move forward one page.

What is the first line on the top of page x?


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You may need to adjust the page size to fit your viewing needs.

On the toolbar located directly above the page, click the Select page magnification button:

What is the highest magnification level offered by Ebrary?


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The search box located on the far right-hand side of the toolbar allows you to jump to a certain page by entering in the number.

If you don't see the search box, you may need to undock the guide by clicking the icon located right below the url bar:

This action undocks the guide and will allow you to see the search box.


Locate the search box, type 49 and click Enter.

NOTE: You might have to drag the pop-up box around in order to see page 49.


Which section of the play begins on page 49?

NOTE: There may be a discrepancy between the page number that appears at the bottom of the displayed ebook and the page number that appears in the search box located in the top right-hand section of QuickView. This is because Ebrary counts each page of a book, including the sections that contain Roman numerals.

Click the icon again to redock the guide:



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The Table of Contents (TOC) located on the right side of the screen displays the book chapters.

Clicking a chapter title will take you directly to that section of an ebook.

Under TOC, click An Essay by Harold Bloom.

What is the opening sentence of this chapter?


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Suppose you have to give a presentation for your English class about imagery of darkness and light.

Locate the search field under TOC:

Type in light. Then click Search Document.

The gray bars rank the chapters by number of occurrences of the search term light:


Which chapter is ranked highest for the search term light?


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The green magnifying glass takes you to the first occurrence of your search term within a particular chapter:


Click the magnifying glass next to Romeo and Juliet. You will find that the search term is automatically highlighted on the page.

Which of the following phrases contains the first reference to light in Romeo and Juliet?


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The Previous/Next Search Result arrows located on the toolbar allow you to scan through the book for other instances of your search term:

Click the Next Search Result button six times.

On this page, the reference to light is made by whom?


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Now suppose you remember the famous line "Juliet is the sun" and decide you'd like to include it in your presentation.

In the same search field, type in juliet is the sun. Then click Search Document.

Next, click the green magnifying glass next to the chapter Romeo and Juliet to find the first occurrence of your search term in the play.

Which of the following terms appear highlighted on the page?


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Click the Next Search Result button two times.

Which of the following terms appear highlighted on the first page of Act I?


Return to the search field and add quotes to your search: "juliet is the sun". Then click Search Document.

Next, click the green magnifying glass next to the chapter "Romeo and Juliet."

Where does the phrase Juliet is the sun appear in the play?



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Which of the following is FALSE about searching for the phrase "Juliet is the sun"?

Highlighting and Creating Notes

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You discover that Act 2, Scene 2 is full of references to light and decide to read it more closely for your presentation.

To highlight the passage, hover your mouse over "But soft." Click and drag the cursor down to line 15 at the bottom of the page, then release.

Next, click the dropdown button on the toolbar to select an Annotation Type:

This gives you the option to:

  • Highlight only
  • Highlight and make a note
  • Highlight and insert a hyperlink

Select the Highlight and make a note option () in the color of your choice. Then look at the displayed page.

What is the message inside the annotation box with the header Click OK to Save?

Enter some text in the annotation box, such as close reading and then click OK.

Next, click the Notes tab next to TOC:

You will find that ebrary has recorded 2 notes. What are they?

Highlighting and Creating Notes

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InfoTools is a set of utilities that provides additional functions and links to outside resources.

You need to print the beginning of Act 2, scene 2 for your presentation notes.

Click InfoTools located on the toolbar and select Print. A new window will appear in your browser.

What is the maximum number of pages you can print from this particular ebook?

Close the pop-up window when you are done.

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Ebrary also allows users to download content.

Click the Download button located above the TOC tab:

A new window will appear in your browser.

For how many days can you download an entire document in Adobe Digital Editions format?

Close the pop-up window when you are done.

Searching Ebrary

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You would like to find more ebooks about Romeo and Juliet for your presentation.

Click the Search tab next to QuickView located at the top left-hand part of the screen:

In the Simple Search field, type in romeo and juliet. Then click Search.

Approximately how many results did you get?

Look at the list of subject headings at the top of the screen.

Which of the following subject headings are not listed?

Searching Ebrary

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Select the box next to Stage History.

What do you think will happen to your search, now that you've set search parameters?

Searching Ebrary

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Click Search.

About how many results did you get?

Searching Ebrary

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Scroll through the results to find the book Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance.

Suppose you would like to save this ebook to read at a later time. Click the button Add to Bookshelf.

Next, click the Bookshelf tab at the top of the screen:

You will find Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance now appears on your Bookshelf.

You will also find that Romeo and Juliet has been added, along with the highlight and annotation.

Searching Ebrary

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Within your Bookshelf you can organize your books into folders.

Click the button Add Folder on the left-hand side of the screen.

In the text box type Romeo and Juliet Presentation and then click Add Folder one more time.

Next, hover your cursor over the cover of the e-book Romeo and Juliet. Click and drag the it over to the folder and release.

Do the same with Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance.

Now, click the folder Romeo and Juliet Presentation to open it. You will find that both ebooks are now stored inside.






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