Finding and Using Ebooks with Ebrary


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In this tutorial, you will learn how to access ebooks using Ebrary.


 Use the arrows at the bottom of your screen to navigate this tutorial.

Search the Catalog

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

Your Turn:

  • Click the Advanced Search link
  • In the first search box, type romeo AND juliet
  • **Don't click Search yet**
  • Find the Format box under Add Limits (Optional)
  • Select E-Book
  • Click Search

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.

  • Click on An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view


Ebrary User Accounts

Welcome to Ebrary's QuickView Reader!

First, let's set up a user account.

Your Turn:

  • 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.

  • To start reading the book, click the Read Online button

You can use the 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.



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  • Scroll down to answer this question:

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



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The Page marker located on the toolbar allows you to jump to a certain page by entering in the number.

Your Turn:

  • Click the Page  link
  • Enter page 49


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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 .



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The Table of Contents (TOC) located to the left of the book can take you to any chapter.

Your Turn:

  • Under TOC, click An Essay by Harold Bloom.

What is the first line of this chapter?


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

Your Turn

  • Locate the search field above the Table of Contents
  • Type in light
  • Then click the search arrow

How many instances of the word "light" did you find?


2 of 4Each chapter that contains the word light is listed along with a status bar showing how frequent the word "light" shows up.

Which chapter is ranked highest for the search term light?


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The arrow next to the chapter title will show where the word is located.

Your Turn:

  • Click the arrow next to the chapter titled "Romeo and Juliet" so that it points down

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


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  • Scroll through the list of chapters to see other instances of the word "light"

How many times the word light occur on page 157?


Find Exact Phrase

In order to locate an exact phrase, you will need to place it in quotes.

  • Using the search box, search "Juliet is the Sun"
  • Click Search

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


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.

Ebrary allows you to highlight, annotate, and copy any passage.

Your Turn:

  • Click and drag the cursor through the line "But soft. What light through yonder window breaks."
  • Change the highlight color to pink.

Highlighting and Creating Notes

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You can also add a note to this highlight or copy it by clicking the sheet icons


Your Turn:

  • Drag the cursor over your highlighted passage.
  • Click the sheet icon with one page on it
  • Type a note about this passage
  • Click Save

This note will be saved on this passage and you will see it anytime you login to your account and access the book.


More Tools

1 of 2You top tools bar also contains a number of helpful icons.
  • Click on the print icon.

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


More Tools

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Ebrary also allows users to download content.

Use the download icons     to download a the entire book or a specific chapter


Follow the directions in the pop-up window to download content.

Searching Ebrary

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

Your Turn:

  • Click the Search link at the top navigation bar


  • In the search box, type in romeo and juliet.
  • Then click Search.

Approximately how many results did you get?

Searching Ebrary

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

Which of the following subject headings are NOT listed?

Using Bookshelf

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  • Select the box next to Criticism and Interpretation
  • Click Search

Now you should have around 400 results

  • Scroll through the results to find the book Spenser"s International Style
  • Click the Add to Bookshelf button

  • Click the Bookshelf link in the top navigation bar to see the books added to your shelf


Using Bookshelf

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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
  • Click Add Folder one more time

Just drag and drop any book into the folder to add it.


Using Bookshelf

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