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Ebooks: Using ProQuest Ebook Central

Using and finding ebooks at UC San Diego

Search the ProQuest Ebook Central collection.

Ebook Central support, plus a help menu within the Ebook Central reader.
Personal account required? An Ebook Central account is required to download ebooks for offline reading, save or print a greater percentage pages as PDFs, request access to ebooks in Ebook Central that are not part of our collection, or use the Bookshelf.
Online viewing? Browser-based reader. All major browsers supported.
Can more than one person use the same book? It depends on the book. Some books are limited to one user at a time, while other books may be available for 3 or more simultaneous users. That information will be the library catalog record and the ebook's detail page in Ebook Central.
How much time do you have with the book? Within the reader, you have the book until you close the browser, move to another book, or after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Save or print pages as a PDF?

You can save chapters or selected pages to download or print as a PDF. The daily download limit is usually 30% of the book, though some publishers may set lower percentages. Some publishers will allow you to make PDFs of as much as 40% of the book if you login to your Ebook Central account. Some publishers will not allow for any pages to be saved/downloaded. You can see the exact number under "Available for Online Reading" on the ebook's detail page.

  • In the Ebook Central reader, use Chapter Download or Print to PDF. If you cannot select "Current Chapter," enter the page range instead. Then save and/or print the PDF. You can also select a citation style, which will appear at the bottom of your pages.
Copy text? You can copy (text only, no images) up to 15% of the book, or up to 20% if you login to your Ebook Central account. The exact number of pages will be listed on the ebook's detail page, under "Available for Online Reading." Some publishers have set more restrictive limits. You can copy one page at a time, or selected text within a page.
Download for offline reading?

Yes, if you see "Available for Full Download" on the ebook's detail page.The checkout period varies from 1-3 days.

Instructions on downloading ebooks. Once you login you'll be prompted to select laptop/desktop, iOS, or Android for further instructions. You will also need Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader, along with an Adobe ID.

Place a hold on a book in use?

A book in use will appear as In Use in the search results and "Read Online" will be grayed out on the book's detail page. You cannot place a hold on a book in use. If you are waiting for a copy, you'll need to periodically refresh your browser to see if the book's status has changed.

If book has Available on request next to it, you can browse it for five minutes, then you will have the option to request that the library acquire this book. You'll need to have an Ebook Central account to make the request.

Export citations for ebooks? You can export citations into EndNote, then into Zotero if needed. EndNote exports can be opened in Zotero. Citation styles: APA, MLA, Vancouver, Harvard, and Chicago/Turabian
Create your own 'bookshelf' of viewed and saved titles? Yes, with an Ebook Central account. You can also organize your saved books into folder and share links to those folders with others at UC San Diego. More about the Bookshelf features.
Notetaking/annotations feature? Yes, with an Ebook Central account.
Highlight? Yes, with an Ebook Central account.
Bookmark and save links to ebooks? Yes, with an Ebook Central account.