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Online Readers

Viewing

eBook Central can be viewed on all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Here is a quick video about downloading eBooks from the eBook Central online reader followed by a guide further down the page:

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Below you can see the facets that appear on the left hand side of the reader screen. These are great for finding specific pages and also for making and storing notes on the text.

eBook Central Facet Guide

Toolbar

On the toolbar you will find options for viewing and manipulating the book in the viewing pane including printing, citing, bookmarks and zoom functions

eBook Central Reader Toolbar

A useful feature of this reader is that Citations are included when you copy and paste text, and and also when you print pages and chapters to PDF.

Printing, Saving and Copying

You are allowed, under copyright law, to save or print a portion of an eBook and this allowance will vary from book to book. Content is usually saved in pdf format.

Downloading

In order to download a whole eBook to your PC/Laptop you will need Adobe Digital Editions installed on your device. This will provide you with an Adobe ID needed to download titles.

Get Adobe Digital Editions

To download to Android/iPad/iPhone you will need to get Bluefire Reader installed on your device.


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Please contact IT Support for help with installing Adobe Digital Editions to your BCU owned PC, laptop or device.

For a more detailed guide to the eBook Central Reader click here.

Viewing

EBSCOhost lets you view an eBook online in either EPUB or PDF formats in all major browsers. The key advantage of the PDF version is that it will let you make notes whereas the EPUB one will not.

However the EPUB version will resize to fit your screen so choose this format if you are viewing via your tablet/smartphone.

Here is a quick video to show you how to download an eBook via the EBSCOhost online reader. A visual guide to the online reader is below the video:

View video transcription

Below you can see the facets that appear on the left hand side of the reader screen. These are great for finding specific pages and also for making and storing notes on the text.

EBSCOhost Online Reader Facets

Toolbar

As well as the download button, on the toolbar you will find options to print, cite, share and save pages you view on the reader.

EBSCOhost Reader Toolbar

Printing, Saving and Copying

You are allowed, under copyright law, to save or print a portion of an eBook and this allowance will vary from book to book. Content is usually saved in pdf format.

Downloading

In order to download a whole eBook to your PC/Laptop you will need to create and sign into your own My EBSCOhost Account. You will be prompted to do this. You will also need install Adobe Digital Editions on your device. This will provide you with an Adobe ID needed to download titles.

Get Adobe Digital Editions

To download to Android/iPad/iPhone you will need to get Bluefire Reader installed on your device.   

                      Google Play Store icon                                       Apple App Store         

Please contact IT Support for help with installing Adobe Digital Editions to your BCU owned PC, laptop or device.

Viewing

VLe eBooks can be read online via all major browsers. The option to read online appears beneath the book cover image on the title page after you have clicked the eBook link in the Library Catalogue. Here is a quick video to show you how to download an eBook via VLe. There is also a brief guide below the video:

Below you can see the facets that appear on the left hand side of the reader screen. These are useful for finding specific pages and content and also making notes on the text.

VLe online reader facets

Toolbar

On the toolbar you will find options to print, cite, bookmark and share content that you view on the reader.

VLe Toolbar

Printing and Copying

You are allowed, under copyright law, to copy or print a portion of an eBook via Dawsonera and this allowance will vary from book to book.

Downloading

In order to download a whole eBook to your PC/Laptop you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your device. This will provide you with an Adobe ID needed to download titles.

Get Adobe Digital Editions

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To download to Android/iPad/iPhone you will need to get either ADE or Bluefire Reader installed on your device

                    Google Play Store icon                                        Apple App Store

Please contact IT Support for help with installing Adobe Digital Editions to your BCU owned PC, laptop or device.

For a more detailed guide to the VLe reader go here.

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Hello and welcome to the online ebook readers video ...

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series about EBSCOHost, Ebook Central and VL Ebooks.

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This video focuses on ProQuest's online reader: Ebook Central.

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You will learn how to access Ebook Central,

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search an ebook's content,

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add annotations,

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and cite and export text.

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The best way to find ebooks is to use Summon or search ...

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the Library catalog.

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To get more information about finding resources,

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follow the instructions on www.bcu.ac.uk/library/find-resources

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You can also go directly to Ebook Central website

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to consult the books you have annotated

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or added to your bookshelf.

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In your web browser, enter ...

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ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/bcu

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and add the page to your bookmarks.

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Your BCU credentials give you access to publishers ...

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websites like Ebook Central.

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Make sure to sign in on the Library website

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before accessing ebooks.

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In Ebook Central, the book details page ...

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provides lots of information about the book to help you ...

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decide whether to use it for your research.

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If you choose to work with a book,

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you can download the full book

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or individual chapters for offline viewing

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add the book to your bookshelf

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so you can return to it later.

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share a link to the book ...

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cite the book ...

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and read the book from your web browser

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without the need to download it first.

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Let's take a look at Ebook Central's reader interface.

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In the middle section, the viewer displays the pages.

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Use your mouse or swipe to scroll though the book.

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In the upper section

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the toolbar keeps useful buttons handy.

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The buttons are regrouped by function

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such as:

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Exporting

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annotating, ...

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viewing, ...

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and browsing.

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On the left hand side, you will find 4 panes: ...

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Book details,...

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Table of contents,...

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Annotations, ...

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and Search.

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When the reader opens, the chapter pane is selected by default

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Here you can browse by chapter or search directly into ...

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the book's text.

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The ability to search gives ebooks a clear advantage ...

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over the paper edition when it comes to scan a title's content.

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Enter keywords or a phrase in the search box.

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Remember to use quotation marks to search for a phrase.

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Then press return to display results in the search pane.

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The gauge next to the chapter headers indicates the ...

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matching rate for your search.

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Click the triangle to disclose matching pages within the same chapter.

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Matching words are highlighted in the text.

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Use the zoom buttons to fit the page and scan the entire page ...

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or fit the page width to read and scroll more comfortably.

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One of my favorite features in Ebook Central is the ability to ...

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annotate the book to remember ideas

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or mark relevant sections.

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Select the text you want to highlight then select a color in the tooltip.

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You can also save a comment or reminder in a note.

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Select the text then click the last icon in the tooltip.

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Write your notes and click save when you are done.

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To mark the page, click the icon in the toolbar or ...

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in the upper right corner of the page.

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All your annotations are automatically saved.

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Click on the star to reveal the Annotations pane...

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select an annotation to jump to the corresponding page ...

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or click the bin icon to delete it.

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Ebooks offer another major convenience over paper:

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you can cite, share and copy text to use ...

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directly in your favorite text editor.

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To generate a reference, click the speech bubble icon ...

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Then choose a citation format.

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There are multiple citation formats available,

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including Harvard.

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When using citation generators

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always check the citations offered to you

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to make sure they match the BCU format.

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The citation generated does not always match our standard.

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Consult the referencing guide ...

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in the Library resources page linked below for details.

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From here you can copy-paste to your references list

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or export your citation to your EndNote,

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Mendeley or Zotero account!

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To copy a paragraph

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just select the text you want to quote

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and click on the first icon in the tooltip.

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You will find other export functions in the toolbar,

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such as download the full book,

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download a chapter

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or print.

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Some options might be greyed out if not authorised

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or if you ran out of allowances.

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You can verify your allowances in the book details pane.

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Allowances vary from one book to another

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If you are not allowed to download the full book

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You may be able to print a chapter to PDF

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To close the reader and retun to the books details page,

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click the More ... link.

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This is it for now.

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In this video you have learned how to access

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search

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annotate

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and reference an ebook using ProQuest Ebook Central.

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Don't miss the other videos about the EBSCOHost

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And VL ebook readers in the video details.

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I hope you found this video useful.

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Please rate this video and leave a comment

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so the Library can better support you in your studies and research.

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Thank you for watching and have a great day.
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Hello and welcome to the online e-book readers video series

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about Ebook Central, EBSCOHost and VL Ebooks.

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This video focuses on EBSCO Host.

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You will learn how to access EBSCO Host,

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search an e-book's content,

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add annotations,

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and cite and save text from an ebook.

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The best way to find ebooks is to search using the Library website.

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Make sure to sign in on the Library website before ...

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accessing ebooks.

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To get more information about finding resources,

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follow the instructions on www.bcu.ac.uk/library/find-resources

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From the search results page

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click the full text online link to open the ebook.

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If you haven't signed in already

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you will be prompted to enter your BCU credentials.

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When you select an ebook title,

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EBSCO Host displays a detailed record page including ...

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bibliographic information and the publishers permissions.

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These permissions determine your allowances to save,

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copy or download a book.

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In the right column

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you find the buttons to add the eBook to your folder

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print

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email

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save

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cite

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export

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take notes

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and get the direct link to the book's details page.

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On the left column you find the links to scroll down

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to the table of contents

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and the links to view the full text online.

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Choose PDF over EPUB whenever possible.

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The online PDF viewer offers more viewing and navigation ...

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options than the EPUB viewer.

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Before opening the book and using the annotations ...

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functions, you should sign in with your EBSCO account.

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If you do not have an EBSCO account,

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you can create one on the sign-in page.

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After you signed in, the folder icon is open

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and your name shows in the upper right corner of the page.

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Your notes and saved books will now be saved ...

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automatically to your account.

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Click the PDF Full Text like to read the book

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right in your web browser.

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Let's take a glance at the online reader's interface.

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The top toolbar contains the cite and save functions

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as well as a dictionary.

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The bottom toolbar

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contains the navigation and zoom functions.

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On the left, the contents pane

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is selected by default.

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In the contents pane you can verify the publisher's permissions

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and navigate though the book using the table of content.

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For instance, this book's publisher

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allows you to save up to 60 pages.

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You can also download the whole book for offline viewing.

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However you cannot select or copy text from the book pages.

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The Search Within pane is a precise way to scan

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though the book using keywords.

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Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases.

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Your keywords or search phrase are highlighted in the text.

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You can sort the search results by relevancy

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or by order of appearance.

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In the results, you can see the number of matches

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at the end of each chapter header,

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section or page.

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Select a chapter or sections to reveal matching pages.

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The viewing option in the toolbar

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can help you adjust the zoom level

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depending if you want to scan the whole page

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or read more comfortably.

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The full screen mode is useful

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if you want to immerse yourself into the book

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or if you want to maximise the viewing area of your device.

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To jump to another page

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just type the page number in place of the current one.

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The annotation function is located under the My notes pane.

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Click the New Note button to type and save your comments.

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To edit a note, click on the text and select the pencil icon.

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Click the bin icon to delete a note.

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Ebooks offer another major convenience over paper:

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you can cite, save and export

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to your favourite notes app.

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Use the functions in the top toolbar to save a PDF to your computer,

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email a PDF,

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print,

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or save the PDF to a Google Drive.

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To save text to PDF, choose the current page,

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or a range within the remaining page limit.

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The email option includes a citation in the style of your choice.

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If you only need to cite the book,

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click the cite button and scroll to the desired style.

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Select the citation text

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then copy/paste to your favourite notes app or text editor.

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As you do, always check the citations

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offered by citation generators.

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Their format does not always match

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the style recommended at BCU.

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Consult the referencing guide in the Library resources page ...

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linked below for details.

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If you use an app to collect your references and citations,

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click the Export button to generate a file in the relevant format.

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The permalink button displays the direct link to the current page.

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If the publisher allows it,

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you can select the text to copy.

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If you cannot select the text,

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check the permissions in the contents pane.

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When pasting to another app,

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the citation might not use your desired style.

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You can specify your preferred citation style

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in the EBSCO Host preferences.

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Go to your folder page,

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then click the Preferences link in the top right corner.

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Here you can set the default format,

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along with other export settings.

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To return directly to EBSCO Host,

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use the EZProxy link below or in the video details.

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This is it for now.

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In this video you have learned how to access,

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search,

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annotate

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and reference an ebook using EBSCO Host.

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Don't miss the other videos about

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the Ebook Central and VL ebook readers in the video details.

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I hope you found this video useful.

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Please rate this video and leave a comment

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so the Library can better support you in your studies and research.

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