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Scholarly eBooks: eBook Central

Ebook Databases listed along with a description of each, how to access, and tutorials of how to use

What is Ebook Central?

Wide range of subject areas:  Arts, Business, Law, Science, Literature&Language, History, Political Science, Education, Religion, Philosophy, Health, Medicine & Social Sciences

Largest eBook Collection at Trexler Library:  Over 185,000 titles

Benefits: Use to quickly and easily find relevant ebooks on campus or off campus!  Be sure to create an account and sign in so that you can research within the ebook, highlight, take notes and bookmark pages. You can also share your research with others, download ebooks and chapters to your laptop or mobile device

How do I Sign in?

Do I need a Personal Account?

An Ebook Central account is required to download ebooks for offline reading, save or print a greater percentage pages as PDFs, or to use the Bookshelf.



1.Check your firewall settings when having download issues.   This is one of the main reasons users have trouble downloading books.  

2.On iOS and Android devices, we recommend to use the Adobe Digital Editions app, which is free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can use other reader apps as long as they are able to handle the Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management). Search in the app store of your choice for e.g. 'adobe drm reader' or just 'adobe drm' to get a list of potentially suitable apps.

3.Different browsers can have different response rates when downloading materials from ProQuest Ebook Central - If you are having issues with one browser, try another (i.e. if Internet Explorer or Google Chrome is giving you issues, try using Firefox, etc.)

4.ProQuest Ebook Central "Plug-in Reader"- The ProQuest Ebook Central "Plug-in Reader" no longer works with newer versions of Firefox and IE. Instead, ProQuest is recommending that users utilize the Unity Reader and Quickview options.

5.Bookshelf -Make sure you are signed into ProQuest Ebook Central to use the bookshelf tool. This will allow you to create and save highlights and notes in texts, organize books in folders, and share your library with others.

6. Remember to Export your citation! 


Where can I learn how to use Ebook Central?

Simple Search

It’s easy to begin a new search from wherever you are in Ebook Central. Just look for the Search box at the top of the page, or the Search link in the global navigation.

The image below shows an example of search results. 

The keyword is highlighted in the search results, and there’s a short description to give you a bit more information about the book, including whether it is currently “Available” or “In use.”

You can refine your searching by using search filters such as Year Published, Subject, Language, and Author.

DRM-free Titles

DRM-free titles are available without download, print or copy/paste restrictions, and they’re accessible on (and transferrable between) any personal device that supports PDF or EPUB, from laptops to tablets to Kindles,

Discover DRM-free content faster and easier on Ebook Central in three steps if you are already in PRoquest Ebook Central:

  1. Open advanced search
  2. Filter by book status
  3. Select "Unlimited Copy, Print & Download"


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