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eBooks on EBSCOhost - UT Southwestern FAQ

What is eBooks on EBSCOhost?

eBooks on EBSCOhost is an ebook collection that comprises over 50,000 full-text (largely non-medical) electronic books. These ebooks can be found using the library catalog, or from the ebook collection within EBSCOhost. Library users may choose to either read content from the collection while online or download ebooks from the collection to desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

What are the terms and conditions of my checkout?

  • Checkout periods may be as short as 1 day or as long as 14 days
  • Maximum number of simultaneous checkouts is 25
  • Hold requests may be active for 3 months before expiring
  • Up to 25 holds are allowed per user
  • Access to content expires automatically after the due date
  • To renew an item, you may checkout the item again if it is available

Downloading EBSCOhost ebooks to desktops and laptops

  1. To get started downloading content from the EBSCO ebook collection, you will need to do the following:
    1. Create an Adobe ID.
    2. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop or laptop.
  2. Navigate to the Find a book or ebook page, and click on the eBooks on EBSCOhost link. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the Sign In link to create your EBSCOhost account and sign in.
  3. Search for any titles that you wish. When you find a title that you would like to checkout, click on the Download Offline link.
  4. Select your checkout period and download the ebook.

Downloading EBSCOhost ebooks to mobile devices

  1. 1. To get started downloading content from the EBSCO ebook collection, you will need to do the following:
    1. Create an Adobe ID.
    2. Download the appropriate reader app for your device:
  2. Authorize your Adobe ID within the app.
  3. If you are on campus, sign in to the campus UTWPA2 network. If you are off campus, authenticate with EZProxy using your UT Southwestern ID and password.
  4. Navigate to the Find a book or ebook page, and tap on the eBooks on EBSCOhost link. In the upper right-hand corner, tap on the sign in link to create your EBSCOhost account and sign in.
  5. Search for any titles that you wish. When you find a title that you would like to checkout, tap on the Download Offline link.
  6. Select your checkout period and download the ebook.

What is needed in order to download ebook titles?

To get started downloading content from the EBSCO ebook collection, you will need the following:

  • Obtain an EBSCOhost account
    Navigate to the Find a book or ebook page, and tap on the eBooks on EBSCOhost link. Then, tap on the sign in link to create your EBSCOhost account and sign in.
  • An Adobe ID
  • Internet access
  • Adobe Digital Editions installed on your PC or Mac.
  • A free app installed on the mobile device or ereader on which you wish to access eBooks on EBSCOhost content.
  • Some ereaders and devices may require additional steps to download content.

Which ebook readers can be used with EBSCOhost ebooks?

  • Sony eReader Touch Edition
  • Barnes and Noble Nook
  • All ebook readers that support the Adobe ebook DRM.

A full list is available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/devices

Adobe Digital Editions will not install on my computer. What are my options?

Try the manual download option. Instructions are available at the Adobe site for Windows and Mac users: http://helpx.adobe.com/digital-editions/kb/cant-install-digital-editions.html

Do I have to use Adobe Digital Editions to read ebooks from EBSCOhost?

You can read them in the web browser. Downloading a book for offline reading requires Adobe Digital Editions, or an app that works with Adobe Digital Editions.

Can I use Junos Pulse to download ebooks from EBSCOhost for my tablet/mobile device/ereader?

No. You need to use the UTWPA2 wireless network.

I'm using Firefox Beta on an Android device connected via UTWPA2. I go to the Library web site and click on Electronic Books then eBooks on EBSCOhost. I get a "cannot connect to site" error. I get the same error with other Library resources.

When using Firefox Beta and connecting to UTWPA2 proxy settings must be defined in the browser setup. Even if proxy information was included in the UTWPA2 wi-fi setup, Firefox Beta will not use them. To get started downloading content from the EBSCO ebook collection, you will need to do the following:

  1. In the Firefox beta address box, type "about:config" and press Go.
  2. In the Search Settings box, type proxy and press the magnifying glass button.
  3. Scroll down to "network.proxy.http" and click Modify. Type "proxy.swmed.edu" and press OK.
  4. Scroll to "network.proxy.http_port" and click Modify. Type "3128" and press OK.
  5. Scroll to "network.proxy.type" and click Modify. Type "1" and press OK.
You should now be able to download ebooks on EBSCOhost.
Note: When not connected to utwpa2, the "network.proxy.type" must be set to "0".

Do I have to return an ebook when I am done reading?

No. It will automatically expire after the checkout period has passed.

I received an email indicating that an ebook I put on hold is now available. What happens next?

Log into EBSCOhost and download the ebook from the My Checkouts folder.

I would like to read an ebook I had previously downloaded. The ebook won't open on my computer/tablet/mobile device/ereader. What now?

The checkout period has expired. Log into EBSCOhost, locate the ebook, and download a new copy.

I am experiencing problems with downloading EBSCO ebooks to my device. What should I do?

If you should experience any difficulty with completing this process, please direct your questions to liberesources@utsouthwestern.edu.