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E-book platform comparison chart

 E-book Comparisons ProQuest Ebook Central EbscoHost ebooks logo MyiLibrary logo

Scholars Portal Books logo

Content

ProQuest Ebook Central collects relevant and recent titles across all academic and professional subjects. ProQuest Ebook Central features nearly 350,000 titles from hundreds of academic publishers.

EBSCOhost e-book collection platform contains titles in a variety of subjects in humanities, social science, and science field, as well as children and young adult fiction titles.

Myilibrary offers library users access to topical and current
e-books in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Scholars Portal Books contain commercial
e-books, and open access texts. The texts are scanned and digitized for online reading and downloading by the Open Content Alliance in partnership with the
Internet Archive.

E-book
collection catalogues

ProQuest Ebook Central

EBSCOhost e-books collection

Myilibrary

Scholars Portal Books

Account information

Sign into ProQuest Ebook Central with your Western Identity username and password

Create an account to download
e-books from EBSCOhost and to use the special features and tools.

Create an account to download
 e-books from Myilibrary and to use the special features and tools.

Create an account to use the special features and tools. An account is not required to download
e-books..

Features
&
Tools

 

Email PDF pages for printing later.

Save searches, notes, and create RSS feeds.or new title alerts.

Use the 'Cite' icon to access citation information in common citation formats.

Export citations directly to RefWorks, EndNotes, Zotero, and ProCite.

Save searches, notes and bookmarks.

Export citations to RefWorks or EndNote.

Use the 'Citation' tab to view and print citation information in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard or Vancouver style.

Save highlighted sections, notes, and bookmarks*

Export citations directly to RefWorks, EndNote or WizFolio account

*Highlighted sections and notes will not be saved from downloadable
e-books. 

Software Requirements for reading
e-books
Online 

  • Use any browser
  • No plug-ins  required  for browser-based online viewer.
  • Use any browser
  • No plug-ins  required  for browser-based online viewer
  • Use any  browser
  • No plug-ins  required  for browser-based online viewer

Note: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater is optimized to use with Myilibrary. Other browsers may cause difficulties, switch to IE.

  •  Use any browser
  • No plug-ins  required  for browser-based online viewer

Export to PDF


 Printing

 

Printing Limits

Print or download in PDF a limited number of pages per e-book (usually 10%-20% of the book)

OR

For items labeled "Available for Full Download", download the entire book for 7 days.

 

Print or download in PDF limited number of pages per e-book, as determined by the publisher (usually 10%-20% of the book).

             OR

For items with 'Download (Offline)' icon, download entire book for 14 days.

Print or download  limited number of pages into PDF file, as determined by the publisher (approx. 30 pages for printing, and 10 pages for downloading) without creating an account.

                OR

For titles with the 'Add to Bookshelf' option, after installing Adobe Digital Editions, download the entire
e-book for 14 days

Print or download limited number of pages into PDF file (usually 20% or up to 40 pages, whichever is greater).

For 'Read Only' e-books:

The download icon, at the top of the page,  allows downloads of a chapter into PDF file.

If no download icon click on Export to PDF , bottom of the e-book, to save pages as PDF file.

For Downloadable e-books:

Refer to Scholars Portal Navigating Adobe Content Server Books guide for information on how to copy or print.

What can be downloaded


For how long

Can view for 10 minutes then must borrow.

Non-linear Lending:
no restriction, 1-3 days

Textbook:
3 viewers at a time.

Single user select:
1-5 days

Multi-user:
1-14 days.

Single user license:
no downloads, no holds

Multi-user license
up to 3 users at once

7 days and holds.

Download for offline reading Software Requirements

Before you begin:

Mac users need Adobe PDF plug-in.

Before you begin:

Mac users need Adobe PDF plug-in.

There is an EBSCOhost app for iOS and Android devices.

Before you begin:

Mac users need  Adobe PDF plug-in.

 

For downloadable titles marked Borrow this book:

Mac users need Adobe PDF plug-in.

Refer to Scholars Portal Navigating Adobe Content Server Books guide for more information.

Compatible Devices

Any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions.

Any mobile app that supports  Adobe Digital Editions, e.g.: Bluefire Reader, Aldiko.
 Any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions.

Any mobile app that supports  Adobe Digital Editions, e.g.: Bluefire Reader, Aldiko.
 Any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions.

Any mobile app that supports  Adobe Digital Editions, e.g.: Bluefire Reader, Aldiko.
 Any device that supports Adobe Digital Editions.

Any mobile app that supports  Adobe Digital Editions, e.g.: Bluefire Reader, Aldiko.

How to Return

Use the Check-in function within Adobe Reader.

  • Open Adobe Digital Editons
  • Place cursor on ebook you want to return.
  • Click arrow, top left corner
  • Click Return Borrowed Item
  • Click to confirm.

Cannot return early

How to Place a  hold

Not Available

When an EBSCOhost e-book is in use message appears that the book is in use, how many people in the queue and asks for an e-mail address. When the e-book is available, you are notified. The e-book will appear in the checkouts area of your  folder where it is held for 72 hours.

Only available for multiuser (downloadable)
 e-books .

When a MyiLibrary e-book is in use a message appears indicating the book is being viewed.  You  must close and re-open the book to see when it is available.

To place a hold and to recieve an email when it is available, search the title from the MyiLibrary’s collection page . Place a Hold in the MyiLibrary record. You are informed of the number of people in the hold queue and sent an email when the title is available.

E-books are held for 48 hours. There is a limit to ten holds per patron.

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Guide

 Not Available

 EBSCO Support

MyiLibrary User Guide

Scholars Portal Books Guide