Imagine this: It’s 7:00 p.m. and you’re writing a paper that’s due at midnight. You need just one more source to support your amazing thesis. After searching IUCAT, our library catalog, you find a useful book, but sadly it’s at the Kokomo Campus Library and impossible to get until 3-5 days (a ’la Interlibrary Loan). Just when you are about to give up hope, you find THE PERFECT book but notice it’s an online resource. “What does that mean?” You wonder. “Can I access this from my house? Can I download it or even read it?” Good news, the answer to all the above is YES. IU has MANY electronic books available for easy access through IUCAT. You can read these books directly online, and often download PDF versions for printing or reading on your e-book reader. Oh, the wonders of technology!
How do you use these great sources? Here is a brief video showing how to access an E-book through IUCAT and how to get around three of the various e-book sources IU uses.
For descriptions, use limits, download options, and links for every E-book collection at IU visit the handy guide available here.
Finally, if you can’t get enough free e-books but are looking for something a little less scholarly, check out Project Gutenburg, an excellent source of over 40,000 e-books.