eBooks

Finding eBooks

You can search for most eBooks using Library Search.

To limit search results to eBooks and eBook chapters, use the 'Full Text Online' and 'Books' filters to the right of the search results screen.

Using eBooks

You can access and read eBooks on all your devices. IT Services provide advice and support for mobile technology (smartphones and tablets).

Copyright restrictions

eBooks are protected by copyright law in the same way as printed books.

Publishers and copyright owners determine how much of an eBook you can print, copy or download as summarised below.

Askews & Holts

Printing and copying

Askews & Holts' online guidance provides instructions and advice on how to use features such as notes, copy selection and printing.

Print, copy and download permissions may vary from collection to collection depending on the sensitivity and rights available for the content. The print function is limited to a certain number of pages for security and depends on the maximum number of pages allowed by that title.

Some Askews & Holts eBooks have restricted access. This means only a limited number of people (usually a single user) can use the eBook at any one time. When the limit of users is reached, you can place a reservation. You can do this on up to five items at any one time. You will join a queue for each item and you will receive email notification when the book is available for you. You will need to activate your reservation within 24 hours of notification.

Downloading

Users can download books, though download permissions may vary from collection to collection depending on the sensitivity and rights available for the Content. Copyright law is still applicable. The Askews & Holts online download guidance offers advice and instruction on viewing your downloaded content.

Please only download the eBook for the number of days that you actually need it for. One credit is used per day. After download the book cannot be kept forever - access will be denied after the selected number of days. However the eBook can be re-downloaded as often as required.

Askews & Holts eBooks are made available with an annual credit limit. If the number of credits run out, the eBook may become unavailable for a short time while the library purchases additional credits.

Cambridge Companions Online and Cambridge Books Online

Printing and copying

Users may access, search and view individual chapters for personal use only. Print, copy and download permissions may vary from collection to collection depending on the sensitivity and rights available for the content. Unless otherwise stated in the Terms of Use, users may make copies, printed or otherwise, of one chapter or up to 5% of the pages from each Cambridge Companions Online title, whichever is greater.

Downloading

Not protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Users can download chapter by chapter, though download permissions may vary from collection to collection depending on the sensitivity and rights available for the Content. Copyright law is still applicable

CRCnetBASE (Taylor & Francis)

Printing and copying

Not protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Users can print and copy chapter by chapter. Copyright law is still applicable.

Downloading

Not protected by DRM. Users can download chapter by chapter. Copyright law is still applicable.

dawsonera

Printing and copying

The dawsonera online reader guide PDF, 781kB provides instruction and advice on how to use features such as notes, copy selection, and printing.

In line with the 'fair dealing' rules of copyright protection, a reader may print 5% of the book and copy 5% of the text - but no more than that. The user will be informed of how many pages are left to print or copy.

If you download the book, you cannot print from the download. You can only print when using the online reader.

Please note: if you click on 'preview' to look at a section before printing, you will not be able to print the pages that you have previewed as the system thinks you have already printed them. Previewing also takes pages off your printing allowance (without allowing you to actually print the previewed pages).

dawsonera eBooks are made available with an annual credit limit. If the number of credits is exhausted then the eBook may become unavailable for a short time while the library purchases additional credits.

Some dawsonera eBooks have restricted access. This means only a limited number of people (usually one to three) can use the eBook at any one time. When the limit of users is reached, you can add yourself to the queue. This reserves the book, and you will receive an email notification when the book is available for you. You then have 12 hours in which to open the eBook before you are placed at the back of the queue again. Once you have opened the eBook, you will be able to access it for a maximum of 24 hours if others are in the queue.

Downloading

Most dawsonera eBooks can be downloaded to devices or memory sticks for 1 - 7 days. Please see the download instructions:

There is currently a technical problem between Adobe and Apple meaning that dawsonera eBooks cannot be downloaded onto an Apple device. This is being worked on and there should be a solution shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Due to publisher restrictions, dawsonera eBooks that are published by Pearson Education may only be read online and are not available for download.

Please only download the eBook for the number of days that you actually need it for. One credit is used per day. After download the book cannot be kept forever - access will be denied after the selected number of days. However the eBook can be re-downloaded as often as required.

dawsonera eBooks are made available with an annual credit limit. If the number of credits run out, the eBook may become unavailable for a short time while the library purchases additional credits.

Known issues

If using Google Chrome you might see the following message when trying to download a dawsonera eBook: 'Failed to load PDF document'. This problem relates to a change in the plug-in setup for Google Chrome where the browser is attempting to open the PDF file within the browser itself, as opposed to a software application such as Adobe Reader. If this happens you have three options:

  1. Use another browser such as Internet Explorer where this problem does not occur.
  2. Having downloaded the eBook, open your 'Downloads' folder on your PC or laptop, locate the PDF file, right-click on it, choose 'Open With' and select Adobe Reader (or other PDF file reader software application) from the list of programs.
  3. Disable Chrome PDF viewer. In order to do this, Open Chrome, type chrome://plugins into the address bar and press enter. Once the window opens you will see a list of Chrome plugins. Click on 'Disable' under the heading Chrome PDF Viewer. Then close and reopen Chrome.

Elsevier Elibrary

Printing, copying and downloading

Please see this video tutorial for instructions.

MyiLibrary

Printing and copying

Users can print chapters, sections or pages for use in research within the copyright restrictions of the title.

MyiLibrary eBooks are subject to concurrency limitations and in certain circumstances the MyiLibrary system may stop you from gaining access while other members of the University are using the same book. On these occasions you may need to return to the eBook at a later time.

Downloading

Publishers and copyright owners determine how much of any particular eBook can be copied or printed. Your eBook may also be displayed page by page. In order to protect the copyright holder's content, users cannot save the entire eBook in one go.

MyiLibrary eBooks are subject to concurrency limitations and in certain circumstances the MyiLibrary system may prevent you from gaining access while other members of the University are using the same book. On these occasions you may need to return to the eBook at a later time.

Some MyiLibrary eBooks are EPUB titles and not available for online reading. For further information please see Using 'My Account' in MyiLibrary (PDF, 1,777kB).

Oxford Scholarship Online

Printing and copying

Users can print up to a single chapter from each Oxford Scholarship Online title, or up to 5% of the pages of any title, whichever is greater.

Downloading

Users can download an individual chapter from each Oxford Scholarship Online title, or up to 5% of the pages of any title, whichever is greater.

ScienceDirect

Printing and copying

Users may print content from the website for their own personal, non-commercial use, provided that they keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.

Users may not engage in systematic retrieval of content from the website to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without prior written permission from Elsevier.

Downloading

Users may download content from the website for their own personal, non-commercial use, provided that they keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.

Users may not engage in systematic retrieval of content from the website to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without prior written permission from Elsevier.

Printing and copying

Not protected by DRM. Users can print chapter by chapter. Copyright law is still applicable.

Downloading

Not protected by DRM. Users can download chapter by chapter. Copyright law is still applicable.

Contacts

For help or advice on accessing electronic resources, please email:
e-library@bristol.ac.uk

For subject-specific help, please contact your subject librarian.

For technical help, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Suggest an eBook purchase

If there is an eBook you would like us to buy, please fill out the form. Please be aware that not all printed books are available as eBooks.

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