About Electronic Books

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Thousands of books are now available to Chicago State University's faculty, staff, and students either via a library subscription or freely on a variety of web sites. These books have been digitized and can be read, downloaded or printed. Note: You will NOT find your textbooks or the latest fiction on these sites.

Reference Books

Credo Reference
CREDO logoCredo Reference is a 24/7 online reference library that provides access to a selection of over 400 reference books. Credo Reference includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. A current alphabetical list of all available titles can be found here.
URL: http://www.credoreference.com/advanced.do

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. In many cases, these are multi-volume reference works previously only available in a physical form in the library. Now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Chicago State has access to more than 40 titles. Featured titles include Contemporary Black Biography, a 71 volume biographical reference source and International Directory of Company Histories, a massive 93 volume encyclopedia of business history. A current alphabetical list of all available titles can be found here.
URL: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/uiuc_csu?db=gvrl

Chicago State University Fact Book
Contains information regarding the university, The CSU Fact Book provides data including tuition, fee, budgeting, enrollment, demographic, graduation, and productivity data.

eBooks Collection (EBSCO)
This ever expanding ebooks collection provides access to around 900 ebooks that the Chicago State University's Library subscribes to and covers a wide range of topics from the humanities to the sciences. To download books to your computer or mobile device, you must create an account by clicking on the "Sign In" link on the top-right corner of the screen and then clicking "Create a New Account." click here to access EBSCO collection.

ebrary (Proquest)
This growing collection currently contains around 40 electronic titles across difference disciples. click here to access ebrary collection.

Google book search
Working with many major universities, Google's Book Search offers differing levels of access. "If we've determined that a book is out of copyright, or the publisher or rightsholder has given us permission, you'll be able to page through the entire book from start to finish, as many times as you like. If the book is in the public domain, you'll also be able download, save and print a PDF version to read at your own pace". Although this promises to be a vast resource, many books are not available in full text format.
URL: http://books.google.com/ (Regular)
URL: http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search (Advanced)

HathiTrust Digital Library
This digital library consists of books (not all full text) that have been digitized by major research institutions and libraries. Many of the volumes are in the public domain and so are older works. URL: http://www.hathitrust.org/

Medical Collection (Springer)
The Springer Link collection of electronic books includes a large number of titles in the sciences. It contains articles, book chapters, and entire books in the fields of Computer Science (472), Engineering (125), Mathematics (75), and Life Sciences (2,420) to name a few. Full text is available from 2005-2010. Note: If you are interested in searching for only full text items available via CSU's subscription, make sure to deselect the "Include Preview-Only Content" box.click here to access springer collection.

Project Gutenburg
Project Gutenburg is the first and largest single collection of eBooks. As of August 2006, there are over 19,000 eBooks available, with an average of 400 more being added each month. They cannot publish any texts still in copyright without permission. This generally means that the texts are taken from books published pre-1923. You won't find the latest bestsellers or modern computer books here. You will find the classic books from the start of this century and previous centuries, from authors like Shakespeare, Poe, and Dante.
URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. In addition to text, this site provides access to audio, music and moving images.
URL: http://www.archive.org/details/texts

The Universal Digital Library
The mission is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic background.
URL: http://www.ulib.org/index.html

The University of Illinois Library Weblog
This blog provides access to the digitized book of the week as presented by the University of Illinois. The University is digitizing and contributing to the Internet Archive books and serials from its collections that focus on Illinois history, literature, and natural resources; rural life and agriculture; and railroad history and engineering. URL: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/digitizedbotw/

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