Browse directly from an ebook information provider

You can navigate to a ebook information provider (also referred to as a database or platform) and browse by their collections. This can be useful because some providers, such as STAT!Ref, are focused exclusively on the health sciences and because functionality within the interfaces may vary. For example, the ability for citation export (EndNote, Mendeley, etc.), printing of full pages or chapters, downloading to PDF, and making annotations with in the platform will vary among the providers.

Each information provider platform may have additional search options to narrow your search. For example, ScienceDirect has an advanced search tab that is configured to search only ebooks while the general search includes journals and images.

Columbia University Libraries also provides access to information providers focused on other disciplines, such as the humanities, information technology, and engineering. 

Search CLIO

From the Basic Search page limit to 'all electronic resources' and enter a keyword, author or title. This will also return ejournals and databases as well as items with CD-ROMS. To return only eBooks use the Advanced Search tab. 

Screenshot of CLIO search with 'All Electronic Resources' selected

On the Advanced Search page select the 'Book' format and '_Online' as a location.

Screenshot of CLIO search with 'Book' and '_Online' selected

Access problems

Because of licensing contracts only a limited number of simultaneous users are allowed for many of our ebooks. If there are too many users you will see a message such as 'The title you have requested has reached its user limit for this subscription. Please try again later.' and typically you should be able to access the item after a short wait. However if you are receiving a different error message or are having continual access problems please contact the Reference Desk or submit a 'Report an E-Resource problem' form.