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When accessed from an on-campus computer or through the campus wireless network, most e-books are available to all users. However, off-campus access requires a NetID login and is limited to students, staff, and faculty.
To find e-books, perform a search in the Library Catalog then check the box for Available Online and Filter By the Format Book . Each e-book’s catalog record includes a link to the full text.
UW Libraries subscribe to several dozen e-book databases. The content of each is represented in the Library Catalog. When considering whether to use the Library Catalog or to search in a specific database, note that some e-book databases have a tight topical focus. If your research is a match to the topical focus, it may be useful to search in that database instead of the Library Catalog. For a full list of e-book databases, click E-Book Collections.
For example: Bloomsbury Medieval Studies and Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels offer significantly different e-book choices.
Each database functions differently, though most share some common traits.
Most libraries are prohibited from sharing e-books with other libraries, so services like Interlibrary Loan cannot provide e-books. Here are two alternative options to consider:
Google Books can provide access to e-books that are in the public domain.