The library purchases a lot of electronic books, or e-books. You can link through to these from the library website and read them online. You will also be able to download some books for a set time and read them on your own device.
These e-books are accessed through different database providers and have different restrictions on downloading and printing. When you are accessing an e-book and you want to know more information go to the information on the library website.
For further information, refer to the e-books library guide.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a good starting point when researching a topic as they provide definitions, explanations or general overviews. Below are links to some of the online reference resources.
Note, you can right-click on the title and select the "open link in new tab' option to view the reference book in a separate tab.
How to Use E-books Transcript
In this presentation you will see how to search for an e-book using the library website as well as where to find information about e-books such as how to print or download. E-books are books that can be accessed online 24/7, and can be read on computers and other mobile devices such as an iPad or iPhone. You can annotate the book, get a citation and share e-books easily. You can search for e-books on the VU library website by typing in a title, author or simply entering keywords. I have searched for the words ‘health AND exercise’ and then chosen the ‘books and e-books’ button and clicked on search.This page shows all the search results. To identify an electronic book, look for the format of the book indicating ‘e-book’. You can further refine your search to show e-books published in the last few years by selecting the date range and e-books option from the left hand side of the page. The e-books have been purchased from a number of different providers so there is some variation between e-book borrowing, downloading, printing, reading off-line, transferring between devices and setting up accounts. The library e-book page has information about these providers and help guides. To access e- book information, choose the option ‘Access e-books’ from the blue box titled ‘I want to’. Back to our Library search! Let’s have a look at the first book on the results page by clicking on the e-book link. Note that you might be asked to enter your student ID and library PIN. This particular book is provided by EBook Central. You can read the book online or download it to your PC or mobile device. Access to the downloaded copy of the book is only for a limited time period. Look at the e-book page on the Library website for further information. Once you have clicked on ‘Read online’, you will be able to read a chapter online, search within the book or print a limited number of pages. Create a loan if prompted by a message on the screen.This is how a page will appear when you are reading a chapter online. For further information, please feel free to contact us through ‘Ask a Librarian’ or ask a staff member if on campus.
How to find a print book at Footscray Park campus library
In this presentation you will see how to find a print book at Footscray Park campus library.
You can search for books on the library’s homepage by typing in a title, author or simply entering keywords.
Type in your key words. Choose ‘books and e-books’ button and search.
Scroll down the screen to the ‘Library branch’ heading and choose Footscray Park. The page will update.
A call number shows the location of the book on the shelf. This book is available to borrow. If the book is not available, you can place a hold.
For further information, please contact us through ‘Ask a Librarian’ service or talk to a rover or library staff member if on campus.