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The Colgate University Libraries e-book collection has been growing since 2001 and there are at least 355,919 titles in our collection. E-books are conveniently accessible “anytime and anywhere” (even when you are off campus) and in many cases are available to multiple users at the same time.    Most of these titles are listed in our online catalog. After conducting a keyword search in the online catalog, look for an option on the left to refine your search by  a collection called “online resources”.

This guide focuses on collections of ebooks rather than individual titles.

General collections of ebooks
Collections Accessible Only to Colgate

ebrary Academic Complete Restricted Access Some full text available
The Academic Complete collection from ebrary consists of over 80,000 full text scholarly ebooks.   There are no limits on simultaneous use which will allow faculty to link to the titles for course reserves.  Users can download many of the books on to ereaders including Ipads, Iphones and other devices supporting Adobe Digital Editions for up to 14 days.

Ebsco eBook Collection Restricted Access Some full text available
Provides access to a variety of eBooks accessible to Colgate. Most of these titles are shared with users at other libraries and only one user at a time may use a title.  If you encounter a title which indicates it is in use, you can request a hold and be notified when the title is available.

ConnectNY EBL EBooks collection (May 2012--  ) More than 10,000 records for ebooks have been loaded into our local catalog and are ready for your use.  To see all the titles in the collection do an author search for “Ebooks Corporation”.  A thorough description of the publishers included and FAQ document is available here.

EBL Quick Reference Guide Unrestricted Access
A quick reference guide and instructions for downloading books on to your mobile device.

ConnectNY MyiLibrary Ebook Collection:  Selected 2009 and 2010 imprints from Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, and Palgrave.  To find what titles are in the collection search "MyiLIbrary" in our online catalog.

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General Collection freely available on the internet

Hathi Trust Digital Library Unrestricted Access Some full text available
HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. As of April 2011, HathiTrust has digitized over 8.5 million volumes, only 26% of which are public domain (published prior to 1923).  48% of the total collection is in the English language and the rest come from a wide variety of foreign languages.

DOAB : Direcotry of Open Access Books - a searcahble index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an open access business model.

Internet Archive Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
The Internet Archive is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Project Gutenberg Unrestricted Access Some full text available
As of November 2012, Project Gutenberg claimed over 40,000 items in its collection. Most are in the public domain

Google Books Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them. Many of the works have only selective content, however, with no links back to library owned content.

European Library Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
The European Library is a new discovery service that provides access to the collections of the national libraries of 46 European countries, plus a growing number of research libraries. Content accessible from the new service includes rare books, manuscripts, images, and video. The service allows users to cross-search 200 million records, covering more than 24 million pages of full-text information and more than 7 million digital objects. [from their web page]

Manuscriptorium Unrestricted Access Some full text available
"Manuscriptorium is a freely accessible digital library which enables ready access to concentrated information on historical resources via sophisticated search tools. The objective of the project is to provide access to existing digital content via integrated tools in order to make it as readily accessible as possible. The digital library therefore aggregates documents from many renowned institutions, extending beyond the countries of the European Union.

Our services are used in their work by researchers in cultural and historical institutions, students, teachers and last not least by enthusiastic members of the public. Manuscriptorium offers all these users the most straightforward means of acquiring information about a physical document or of directly viewing a digital copy of a document."

E-Reference Collections
Gale Virtual Reference Center (Gale Group) Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Artemis Literary Sources Restricted Access Some full text available
Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale's literary databases together in a new digital environment that allows researchers to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Cambridge Companions Online Restricted Access Some full text available
The Complete Cambridge Companions is an excellent source for background material in a variety of subjects.  There are three sub-collections : the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics, the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture, and the Companions in Music. 

Cambridge Histories Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Currently the collection contains more than 258 digitized volumes  from the esteemed Cambridge Histories series covering 15 subject areas. Useful for locating background information in almost any subject in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

Gale Virtual Reference Center (Gale Group) Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Oxford African American Studies Center Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

Oxford Art Online Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
Coverage: current. Grove Art Online has been relaunched as Oxford Art Online. Provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, also offering thumbnail art images, line drawings, and extensive image links.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
Brings together the best current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. Encompassing over 3,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Quranic materials, primary sources, images, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience.

Oxford Music Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: current. Includes the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove's), the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music. Also contains musical examples available in sound and notated examples, links to sound examples via Classical Music Library and DRAM, and links to music bibliographies in the RILM database.

Sage eReference books

ABC-Clio eReference books


Historical Collections
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Access Some full text available
covers: 1478-1700. Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of millions of pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. . It delivers every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series I, Evans 1639-1800 Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1639-1800. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, this has been hailed as a definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker 1801-1819 Restricted Access Some full text available
Provides a comprehensive set of American imprints published in the early part of the 19th century, including many state papers and early government materials which chronicle the political and geographic growth of the developing American nation.

Rotunda`s American Founding Era Restricted Access Some full text available
These digital editions of the papers of many of the major figures of the early republic are presented in a fully searchable and interoperable online environment.  Also included is the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

Humanities
Humanities eBook Project Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A digital collection of full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Previously was titled History eBook Project and all materials in that collection are in the Humanites eBook collection.

Literature Online [LION] Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1920-present. A library of works of English and American poetry, drama and prose; literature journals and other criticism and reference sources.

Shakespeare Collection: Featuring The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 16th century-present. A collection of authoritative materials including the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images, and reference.

Women Writers Project Restricted Access Some full text available
Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English, published by the Brown University Women Writers Project. It includes full transcriptions of texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible. It includes Renaissance Women Online which is comprised of over 100 texts.

Science & Technology collections
Books24x7 (ITPRO) Restricted Access Some full text available
Full text ebooks on networking, programming languages, desktop and office applications, the Web, computer hardware and software, databases and other information technology topics. To access these books you are required to register for a free account.  Click here for a virtual tour.
Social Science Collections
Cambridge Histories Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Currently the collection contains more than 258 digitized volumes  from the esteemed Cambridge Histories series covering 15 subject areas. Useful for locating background information in almost any subject in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

OECD iLibrary Books Papers and Statistics Restricted Access Some full text available
1998+    The OECD iLibrary contains books, articles, and statistics on international economics.  In addition to the data, it contains analysis.  Users can browse by theme or country.  One can perfom searches across all the content or restrict searches to specific content - e.g. just statistical data.  The resource also provides a number of tools to allow users to reformat the data and create charts.


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