electronic book collections

electronic book collections

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Search here for e-books by keyword or author. You can also browse by title, author or subject.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference brings together information from over 100 reference books ranging from encyclopedias to bilingual dictionaries to chronologies to the Bible. You can search everything in the Credo Reference library, search only a specific subject, or search within a single title. Individual titles are also browsable.

ebrary Academic Complete(electronic books)

This collection of e-books includes approximately 47,000 titles in all academic subject areas. Search by title or author for specific books, or search by subject or keyword to find books on a specific topic. All of the e-books in this collection are available in full text.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

This is a good starting point for research on just about any topic. Use the articles and biographies here as overviews on a topic from which you can pull new keywords to build up your searches in more subject specific databases. This database also provides an educational video collection, historical timelines, country comparisons and a world atlas. The Gateway to the Classics feature provides full text access to a variety of short stories, letters, essays and plays.

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

The Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic field of curriculum studies for the scholar, student, teacher, and administrator. This two-volume set serves to inform and to introduce terms, events, documents, biographies, and concepts to assist the reader in understanding aspects of this rapidly changing, expansive, and contested field of study.

Encyclopedia of Education

Offers a complete view of the institutions, people, processes, roles, and philosophies in educational practice in the United States and throughout the world. Features biographies of influential educators; profiles of historic colleges and universities and of organizations active in the field; and an appendix of full text source documents, including education related legislation, international treaties, and testing methods. 8 volumes.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society covers the major theories, research, people, and issues in contemporary gender studies. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia is distinguished by a cross-national/cross-cultural perspective that provides comparative analyses of the life experiences of men and women around the world.

Encyclopedia of the New American Nation

A three-volume survey of the formative years of the United States, starting just prior to the American Revolution and ending with the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1829. Presents 671 alphabetically arranged entries focusing on the major political markers and milestones, as well as the art, music, literature and daily life, of this period. For secondary and college students, researchers, and general readers.

Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by the National Association of Social Workers in conjunction with Oxford University Press, The Encyclopedia of Social Work provides brief articles on and overviews of topics important to the social work field. Each article is cross-referenced and also includes a bibliography of primary sources and related scholarly works. Brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work are also provided. This resource is also available in print in our reference collection (Ref HV12 .E53 2008).

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia gives basic information about a variety of topics students may research. Some but not all of the articles contain pictures or graphics. The information in Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia is aimed at grade to middle school students.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This collection of ebooks offers reference titles in the subjects of business, education, environment, history, law, library science, medicine, nation and world, religion, science, social science, and technology.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This is an online dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary and (No Suggestions) dictionary. Many entries contain pictures or graphics, and many also have the option of playing the word aloud for correct pronunciation. Merriam-Webster Dictionary also has a great selection of word games including Scrabble, the LA Times crossword puzzle and various word searches.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary provides current and historical definitions of words from across the English-speaking world, not just in the United States. For most entries, variant spellings, etymology, quotations and a date chart are available.

electronic book websites

Classic Reader

Classic Reader is an online library of freely accessible, full-text books in the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, young readers, poetry, short stories, drama, and classical.

International Children’s Digital Library: A Library for the World’s Children

A joint project of the University of Maryland and the Internet Archive, ICDL provides full text (and picture!) access to over 10,000 children’s books in 54 languages appealing to readers aged 3-13. The books are searchable and browsable and the site offers a teacher training manual that details the many ways that ICDL can be used in a classroom setting. Registration is not required, but it allows you to save searches, create a bookshelf, and set a default language.


LibriVox aims to “make all public domain books available as free audio books.” The collection of audio books is searchable, and includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic works. The audiobooks are available in downloadable files; individual chapters are available in mp3 or ogg format and ZIP files of complete books are often provided.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg provides access to thousands of digitized books whose copyright has expired. These books are downloadable, and the website provides instructions or links to instructions for how to download these e-books to your computer, a variety of eReaders, or Smart Phone.