Q. Which tool should I use to discover ebooks?


There is no single place to search all of the ebook content that NYU Libraries provides. It's best to approach the search process with several strategies in mind. You may need to try one or more of these methods to discover an ebook.

1. Searching in BobCat: Almost all of the ebook content that NYU Libraries offers is discoverable in BobCat. BobCat is particularly useful if you know the specific title, author, or ISBN of the book you're looking for. However, keep in mind that when you are searching BobCat, you are searching all items the Library holds, including books. The only way to discover just ebooks is to limit your results by Genre: ebooks. 

2. Searching in Summon: Almost all of the ebook content that NYU Libraries offers is also discoverable in Summon. Summon is particularly useful if you have a general idea about a research topic and want to find books. For instance, you can search broad topics like "education" or "Cold War politics" and find many ebooks that NYU provides. Part of the reason why Summon is so effective is because it allows you to search within the text of books, including individual chapter titles.

However, because of this granularity, the results in Summon can be overwhelming. Many of the results you'll get are actually individual chapters that are within books that NYU accesses. You'll need to follow the link and track down the entire book if you find a chapter that you're interested in.

3. Searching Individual Ebook Collections: Because ebook business models are complicated, it's nearly impossible for NYU Libraries to index all of the content that we access in a single place. Therefore, you may find ebooks that you couldn't discover any other way by searching some of our ebook packages individually. A full list of our resources that contain ebooks is available here.


  • Last Updated Jun 18, 2018
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