The CSI Library now has over 150,000 ebooks in nearly every academic subject, and most of them are available for downloading to your computer or to your e-reader device, usually chapter by chapter. Ebooks will appear when you search the Library’s catalog, CUNYplus, under the holdings for “Electronic Resource.” When you click on the title for complete record information, the link to the ebook will appear in the record. Since most of our ebooks are relatively new, these will appear near the top of your record list, which by default shows the most recent works first. An Advanced Search retrieves ebooks when searching by “Electronic Resource” for Record type.
The CSI ebook collection is available also from a link to our web page for ebooks:
Ebooks are sorted here by subject area for most convenient research: General/Multidisciplinary; Humanities; Reference; Sciences; and Social Sciences. There are many overlapping subjects however, so it is best to try every possible section for good results. Ebooks are purchased or subscribed to either by CUNY Central Libraries or by the CSI Library. Access varies depending on the source.
Using an ebook for a class:
If you wish to use ebooks for your course readings, either required or suggested, please contact the Library first to enquire about access limits, as these may vary from one user just as a print book, or multi-user access, which enables the entire class to be reading the same material. Of course we prefer to acquire ebooks with no restrictions, but it is not always possible.
There is also a link to our “e-help for ebooks” page, which gathers web pages from various sources: other colleges; publishers; vendors.
Most help is usually needed to download the ebooks to a device, perhaps a kindle, a nook, an iPad, or other e-reader. Downloading itself is simple, although you may have to create an account, which just needs an email address, any email will do. Then after you log in, you are able to download chapter by chapter. A few ebooks may have the ability to download the entire book, but then the check-out limit is usually 7 or 14 days.
Transferring the downloaded chapter to the device is the tricky part, and varies with each device. Thus our e-help pages have some guides for general help, as well as for specific collections, such as ebrary ebooks or EBSCO ebooks. We are working to produce more specific help pages for some popular e-readers.
Examples of some ebook collections:
- Ebrary: Access to over 70,000 full text ebooks for 16 key academic subject areas, including biology, business, computer science, education, engineering, history, medicine, physics, political science, psychology, and sociology.
- In order to read offline, you can print or download one chapter to save permanently. To borrow the entire ebook for a limited time, first create an account; multiple users are allowed.
- EBSCO eBook Collection: Access to over 5,000 full text ebooks across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Scholarly and Reference ebooks include business, economics, computer science, history, political science, art, literature and science.
- First create an account to download each chapter.
- Cambridge Collections Online: Hundreds of the informative Cambridge Companions series, as well as all of the Cambridge Histories series now available online.
- Download chapter by chapter in PDF files.
- Gale Virtual Reference: thousands of reference works, handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias in all subjects are now available online.
- You may save individual chapters of articles as a PDF file to download.
- Salem History series: Great Events from History, Great Lives from History, The Decades, Musicians and Composers now online.
- Save each section or each chapter in PDF files.
For more information about our many e-book collections, please contact:
Professor Linda Roccos
Coordinator of Electronic Information Services