eBooks Part VII: ABC-CLIO Collection
ABC-CLIO is one of many eBook collections on the CSN Library Services website that fulfills a variety of needs. With hundreds of eBooks covering such subjects as art, music, business, history, psychology, pop culture and more, the collection is one worth looking into.
Find an eBook
The first thing users will notice about the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection is its clean and straightforward interface. Only two plain boxes of text fill the database’s white screen—the main box lists eBooks by title, subject, author or publication year, and the left sidebar offers links to more help using the collection. The search bar above this box has options for keyword, author, and title searching only, though clicking “Advanced Search” can limit results by publication year or subject category as well.
Accessing the eBook
Once a book has been chosen, clicking the title from the list will lead users to the first page of the eBook—typically the table of contents with page number links that jump to individual pages. The book title and cover remain visible in the left sidebar on the page. Clicking on this title in the left sidebar, however, will actually take users to ABC-CLIO’s online store catalog where a print or electronic version of the book can be purchased. But why pay for a hard copy? CSN Library Services allows digital access for free on any campus computer or from home (once you’ve logged in with your NSHE ID number).
Reading these electronic versions is also as easy as clicking through the pages of the main box reading pane with arrows in the upper right-hand corner. Clicking the table of contents links listed in the left sidebar will also allow users to jump to any section (introduction, chapters, index, etc).
The “cite” button at the top of the reading pane creates an immediate citation for the eBook in MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style and Harvard formats, which can be viewed, copied and pasted or even exported to RefWorks or EasyBib citation guides to be saved.
More interaction with the eBooks is available through ABC-CLIO’s “My Bookshelf” feature. Signing up with only an e-mail address, users can create a username and password account for saving bookmarks and notes made on a page. They can also create links to the titles currently being read, which will save in the bookshelf for up to 90 days.
Download the eBook
Since their eBook platform is web-based, ABC-CLIO eBooks can’t be downloaded to a computer in the traditional sense. However, there are options for printing and sharing selections of eBooks. ABC-CLIO allows for printing a page that’s being viewed, a chapter that’s being viewed, or a range of pages being viewed within a chapter. Users can also select their citation style of choice (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style or Harvard) at the bottom of the page once they’ve selected the print icon. This way the needed citation prints along with the eBook selection.
These eBooks selections can also be saved or shared through e-mail. Only one chapter or entry is e-mailed at a time, sent in plain text format, with citations included. Make sure to fill in all the required fields—name, “to” and “from” e-mail addresses, the institution (CSN) and a note in the “Comments” section—in order for the e-mail to send successfully.