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Access to Online Resources

Ebooks at Vassar

From the search box on the homepage, there are multiple ways to find ebooks available to the Vassar academic community. Remember to sign into the proxy server if you're off campus!

Discover

 Use the "Discover" search box on the homepage. When you get your list of results, refine them (using the sidebar on the left side of the page) to "Full Text Online" and "Book/eBook." 

 In Discover, ebook results look like the following. Click on the book's title or on the link beside "eBook" and you'll get to the online book. 

Catalog

When searching the catalog, change the drop down menu from "View Entire Collection" to "Online Materials." Ebooks will have the "location" Internet, the "status" Online, and an ebook icon. Click the "website" link to go to the online book. 

 

Please Note: Discover identifies Vassar Library access to some ebooks available through ebook collections and ConnectNY that are not included in the catalog results. 

ConnectNY

ConnectNY is a consortium of academic institutions in New York state. Vassar students, faculty, and staff may request materials through ConnectNY--it's a local interlibrary loan arrangement. As members of CNY, we also have access to ebooks! These ebooks are searchable through Vassar's Discover interface:

Or, you can go to the ConnectNY catalog and search. The record for an ebook looks like this; click on the "connect" link for access. 

Ebook collections

Vassar has access to a number of ebook collections from various publishers and distributors. Some of these offer search platforms that you may want to search directly, or include on a Moodle site or assignment for students to search themselves.

  • JSTOR
    • In Advanced Search mode, narrow results to BOOKS
  • Cambridge Companions
    • Series of anthologies by leading scholars covering literature, classics, philosophy, religion and cultural studies.
  • Cambridge University Press
    • Search the library catalog in advanced mode and select Publisher: Cambridge / Location: Internet
  • Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
    • Critical, annotated editions of primary texts in interlinked format. OSEO currently includes writers active between 701 and 1901, plus Roman and Greek authors — from Aristotle, Austen, Bentham, Catullus, Dickens, and Donne through to Plato, Virgil, and Wordsworth
  • ACLS Humanities
    • Collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. These titles are presented in collaboration with more than 120 publishers and Michigan Publishing. Books in the Humanities EBook (HEB) collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies. 
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
    • Searchable platform of books from multiple academic publishers. Chapters and books can be downloaded for offline reading and printing.