Ebook titles are included in the library catalog with links to the ebook, but you may prefer to search an ebook database instead of using the library catalog. Two key academic ebook databases are listed below.

Search TIPS

Identify your key concepts and terms then try a variety of searches in the opens new window ORU library catalog, opens new windowWorldCat, opens new windowGoogle Books and other book databases. When you find a book, use the Table of Contents and book index to find your topic or subject and to see how it relates to other topics. (This may offer ideas for new search terms.)

► Try a simple keyword search.
► Search available subject fields
, such as Subject keyword, subject begins with, etc.
► For information about a book,

  • Use the book's title for a subject search
  • Search the title in its original language and English translation
  • Use any variant spellings

► For information about an author:

  • Use the author's name for a subject search
  • Search any variant spellings
  • Limit to a foreign language, if possible

Search the Library Catalog

opens new window Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to find books and other items in the library. Ebook titles, with links to the full text ebooks, are also included in the catalog.

Books are shelved in opens new window Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other. Search the author, keyword or title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is available at ORU.

Sample Reference Titles

Ebook Central database

eBook Collection (EBSCO database)

opens new windowebook Collection(EBSCOhost)
Full-text ebooks in all disciplines. Free downloads. Restricts full text viewing to 1-5 simultaneous readers.

Google Books

opens new windowGoogle Books
Includes some book previews and complete books available. opens new windowLearn more
Connects to books with the opens new window Library Project and Partner Program. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, Google Books provides a preview of the book. If the book is in public domain, you can freely download a PDF copy.

Search for books then click a title. In the book record, use Find in library (left sidebar) to link to the item record in WorldCat.org,


opens new windowWorldCat.org
Search "the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world." opens new windowLearn more

Use Advanced Search to limit your items to a specific language.
If the book is not available at ORU, use the Interlibrary Loan 'Request Item' option in WorldCat or the onlineopens new windowILL Request Form.

opens new windowWorldCat (FirstSearch database)