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eBooks at the Law Library  

This guide, created by the librarians at UMBC, goes over how to find and use eBooks.
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Finding eBooks Print Page

Retrieving eBooks -- when your search results include ebook titles

When you search any of the library catalogs on the Library homepage you may find ebooks in your search results. To access them follow the instructions below.

WorldCat TMLL   Note: most, but not all, free, open access ebooks are found in WorldCat TMLL

  • This will searchTMLL titles as well as those in libraries worldwide.
  • This will show which libraries own an ebook title: however, please remember that ebooks have limited access and do not circulate to non-affiliated users.
  • From your search results page click on the title of the ebook which takes you to the full record
  • Click "Find It."
  • In some cases you may be able to click on the ebook full text from here, but in many cases the "Find It" page will say "Not available online". In this case, click on "Check availability in catalogusmai."
  • This takes you to the TMLL Library Catalog entry for the ebook, where you click "Find It" once more; this second "Find It" results screen will provide the URL for the ebook.
  • Click on that link to see the ebook online.
  • Note: At this time WorldCat TMLL may not take you directly to ebooks; you often must detour through the local catalog.

TMLL Library Catalog   Note: normally, free and open access ebooks are not found via the TMLL Library Catalog

  • From your search results page click on the title you want
  • Click on the "Find It" button to go directly to the ebook.

catalogUSMAI    Note: normally, free and open access ebooks are not found via catalogUSMAI.

  • Be sure that you have a TMLL record before clicking on the "Find It" button.
  • TMLL users do not have the right to view other campuses' ebooks so you will need to go to the owning library to view the ebook.

Limiting your catalog searches to ebooks only

Limiting your search to ebooks only works best in the TMLL's Classic Catalog

Individual ebooks are cataloged just as are the print titles. eBooks should be identifiable by the designation [electronic  resource] in the title to distinguish them from print editions and should have a separate record with access through the  Find It  button but there are exceptions: government documents and miscellaneous other titles will have the URL for online access in the catalog record.

eBooks in the USMAI are campus specific, for example - if Towson owns a copy but TMLL does not, TMLL affiliates will not have access to that ebook. Searching for TMLL ebooks, therefore, should be done in the TMLL holdings of the catalogusmai.  While other searching options, particularly WorldCat TMLL are available, the linking to ebooks is not yet reliable enough to recommend it as a primary search tool.

Limit by Format: the catalog advanced search offers the option to limit by format or location. A search by title, subject, or keyword AND limited to Format = E-Books should return only ebooks.

A typical ebook title record looks like this, 'find it' provides the access :


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