Finding e-Books

The University provides access to thousands of ebooks. Wherever possible, we buy ebook versions of the books recommended on course reading lists, as well as ebooks for background reading.

You can:

  • read them on mobile devices
  • print and download sections according to copyright law and publishers’ allowances
  • have 24-hour access, on and off campus
  • do keyword searches, make notes and export details to reference management systems like RefWorks.

You can find ebooks using the library catalogue.  First, put your keywords or the author/title into the library catalogue’s search box and click Search . (The results will usually be a mixture of journal articles, print books, ebooks, newspaper articles, reports and conference proceedings.)

Then, to limit your results to ebooks only, click on “Full Text Online” and “Book/eBook” under the “REFINE YOUR SEARCH” side panel.    

eBook Filters

The results will only show ebooks. 

If you want to access an ebook, click on its title. Sign in with your University IT account username and password if requested.

eBook Dawsons

Our ebooks come from different sources, so how you use them and how they look can vary.  

For help using ebooks, try our FAQs or refer to the ebooks’ own help pages


A reference to an ebook, using the University’s Harvard style, would look like this:

Carstensen, J., Golden, B., Morgenthal, J.P. (2012) Cloud computing: assessing the risks [online]. Ely: IT Governance [Accessed 12 July 2015]. Available at:

The University’s Harvard Referencing Guide (PDF 710K, Downloads file)