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Ebooks offer two major benefits to the academic researcher: the ease of accessing the texts themselves, and the ability to keyword search within the texts.
In the library:
Use the Summit Catalog or the OSU Libraries Catalog to discover our collection of electronic books. You can read them on your computer, or transfer them to a variety of devices.
On the web:
Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a repository of more than 33,000 texts on a variety of subjects. Most of the books are in the public domain because their copyright has expired; the number of current texts in this repository is relatively small.
Google Books. Working in partnership with several libraries, Google has digitized millions of in-copyright and out of copyright books. Your access to these books will vary: some are available in full-text, some provide substantial preview views, and some provide only snippet (sentence-length) views. You can find the books in libraries, purchase them, or view the available portions online.
Use 1Search to find books located at OSU Libraries. While OSU is under remote instruction, OSU Libraries is purchasing and borrowing books as we can.
Tip! Use the date limits in 1Search and elsewhere to see if there are materials published during the time you are studying.
Google Books: Use the advanced search and limit by publication date, full view, and public domain to find primary sources.
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