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Pandemic Resources

This page contains some helpful tools to support distance learning during our transition of course support to a completely online mode. The great majority of our resources are already online and described in our Subject and Research Guides.  Below are some key tools and additional full text book catalogs that are temporarily open to all researchers. 

           You may still contact the library staff for online assistance with our many online tools. 

Electronic Resources to Support Distance Learning

News sources:

See our news resources page for reliable information sources.


Journal articles (all online):

The first tool that should be used to locate journal articles is the Academic Search Complete aggregator which contains fulltext articles from 800 core journals across many disciplines. More comprehensive journal coverage is searched using our many subject indexes. (NOTE: The Multiple Database Search Tool performs simultaneous searches across many databases. This tool will provide a very large set of results; it is best used to find known items, and it may help you discover related content in secondary fields and/or multimedia material not covered in the journal indexes. Due to the large number of results - and the swamping effect - this federated search tool should not be the primary way to search for most topics.) See the Open Access Journal Finder Tools box below for tools that link to additional free Open Access articles on the web. 


While there are a small number of ebooks located in our book catalog, the best collections of ebooks are found in the tools below.

Large Free Ebook Library:

The Internet Archive has just provided access to the National Emergency Library, a digitized collection of over 1.4 million older books that includes a strong high school academy collection and a strong liberal arts college collection. After creating an account, each person can check out ten books for fourteen days.  These materials will be available until June 30.


Project Gutenberg:

The Project Gutenberg initiative has hand-typed thousands of public domain books and speeches, and there may be many editions of classic materials. 


Internet Archive Digital Library (public domain materials: books, music, videos)

The Digital Library collection is found within the Internet Archive, which digitizes music, videos, and TV News, The database grows by over 1000 books a day, as well as mirrors books from Google Books and other sources. As of July 2014, it hosted over 8 million public domain books, which is far greater than the approximate 1 million public domain books at Google Books.


HathiTrust free public domain ebooks:

HathiTrust maintains the HathiTrust Digital Library. Since 13 October 2008, it preserves and provides access to material scanned by Google, some of the Internet Archive books, and some scanned locally by partner institutions. As of May 2010, it includes about 6 million volumes, over 1 million of which are public domain (at least in the US). 

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service: 

Students, faculty, and staff will, upon logging in to HathiTrust, have access to copyrighted titles that the library owns and for which we have been able to identify a match through our ongoing holdings analysis. Users will be able to read the book online, in the web browser, but will not be able to download the work in full. 

Our Purchased  Ebooks:

         See our very brief VIDEO describing how to search in our electronic books using our e-book cluster search tool.


Search the FULLTEXT of our ebooks ... simultaneously across multiple platforms.

    e-book cluster provides searching across many of our ebook platforms ... EBSCOhost ebooks, EBL ebooks, ProQuest ebooks, Hathi Trust (Google Books), American Dissertation Database fulltext materials ... and includes our local SXU ebook purchases.

  • After your results appear, select "eBooks" under the SOURCES category on the left to limit to our full text materials.
  • Use the Databases with Results facet at the bottom of the left column to narrow your results to any e-book platform.

Search only DESCRIPTIONS of our ebooks ... plus a million Hathi Trust public domain ebooks 

   Electronic books purchased by SXU and our consortial partners: searching their metadata in the regular book catalog.

  • only searches the basic author, title, and subject headings. It does NOT search into the fulltext of the books.
  • includes over a million public domain ebooks scanned by the Google Books project
  • select Format of "Electronic" on the right to limit results to only ebooks.



As a supplement to these ebooks, the following direct search options allow for searching fulltext words within millions of ebooks, a far more powerful and precise search option than searching just the author/title/subject keywords through our catalogs. Some items are freely available as public domain titles (creative commons, out of copyright, and/or government documents), while access to other items will require the purchase or borrowing from cooperating libraries.

HathiTrust maintains HathiTrust Digital Library. Since 13 October 2008, it preserves and provides access to material scanned by Google, some of the Internet Archive books, and some scanned locally by partner institutions. As of May 2010, it includes about 6 million volumes, over 1 million of which are public domain (at least in the US).

The Digital Library collection is found within the Internet Archive, which digitizes music, videos, and TV News, The database grows by over 1000 books a day, as well as mirrors books from Google Books and other sources. As of July 2014, it hosted over 8 million public domain books, which is far greater than the approximate 1 million public domain books at Google Books.

Another private listing of free online books is The Online Books Page an index that includes more than 2 million works in various formats, and can be searched by Author/Title and can be browsed by subject.

Google Books: Over a million "public domain" books from within this resource may be read online and are included in our library catalog. Many other books are searchable via Google Books, but only snippets may be viewed online ... one must use our regular book catalogs and perhaps ILL to obtain paper copies. This option allows for searching fulltext words within the books, a far more powerful and precise search option than just the author/title/subject keywords found using our catalogs.

One additional free search tool to consider is Summon (from Princeton). You will see information within books and other materials...but you will not have links to the full text materials.

DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books searches over 12,000 open access books.

Open Access Journal Article Finder Tools

Open Access Journal Article Discovery Tools

The library provides access to journal articles based upon our subscriptions to journals. However, some "hybrid" journals provide only selected articles freely after authors pay page charges, and our subscription-level resolver does not locate these random articles. The following tools will discover these random articles located across the web, on publisher sites, in government repository sites, in Institutional Repositories, or on personal web pages, The "Search Google for related material" link found in our databases when we do not have a subscription also searches some, but not all, of these sources.

There are several browser extensions or plug-ins you can install that will search compiled collections of open access articles, as well as search the internet for an open access version of a desired article.

  • Open Access Button (OA Button): From the OA Button’s website, you can enter an article’s URL, DOI (a unique identifier), title, or other information to check for free and legal open access versions. Even better, the OA Button also offers Chrome and Firefox extensions. Once installed, these extensions will automatically search for an open access copy. When an open access copy is not found, the OA Button can contact the author directly.
  • Unpaywall: You can either directly search Unpaywall’s database of millions of open access articles by entering the DOI for an article, or (more easily) install the Chrome/Firefox browser extension, which will point you to any open access versions of paywalled articles you come across online.
  • Google Scholar has a button plug-in that locates open access materials. The button can be loaded from the Settings option on the top left of the Google Scholar page -- select the three bars, and then go to Settings. (The button also links to our resolver if you set the Library Links in Settings.)

Ebook features and options

Electronic books provide a variety of options, some familiar from paper books, and others unique to the electronic format.

Some options exist for all versions of ebooks - while some options only exist when you are using an online version (as opposed to downloading to a reader or workstation).


Enhanced options (using either downloaded or online access):

  •       Keyword searching,
  •       Highlighting, annotation, and bookmarking,
  •       Image expansion and manipulation,
  •       Sound and animation playback,
  •       Sharing with others.


Enhanced navigation options (when using online, NOT after downloading):

  •       Link to definitions of key words,
  •       Link to other works by the author,
  •       Link to related books by subject terms and categories,
  •       Link to other images of terms in the work,
  •       Highlight, annotate, and bookmark for later use,
  •       Copy-and-paste (but avoid plagiarism),

Dowloading ebooks

Electronic books can read read online or can be downloaded to local devices. Reading ebooks online provides readers with more powerful connections and links to related resources. Downloading makes reading possible when off-line. Both options allow for highlighting, printing, and bookmarking.

If you intend to download portions of ebooks you will need to have the appropriate software, which may differ depending upon the ebook platform. The instructions below should assist most readers in obtaining the basic software required.


1.  If you will be downloading an eBook, create an Adobe ID.  The programs required to read most of our eBooks will require you to connect an Adobe ID account before you can download anything.

2.  Download an appropriate reader program.  For PC or Mac, you will want Adobe Digital Editions.  This program is similar to Adobe Reader, with the addition of Digital Rights Management.  If you are using an iOS or Android device, try Bluefire eReader.  There are a number of other free ePub readers for Android as well, and ebrary has published an app for reading their ebooks.

3.  Search for an ebook, check it out, or download it.  Depending on the device, you can download directly, or download to your computer and transfer it to your device.

See the free materials found in the Bookshare catalog (for alternative formats).

Audio Books

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Most of the texts are from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts the audio files (for free!).

Public Library ebook updates

What's New With the Top 3 Ebook Vendors by Brandi Scardilli in Information Today (March 1, 2017)

  • a 14% decrease in ebook sales from 2014 to 2015 for trade publishers.
  • when it comes to usage in libraries the news is very different: In 2016, readers borrowed 21% more ebooks from OverDrive than they did in 2015.
  • So, on the surface, readers are buying less and borrowing more—and yet Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo (now Rakuten Kobo, Inc.) continue to release new e-readers and put effort into selling ebooks.
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