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What is an electronic book/eBook?

Books that are published in electronic form, usually on the Internet or on disk.


More about the Library’s e-Books:

Most of the Library's e-books can be accessed quite intuitively via this page. Some can also be accessed via the previous Catalogue or SmartSearch e.g. all “ScienceDirect” and “Dawson” e-books.


In many cases, user support is provided through a HELP tab accessible via a menu on the publisher's website.


Almost all the Library's e-books can be accessed for an indefinite period of time, once downloaded. In other words, they will not self-delete after a stipulated period of time. In most cases, there is no restriction on the number of users who may access them simultaneously. The only exceptions are the Dawson e-books, which can be accessed for 24 hours only.


Please be aware that, when accessing a Dawson e-book, you will first need to scroll to the top right hand corner of the page, and click on the green “I agree” button, after you have read (and are in agreement with) the terms of use. Thereafter, you will be free to either read online, or download the PDF version of the book, provided you have Adobe Acrobat on your computer or mobile device. The “Download ebook” and “Read online” icons look, respectively, like the ones below:



Notice to Users

Use of many of these resources is governed by license agreements which restrict use to the UWC campus community. Any access codes provided to users to access resources (e.g. for remote off-campus use) are not for distribution or sharing.  Codes are to be kept confidential and are not to be posted in any public area.  


It is the responsibility of each user to ensure that they use these products for individual, noncommercial purposes. Users may not copy, reproduce, distribute, alter, repackage or adapt the licensed products below. or prepare derivative works based upon the licensed products, or otherwise infringe on the Intellectual Property Rights of the publishers of the licensed products.  Users may not systematically download any portion of any of the licensed products below.

Please remember! Many of the resources listed have online help facilities on their respective home pages.

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