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Gale Virtual Reference Library

This resource provides respected authoritative essays on varied topics from numerous subject areas, all in E-Book reference title format.


This collection includes downloadable audio books and eBooks on a variety of topics, including language learning, history, biography, classic literature, and more. These are compatible with most iPods, WMA compatible MP3 players, and eReaders. You must create your own free acount at the site to download audiobooks or eBooks.

Ebook Central Academic and Public Library Complete

Scholarly titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills. NOTE: To access this resource you will need to authenticate through the proxy sever from on campus as well as off campus.

Online Books Page

This site provides access to the many books which are now freely available online. Most of them are classic texts which no longer have copyright restrictions, but it also includes some current items. Books are input on a volunteer basis by groups or individuals. Coverage includes a variety of subjects.

SIRS Discoverer

Designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, SIRS Discoverer offer articles, nonfiction books, images, activities and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.

Google Books Search

Search Google Books for a variety of out-of-copyright full text e-books. To limit your search to only those that have the complete full text of the e-book online (that is, those that are out-of-copyright), choose the "Full view only" radio button. If you don't choose this option, you may find citations to copyrighted or other e-books that have none or only a small portion of the full text.


Maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bookshelf is a growing collection of full-text biomedical books that can be searched directly by typing a concept into the textbox on the site. Subjects covered by its books include health care, evidence-based medicine, health policy, comparative effectiveness research, and public health. It is also accessible under "Books: Online Books" through the Entrez site.

ABC-CLIO E-book Collection

The ABC-CLIO E-book Collection is a database of e-books focusing on history and literature. The database is browseable by title, subject, author, and publication year. It includes e-books from these series (formerly listed on our web page as individual databases by the same names): Daily Life Through History, Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Authors, Historic Events of the 20th Century, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

Hathi Trust

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection

The Premium Collection offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series, plus the Visual English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and new heavily illustrated natural history titles such as the Encyclopedia of Mammals. The titles also include full-color maps and illustrations, timelines, weblinks, and bibliographies.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

Our EBSCOhost ebooks consist of 2 major collections. "eBooks on EBSCOhost" (formerly NetLibrary) is a collection of over 24,000 online electronic books, most of which are new or recent titles. "eBooks Academic Collection" is a package, including titles from leading university presses such as Oxford University Press, State University of New York Press, Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, MIT Press, Harvard University Press and many others. Both collections are included in the Hackney Library online catalog, but they can also be accessed separately through this link. Features of the eBooks on EBSCOhost platform include browsing by subject and genre, a personal folder option to save and view books, the ability to save notes on eBooks to your personal folder, search features that will allow you to search across eBooks and other EBSCOhost content, in addition to an enhanced viewer for examining eBooks, and a search within functionality to search for specific terms within an eBook. Subjects include: Art, Business & Economics, Education, Language Arts & Discipline, Literary Criticism, Medical, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Poetry, Political Science, Religion, Social Science, Technology & Engineering