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Ebook Basics

This guide will give you basic information you need to find and view ebooks from the WSU Libraries.

EBL Account

You do not need to set up a personal account with EBL to save or print chapters or sections of a book. However, make sure that you are logged in through your WSU ID (you should be prompted to do this after you select EBL from the list of library databases).

To download an entire book for offline reading, you must checkout the book. To do this, you must download Adobe Digital Editions and create an account through this site. For more information on how to do this, please see our library guide on this subject.

Ebrary Account

To create a personal ebrary account:

  1. Click the “Sign In” link at the top right of the ebrary screen.
  2. In the window that opens, click the “Create an account” link.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your account.  (Enter an accurate email; if you forget your password, it can only be emailed to the address on file.)
  4. Near the bottom, you will need to click to agree to Terms of Service.

To use certain ebrary features, you need to first sign in to your personal ebrary account.  These features include:

  • Download a chapter or page range as a PDF
  • Download an entire book using Adobe Digital Editions
  • Save (to your Bookshelf) links to ebrary books
  • Make (and save in your Bookshelf) notes in ebrary books
  • Make (and save in your Bookshelf) highlights in ebrary books
  • Create folders (in your Bookshelf) to organize your links to ebrary books
  • Share or email folders (in your bookshelf) that contain links to ebrary books

Once you have a personal ebrary account, you will have your own personal ebrary Bookshelf as well.

Note, preferences info (e.g., citation choice and language preference) are stored as “cookies” on the computer itself – so they follow the computer, not your personal ebrary account.  But your Bookshelf and things specific to your username (e.g., password, name, and email address) follow your personal ebrary account login.


EBSCOhost eBook Collection Account

To set up a personal account (From EBSCO Help):

  1. Click the Sign In in the top toolbar of the screen.

  2. From the Sign In Screen, click the Create a new Account link.

  3. The Create a New Account Screen appears with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Save Changes.

    When you create a new My EBSCOhost folder account, or are updating the existing password for your account, you are required to create a strong password.

    As you begin to enter a new value into the password field, the strength indicator will reflect how strong your password is using both color and strength value (red=weak vs. green=strong).

    When your password meets the requirements, the indicator displays that your password is strong and you can retype the password in the next field to confirm it.

  4. If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session.

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