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Research Resources: Subject Guides: eBook Collections

The first section below offers scholarly electronic book collections available to F&M students, staff and faculty. The second section points to some of the better ebook collections available for free online, and accessible to everyone.

F&M Access Only

  • Credo Reference
    A digital reference library containing 100 high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers: dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and books of quotations, not to mention a host of subject-specific titles covering everything from the arts and literature to technology.

  • EBSCOHost eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary)
    Search and view the full text of eBooks. eBooks that are being viewed online can be "closed" and immediately made available to other users, by clicking any of the following links: Result List, New Search or Back, within the eBook Viewer.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A digital reference collection that places factual information at your fingertips, containing high-quality reference books in history, medicine, religion and the social sciences, now accessible wherever you are.

  • Oxford Art Online
    A new gateway into art research and the access point for Oxford art reference publications, including Grove Art Online, with its tens of thousands of subject entries, biographies, bibliographic citations, and images. Oxford Art Online also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

  • Oxford Music Online
    A new gateway that offers users the ability, for the first time ever, to access and cross-search the vast resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been completely redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. Oxford Music Online also includes Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

  • Oxford Reference Online
    The largest, most up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible reference work in the world. This huge resource contains almost 2 million words and phrases from Oxford's English language and bilingual dictionaries. Individual Oxford titles may be found amongst our Electronic Resources - By Subject pages.

Universal Access

  • Gutenberg-e
    Columbia University Press is pleased to announce that Gutenberg-e is now an open access site. These award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publications, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories. The American Council of Learned Societies also carry Gutenberg-e titles on their Humanities E-Book platform.

  • Digital Book Index
    Digital Book Index provides links to more than 139,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 103,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.

  • eServer at Iowa State University
    The EServer is a growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish works as open archives, available free of charge to readers.

  • Google Books
    The aim is simple: to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages that helps users discover new books and publishers discover new readers.

  • The Online Books Page
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

  • Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.


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