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Tips and tricks on how to use library resources and services

Using ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest EBook Central is Exeter Health Library's primary source of e-books.

We have purchased over 95 titles, all of which you can search and browse online here:

https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/exeterhealthnhs
(NHS OpenAthens login required)

You can also search and browse the whole ProQuest EBL book catalog.

Here are some subject groupings which you may find useful.

Health
Medicine
Nursing
Pharmacy
Psychology

You can filter your search to titles owned by the Library by ticking this box on the left-hand side of your screen:

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Titles that the Library hasn't purchased are available for a 5 minute browsing period, where you can access the whole content of the book.

If you would like access to the e-book for longer, click on the Request button and provide your contact details, and the Library team will view your request and either:

  • Provide temporary access to the title (called Short Term Loan), this can be for between 1-4 weeks and it will only be available to you individually.
  • Purchase a digital copy - if the title is likely to be useful to a number of staff, the Library may purchase a digital copy, which will then be available for all staff to read. 
  • Source a print copy from another library for you via our Document Supply Service (if the cost of Short Term Loan or Purchase is too expensive).

Library staff will be in touch to let you know which option will be available to you.

Watch the video below to see how to search and browse the ProQuest Ebook Central platform:

Watch the video below to find out how you can find all the important information about a book from the Book Detail page:

You have 5 minutes free access to any ProQuest EBook Central title.

If you would like access to the e-book for longer, click on the Request button:

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Then complete the form which pops up, including a message if you like:

Library staff will then receive your request and either:

  • Provide temporary access to the title (called Short Term Loan), this can be for between 1-4 weeks and it will only be available to you individually.
  • Purchase a digital copy - if the title is likely to be useful to a number of staff, the Library may purchase a digital copy, which will then be available for all staff to read. 
  • Source a print copy from another library for you via our Document Supply Service (if the cost of Short Term Loan or Purchase is too expensive)

Library staff will be in touch to let you know which option will be available to you.

If we have purchased a book, or organised a Short Term Loan for you, there are two options for reading the book:

  • Read the book online
  • Download or print a chapter PDF
  • Download the book (you will need Adobe Digital Editions for this)

Please note: restrictions on printing and copying are automatically monitored to ensure copyright isn't enfringed.

For more information, watch the video below:

If you are reading a book online, there are a number of tools you can use, such as print, share, annotate.
Watch this video for more information:

You can keep track of books you have read, or want to read, by using the Bookshelf function.

You don't need a seperate login for this, it will recognise your NHS OpenAthens login. To set features such as your preferred citation style (e.g. Harvard) go to Settings then Profile in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

For more information, see this video: