by Research Assistance – June 3, 2020
This guide provides links and tips on how to find online books. The temporary closure and restricted access to the UC Davis Library buildings temporarily prevents one from accessing the book stacks. The UC Davis Library, however, provides access to books online, both licensed eBooks and Open Access books. Additionally, during the public health emergency, access to scanned books are available online through the Internet Archive and HathiTrust, two organizations the UC Davis Library has partnered with to preserve our collections.
UC Davis Library licenses thousands of electronic books from variety of publishers and provides links to Open Access titles. The UC Library Catalog can help you find them.
Note: Not all books are available electronically, and if your results list does not contain any eBooks, the Full Text Availability filter will not appear.
Need more help? Check out this instructional video:
To take advantage of this temporary expanded access:
Visit https://www.hathitrust.org and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
Select “University of California, Davis” and log in using your campus credentials.
Search the HathiTrust Digital Library to locate the item you wish to view.
Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to Check Out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.
You begin with 60 minutes of access to an in-copyright book during the session. If you remain active in the book during the session, access time will be extended. You are not able to download the book; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This access model is intended to address the unique access needs of this moment while still protecting the author’s rights.
Note that this emergency access service will be terminated whenever UC Davis reopens its library facilities, so users should view this access to the digital books as temporary.
The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.
This Health Sciences eBooks guide, prepared for researchers in the Health Sciences, provides direct links to important Health Science eBook publishers, as well as a curated list of human health science eBooks, organized by specialty.