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EBSCO eBooks: Faculty & Staff: eBook Use FAQ

Linking to EBSCO eBooks

Can I link to EBSCO eBooks or eBook chapters in my syllabus or Blackboard?

Yes, the Permalink feature in the eBook Viewer makes it easy to copy a link to an eBook or chapter and insert it into Blackboard. All users (instructor and students) must sign-in with their Library Patron information (barcode/last name) to view linked content - every single time. Remember to read-only, and not download.

To learn how to copy Permalinks in EBSCOhost, click here

Save, Print, Email eBook Chapters

Can I print or save EBSCO eBook pages as a PDF?

Depending on publisher-specified limits, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO eBook can be printed, saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewer to be printed at a later time. There is no way to save or print the entire book through EBSCO access.


  • Some titles may not allow for printing due to individual publisher-specified limits.
  • The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
  • If you have reached your printing limit, the option to print or save eBook pages will be temporarily unavailable

Supported Devices & Apps

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with:

  • Desktop Computers
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • Android Phones and Tablets
  • Sony eReader Touch ed.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • eBook Readers that support Adobe DRM
  • Txtr app for iPhone and Android devices

Citing eBooks

How to cite EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.

Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Click (here) for help with citing eBooks.

Create a Personal My EBSCOhost Account

Create a My EBSCOhost Account

In order to use the various features EBSCO eBooks offer, you must create a personal My EBSCOhost folder. This account is totally separate from any of your Coppin accounts, even if you use Coppin-related information or emails.

To create a personal account:

  1. Log into EBSCOhost and click the “Sign In” link along the top of the page.
  2. Click “Create a new Account.”
  3. Enter the relevant information and remember your Username and Password. 
  4. Use your new Username and Password to log in to My EBSCOhost.


Create a My EBSCOhost Account with your Gmail Information

After you authenticate with your Coppin-issued library account information, Google Sign In allows you to create and access a personal My EBSCOhost account using your Google login credentials (i.e. Gmail account). This is an alternative to  the account creation directions above.

Once your personal My EBSCOhost account has been created with your Google credentials, you can use that account to access and use the features of My EBSCOhost. 

"Checkout" and Download to PC

"Checkout" and Download eBooks to Your Computer or Device

To checkout and download eBooks to your computer:

  1. Search EBSCOhost for eBook titles of interest.
  2. Select the book that you would like to read by clicking on “Download This eBook (Offline)” in the result list
  3. Select a Checkout Period and click “Checkout & Download”
  4. When the File Download box opens, select “Open” and the eBook opens in Adobe® Digital Editions.
  5. Keep in mind that any download is temporary (1 to 7 days). 

IMPORTANT: These directions are for general use EBSCO eBooks, NOT the eBooks you want to use for course textbooks. Remember, we do not want to download the book as it restricts access to others.

eBook Requirements

Adobe Digital Editions

In order to view EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.

Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available at this link:

Recommended Browser Settings for EBSCO eBooks

Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and older are not compatible with eBooks in EPUB format. To view an EPUB format eBook, we recommended these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 or later.