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Guide on Using and accessing the eBooks at BHI Libraries

eBooks - Basics

Electronic books or eBooks are available in full text on-line. We subscribe to several collections of eBooks.

Ebook Central eBooks - over 800 eBooks on various categories.

Informit eBooks - over 300 predominantly Australian eBooks.

Ebscohost eBooks - wide range of eBooks via Ebscohost subscriptions

ScienceDirect eBooks - selected science related titles. Look for "open access" books to read free. 

Ebsco eBooks - selected eBooks on various categories.

Oxford reference online - dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference titles over 300, on a variety of topics.

Use the following link to access all these collections. e-Books

You may need to login with your Box Hill Institute ID and password for some of the collections.

Most of the ebooks from the above collections are subject to copyright.

Benefits of using ebooks:

  1. Instantaneous access from any location with Internet access via StudentWeb
  2. Many ebooks are downloadable to your computer and/or smart phone/tablet device.
  3. Ebooks are portable. open it in a laptop, notebook or any device of your choice via Wi-Fi.
  4. unlimited numbers of people can access at one time.
  5. Can contain audio, video, and animations which can enhance the explanation.
  6. Can search, copy and print (some limits apply).

Usually ebook files will be available in either PDF or ePub format.


Generally etext books have quizzes, interactive facilities and learning materials. Many textbook publishers do not licence etextbooks to academic libraries with unlimited access; this situation may change in future. eBooks in this category are often available for purchase by individuals.