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This LibGuide provides a list of the library's electronic book collections, answers to frequently asked questions, typical features, advantages, and some quick facts and statistics.
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Quick Facts & Statistics

  • The library at Xavier University has over 118, 500 electronic books. 
  • The library purchased 40,000 e-books in academic year 2008/2009, 14,000 in 2009/2010, and 33,000 in 2010/2011.
  • Access the libary's e-books directly or through XPLORE Library Catalog.
  • To quickly identify an electronic book, look for the e-book icon in your XPLORE search results.



Typical Features

Typical Features

  • Clickable table of contents
  • Seach within the book
  • Navigate through pages
  • Print 30-60 pages
  • Export to RefWorks (see RefWorks help for each collection)
  • Stable links to specific books (see XLinks help for each collection)

Not so Typical Features

  • Search word navigation
  • Xlickable index
  • Ability to create notes
  • Ability to highlight text
  • Ability to copy and paste text
  • Magnify text
  • Jump to a page
  • Stable links to specific articles
  • Ability to download to a hand-held device



The Library's Electronic Book Collections


Humanities eBooks

Scholarly books that are great for history and other humanities disciplines. 

Credo Reference

Reference books that cover subjects from art to technology.


Scholarly books that cover life, physical, social, and behavioral sciences. 

EBSCO eBooks


netLibrary scholarly books that cover a broad range of topcs.

  Gale Virtual Reference

Reference books and book chapters that cover art to science.

 OhioLINK eBooks

Scholarly and reference books that cover a broad range of topics.

Oxford Reference

Reference books that cover a broad range of academic disciplines.

Oxford Scholarship

Scholarly books that cover a broad range of academic disciplines.

 Safari Tech Books

Technology books that cover artificial intelligence to software engineering.


Search XPLORE for eBooks

by for

Advanced Search | RefWorks Help


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of using electronic books? Use electronic books for off-campus or online learning students, for information found only in the back-of-the-book index, when multiple simultaneous users is necessary, or when you need to search within a book

Can faculty request the library purchase a book in electronic format? We are just beginning to do this and have been successful in some cases. It never hurts to ask.


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