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This guide provides an overview of some of the more common ebook sites offered by the OWU Libraries and how to access them.


A *select* number of textbooks are available as ebooks on our database platforms.

Please note the following: 

  • We do *not* have ebook versions available for all course texts.
  • Some of the ebooks allow only one or three users at a time. 
  • Limits on access and availability are set by publishers, not the library or university.

Have more questions about e-textbooks available from the library? Contact us!

Current Semester Titles

Fall 2021 E-Textbooks

The following list includes links to available e-textbooks for current semester courses. 

Course Instructor Title Link No. of Users Platform Ebook ISBN
BIOL 122 Riechard ; Anderson Biology Unlimited Access OpenStax 9781947172524
BOMI 344 Anderson Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Unlimited Access SpringerLink 9781441995049
BWS 105 Quaye Blue-chip Black Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780520940697
BWS 200 3 Quaye Race Trouble Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780739167083
BWS 350 Mahoney Black Masculinity and the Cinema of Policing Unlimited Access OhioLINK Electronic Book Center 9783319661704
BWS 350 Mahoney Scripting the Black Masculine Body : Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780791482377
CS 255 McCulloch Computer Organization and Design : The Hardware/Software Interface Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780124078864
CS 300 1 McCulloch Data Mining : Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques Unlimited Access Safari O'Reilly 9780128042915
CS 360 McCulloch Introduction to Algorithms Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780262270830
ECON 110 Georgic Principles Of Economics Unlimited Access OpenStax 9781947172371
EDUC 359 Nobel Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781416620198
EDUC 359 Nobel New Art and Science of Teaching: More Than Fifty New Instructional Strategies for Academic Success Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781943874972
EDUC 490 Nobel Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K8 : Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781452282534
EDUC 490 Nobel Classwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports : A Guide to Proactive Classroom Management Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781462519514
ENG 145 Caplan The Wonders of the Invisible World Unlimited Access Hathi Trust n/a
ENG 150/250 Caplan Henry V (Oxford Annotated) Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780198129127
ENG 176 DeMarco The Middle English Breton Lays Unlimited Access OhioLINK Electronic Book Center n/a
ENG 182 Butcher Mrs. Caliban Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781504039116
ENVS 100 1 Krygier Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781118451540
HIST 114 Flamm Pivotal Tuesdays : Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780812291711
HIST 115 Baskes A History of the Cuban Revolution Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781118942291
HIST 262 Hysell The Book of Margery Kempe 3 Users at a time Ebook Central 9780191510151
HIST 262 Hysell British Isles: A History of Four Nations Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781107387812
HIST 332 Baskes A Lexicon of Terror : Argentina and the Legacies of Torture Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780199840373
PG 347 Franklin No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 Unlimited Access Cambridge Core Ebooks 9780511812125
PG 499 B Choi Foreign Policy Analysis : Classic and Contemporary Theory 6 Users at a time Ebook Central 9781442220058
REL 346 Michael The Trouble with Confucianism Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780674030312
WGS 110 Schrock Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9781439911853
WGS 310 Mahoney Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership Unlimited Access Ebook Central 9780199840373
WGS 310 Mahoney Black. Queer. Southern. Women : An Oral History Unlimited Access EBSCOHOST 9781469641119

Purchasing Course Ebooks

Students can buy physical and digital textbooks via the OWU Campus Store

Have questions about bookstore purchases? Email or call 740-368-3396. 

Sharing Course Ebooks

Some ebook versions of textbooks are available for rent and/or purchase via Amazon, directly from the publisher, or on platforms like VitalSource or RedShelf. This prompts some obvious questions: 


Why can't the library buy the ebook of Amazon, etc., and share the link?

Platforms like Amazon and VitalSource require individual accounts to identify buyers and users, so that only that account can access that purchased title. We can't provide a link to the whole university that would only work for one person.


But Amazon has family sharing!

Yes, Amazon allows Prime members to create a household/family library and the ability to share purchased content within that group. However, that group is limited to 2 adults and 4 children, and not all titles are not enabled for lending. In fact, most academic textbooks and bestsellers are *not* available for lending.

You can check and see if a title can be lent in your household group by looking at a title's Product Details section on their Amazon page: 

amazon product details lending enabled


Why are some titles available for the library to buy as ebooks and some aren't?

Ebook availability and access is determined by the book's publisher. They get to choose where it's sold and how it can be accessed. Within those parameters and those of our budget, the Library makes available as many titles as it can to as many people as it can.

Other Sources

Students should also check the ebook collections of their local public libraries. While most public libraries don't hold academic textbooks, they might have other titles on your class reading lists available for ebook checkout.