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Electronic Resources: E-Books

A complete guide to the Unizulu Electronic Resources.

What are e-books?

E-books are online versions of print books that our library has either purchased with a continual licenses or via pre-determined subscription period. E-books that are owned are available to the library permanently, with the aim of being preserved and accessed in a long term.

Advantages of e-Books

eBooks offer a number of advantages compared to printed materials.  Users can:

  • Download titles to mobile devices.
  • Search within a book for specific words or phrases
  • Save, print, or email chapters or sections
  • Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
  • Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
  • Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
  • Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools (i.e. EndNote)
  • Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking
  • Place holds on titles with limited simultaneous user licenses (though most titles are available for unlimited access)

How to access e-Books?

All UNIZULU eBook are available via the library e-catalog on The library e-catalog will provide users with the link to a database where the e-Book is located. After clicking on the link, you will be required to log in using your Open Athens details for full preview and download. 

Open Athens  is the system used to authenticate users authorized to access the library’s licensed electronic resources. In order to access most of the UNIZULU Library’s electronic resources – whether on campus or off campus users have to sign-in using Open Athens. To access the system, use the same credentials for signing in to your UNIZULU Email, WiFi, or Lab Access

How to Save, Print, Email eBook Chapters

Different publishers have different rules with regards to printing and redistribution of e-book content.


  • 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

For an example: EBSCO allows up to 100 pages of an eBook to be printed, saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewer to be printed at a later time.

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