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Finding and Using eBooks

This guide highlights Union Presbyterian Seminary Library eBook collections as well as offering discovery and access instruction.

Oxford Academic


  • eBook chapters are in PDF format.
    • Oxford Academic eBooks are available to one user at a time. If you are unable to access a particular title, wait for approximately one hour and try again.
    • Oxford Reference eBooks are available to an unlimited number of users at one time.
    • Can be read in the browser by one user at a time using the Adobe reader or other PDF reader plugin.
    • Chapters may also be downloaded and printed.

Downloading and Printing:

  • Can only download or print a chapter at a time.  
    • Oxford Academic does not intend for entire eBooks to be downloaded and printed.
    • The Oxford Academic privacy policy and legal notice explains how downloaded material maybe accessed and used, under the heading Subscriber Services.
    •  Particular titles may have further download or print restrictions, found on the individual pages of that particular eBook.
  • Downloading, Printing and More:
    • Individual chapters may be selected in the Contents section of each eBook and downloaded in PDF format to be saved or printed.
    • There are also citation, share and split view options available in the same floating toolbar that stays at the top of the screen as you read in your web browser.

Highlighting and annotating:

  • This can be done using comments on your saved PDFs.

Mobile Access:

  • Downloaded PDFs of book chapters can be read on devices that support PDFs, i.e. compatible with: Android®, Kindle®, Nook®, iPad®, iPhone, iPod Touch®, Bluefire Reader app.


When searching in Oxford Academic, use the availability feature on the left to see what titles Union Presbyterian Seminary Library has access to.

Oxford Academic Personal Account

An account is not required, but consider signing up for a free account if you would like to: 

Oxford Academic Account

  • View your “Most Recent” search activity on a tab

For More Assistance

Click the lower case "i" or information icon at top of the page on the Oxford Academic website.  

Watch the Overview of Academic Online below for more information on personal accounts, access and tools


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