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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Remote Resources for a Distance Learning Environment: eBooks

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How to Find eBooks

The Lloyd Sealy Library has a vast number of electronic books that are available remotely for John Jay College students, faculty and staff.  Use OneSearch from our library's homepage to find ebooks.  Limit to Books (under the search box) if you wish to find books only:

OneSearch search box

In addition to searching for ebooks in OneSearch, our library has separate collections of electronic booksFind those ebook collections in our Ebooks libguide.  Here are links to a few of those collections:

  • eBook Central (formerly Ebrary)—  thousands of ebooks on scholarly subjects.  Covers a range of disciplines, including some science. During the COVID-19 outbreak, ebooks, single user or limited user access has been suspended.
  • Taylor and Francis eBooks  —  over 1,000 ebooks from the CRCnetBase database collections including FORENSICnetBASE, InfoSECURITYnetBASE, AND STATSnetBASE.

Login for eBooks in OneSearch

Anyone off campus can search for materials in OneSearch, however, most electronic resources come from our library databases where material is restricted to John Jay and/or CUNY users. You may be prompted to login to our John Jay login page: 

 

 

Enter your username as your firstname.lastname from your John Jay email account.  Do not include the @ sign or "jjay.cuny.edu."  For example, John Smith's email is  john.smith@jjay.cuny.edu.  Therefore, enter "john.smith."  Do not worry about capitalization. 

The password to enter is the password you created for your John Jay email address.  If you never changed it, the initial password is jj plus the last 4 digits of your social security number, i.e. jj1234.  Passwords must be changed every 90 days.  So remember to enter your current working password.

If you don't remember your email password or it's not working and you need to change it, use the password reset site at http://reset.jjay.cuny.edu and enter your new password.  If you need help with your John Jay email account, please send an email to the DoIt helpdesk:  helpdesk@jjay.cuny.edu.

If you are directed to log into OneSearch:

 

 

Use the library barcode on the back of your John Jay College ID card.  If you do not have a library barcode, or if your barcode is not working, please contact a John Jay librarian via email or chat.

 

Downloading/Saving eBooks

All of our Library's electronic books can be read online as long as you are connected to the internet.  Most of our ebooks can also be downloaded in one of two ways:

  1. As a PDF image that can be read with Adobe Reader software that lets you read, search, print, and interact with virtually any type of PDF file, or 
  2. Using Adobe Digital Editions, which is a freely available system for viewing  and managing ebooks, that must be installed on your device.

Ebooks downloaded as PDFs can typically only be downloaded a chapter at a time which you may save to your device and the file never expires.

Ebooks downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions can usually be downloaded in their entirety, however, it will expire after a set period of time, just as you have to return print books that are borrowed from your library.

Click here for a step-to-step guide for accessing, reading and downloading ebooks.

eBook Collections

Find ebook collections in our Ebooks libguide.  Here are links to a few of those collections:

  • eBook Central (formerly Ebrary)—  thousands of ebooks on scholarly subjects.  Covers a range of disciplines, including some science. During the COVID-19 outbreak, ebooks, single user or limited user access has been suspended.
  • Taylor and Francis eBooks  —  over 1,000 ebooks from the CRCnetBase database collections including FORENSICnetBASE, InfoSECURITYnetBASE, AND STATSnetBASE.

TEMPORARILY AVAILABILITY DUE TO COVID-19

NOTE for faculty: A majority of our ebooks allow for an unlimited number of simultaneous users, however there are exceptions.  Before assigning an ebook to an entire class, please check the title to determine how many users can simultaneously access the ebook. Ebook Central is lifting these restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Open Access Ebook Sources

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

DOAB

DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) provides open access to over 854 Academic peer-reviewed books from 25 publishers.

DOAJ

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is a collection of peer-reviewed open access e-journals

Hathi Trust Digital Library

a repository providing access to public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 1.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.

NCBI Bookshelf

free online access to ebooks and documents in life sciences and healthcare.

Open Access on Project Muse

open access (OA) books from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.

 Project Gutenberg

library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

 Project Muse

open access ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies.

Standard Ebooks

The Standard Ebooks project is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebook dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing whole ebooks files themselves into the public domain.