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Using E-books: Books24x7

E-books for research use.

Books24x7 Quick Facts

Provides full-text access to over 20,000 e-books in four collections: BusinessPro, FinancePro, EngineeringPro and ITPro. Accompanying tables can be downloaded in excel format for further manipulation. The database supports full-text keyword searching and allows bookmarking of pages with annotations.

Main Site: http://library.ust.hk/cgi/db/24x7.pl
Mobile Site: http://mobile.books24x7.com
Coverage: varies
Library Holdings: view catalog
Users: unlimited simultaneous users
Subjects: business, engineering, finance and information technology
Features: by creating personal folders, users can organize titles of interest by topic, project or other preference for quick retrieval. Users can bookmark, add notes and add titles to their existing personal folders, enabling them to organize particularly useful and relevant content.
Viewing Content: build-in browse tools are available at the top navigation bar of every page.
Printing: print one small piece of a chapter at a time on screen.
Downloading: offers PDF download for selected publishers only, e.g. IBM Redbooks and SkillSoft Press.
Supported mobile device or apps: a full featured mobile website optimized for viewing on smartphones, including iPhone, BlackBerry® and other devices that have browser capabilities.
More Information: Online Help

 

Navigating Books24x7 Site

 

  1. Start searching for content using the search box which is found at the top of most pages.
  2. Browse through new and popular titles found in the "My Home Folders" on the "My Home" page.
  3. Use the Browse Topics tree to drill down the list of topics and subtopics to find lists of titles.
  4. Use the browse tools found just below the search box in order to use many of the features such as saving titles to folders and sharing bookmarks with others.

Additional features with Books24x7:

  • Search: The Search box is found at the top of every page.
  • Browse tools: Use these to save items, create notes and bookmarks, etc.
  • Personal folders: Create folders to suit your needs.
  • Manage folders: Create, rename, delete and empty folders. Move titles from one folder to another.
  • Browse topics: Search for a title by selecting a topic.

Downloading a Books24x7 E-book

In most cases, you can neither download a book chapter nor can you download the whole book. Currently, only selected publishers such as IBM Redbooks and SkillSoft Press support download in PDF format.  The "Download" icon is visible for titles with download option.

1. Search by publishers

  • Enter publisher name in the search box, e.g. IBM Redbooks.
  • Select “publishers” option from the pull-down menu.
  • Select from available collections.
  • Click GO.

2. Print and Download chapter PDF

  • You can print one small piece of a chapter at a time on screen; or
  • If chapter download is available for a given title, this icon  will appear to the right of the cover graphic when viewing a chapter.

  • In each chapter, click to download the chapter in PDF format.
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