Northampton College Libraries has collections with two ebook platforms; a large collection on Dawsonera and over 400 titles on ebrary. You can find the details, including how to access the ebooks, for both platforms below.












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How can I log in?


Click on the image above and a new window will open. You will be prompted to enter your Northampton College username and password. When you have entered your username and password click 'continue'. You will now have access to the collection.


How can I find an ebook?


There are a few ways to find a ebook.

1. Home Page On the home page of Dawsonera you will see a selection ebooks; Most Viewed, Recently Added and Recently Viewed. The ebook that you want may be there.

2. Search At the top of the home page there is a search bar, you can use this to find the ebook you are looking for.

3. Browse by subject. On the left hand side of the screen is a list of subjects, click on the subject you are interested in and you will be shown a list of ebooks.

4. My Bookshelf On the right hand side of the screen is 'My Bookshelf' this is where you can add ebooks that you think are important.


When you have found an ebook that you are interested in click on the image of the cover of the ebook.


How can I read an ebook?


You have two options, you can read the ebook online or you can download the ebook. In Dawsonera it is recommended that you download the ebook, as it is easier to read this way.


How can I download an ebook?


If you want to download a ebook, click on the icon that is shown below.



After you have clicked the icon choose how long you want the downloaded ebook to be available to you. You can download an ebook for up to 7 days. After you have selected the amount of time click 'download' and then save the file. The ebook will be saved as a pdf file and you can view as you would any other pdf.


How can I view an ebook online?


To view the ebook click on the icon that is shown below.


How can I navigate an ebook online?


1. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a list of contents, you can click on these to go to the page that you are most interested in.

2. On either side of the image of the ebook are arrows, you can use these to move the page forwards and backwards.


How can I zoom in online?


Different browsers display the ebooks differently, the instructions that follow are for Internet Explorer only. When you are on the page that you want to read, right click on the page, from the menu select 'Marquee Zoom'. The curser will change to a magnifying glass, click the text until it becomes readable. To move around a single page right click on the page and select 'Hand Tool'. Your curser will change into a hand, you can now click-and-drag to move the page.


How can I add an ebook to 'My Bookshelf'?


If you have found an ebook that you think you may need again in the future you can add it to 'My Bookshelf'. This is a way to favourite a ebook so that you can find it more easily in the future. To add an ebook click on the star.



The star will become yellow and the ebook is now on 'My Bookshelf'. 'My Bookshelf' is always visible on the right hand side of the screen.



How can I log in?


Click on the image above and a new window will open. Click on 'Sign In' at the top right of the page. You will be asked which organisation you would like to sign in with, in the box type and select 'Northampton College IdP', click 'Continue'. You will then be asked for your log in details, enter your Northampton College username and password and click 'Continue'.


How can I find an ebook?


There are a few ways that you can find an ebook.

1. Search At the top of the screen there is a search box. Type your query into the box and click 'Search'. You will be presented with a list of ebooks. You can refine your search by using the options at the top of the screen.

2. Browse by Subject In the centre of the screen you will find a list of subjects. If you click on the subject you will be taken to a list of books relevant to that subject. You will also be given options to refine your search.

3. Recommended Titles On the right hand side of the screen there is a list of recommended titles. You may find what you are looking for there.

4. Bookshelf At the top of the screen there is a tab labelled 'Bookshelf' this is where items that you have sleceted as favourite are located.


When you have found an ebook that you are interested in click on the picture of the cover.


How can I read an ebook?


There are two ways in which you can read an ebook; you can view the ebook online or you can download it. In ebrary it is recommended that you view the book online as it is easy to use and you can access other tools.


How can I view an ebook online?


When you select an ebook you will be taken to it's Quick View page. On the right hand side of the page you can find a list of contents which provides links to various parts of the ebook. At the top of the viewer are tools for navigation and zoom and highlighting.


How can I download an ebook?


To download an ebook click the download link in either the search page or the Quick View page. You will be presented with some options. You can choose to download a particular chapter or a range of pages (max. 60) as pdf files which you can keep indefinitely or the entire book for 14 days. If you choose to download the entire ebook you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions to be able to read the file.


How can I add an ebook to 'Bookshelf'?


If there is an ebook that you think is useful and would like to view again, you can add it to your 'Bookshelf'. To do so you can click the 'Add to my Bookshelf' link in either the search page or the Quick View page.


What else can I do?


In the Quick View page, there are many useful tools. If you highlight a piece of text and right-click you can search for that text in Wikipedia, Google, Bing, BBC, CNN, YouTube and more.