Q. How do I search only for e-books within NCU Library?


There are a few different ways to locate e-books in the Library.

If you are looking for a specific book title, use Find a Resource to see if the Library provides access to it in electronic book format. Find a Resource is the next tab over from Roadrunner Search, the central search box found on the Library’s homepage.

Screenshot of the Find a Resource search box.

Type the book title into the search box and click Search. If you do not know the exact title, but at least know one or more words contained within the title, select “Title contains all words” from the drop-down menu to the left. Then, type in your terms and click Search. If the Library has access to the e-book, the title will appear in your record results. Click on the hyperlinked database name which appears below the book title to access the full-text e-book.

Find a Resource search results screen.

If you wish to search for books on a specific topic, you can do so using Roadrunner Search or one of the Library’s e-book databases found on the Find an E-Book page.

To search only for books using Roadrunner Search, type your keyword search into the box and click Go. Then, on your results page look to the “Refine Results” area on the left hand side of your screen. Scroll down to the Source Types limiter and check mark the box next to Books. Make sure to also check mark the box next to Full Text under “Limit To” to ensure your results only contain e-books which are immediately accessible through NCU Library.

Roadrunner Search results screen with Books selected under the Source Types limiter.

You can also search for books on a specific topic using one of the Library’s e-book databases found on the Find an E-Book page. For any topic, we recommend starting with the Ebook Central database on this page as it is our largest collection of e-books containing over 200,000 titles.

If you cannot locate a book in full text electronic format through NCU Library, please see our FAQ on possible alternatives for acquiring books.

  • Last Updated Jan 21, 2019
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