eBook Collections

About eBook Collections

Although many electronic books (eBooks) are bought individually, the Library acquires (purchases, subscribes to, or gets from free sources) the vast majority of eBooks in large batches known as collections.

eBook collections can be organized by:

  • titles on a similar subject
  • titles by one publisher
  • titles with different subjects and different publishers

The table on this page lists the eBook collections that the Library provides access to.

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eBook Collections

eBook Collection Title Description
ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal) Thousands of electronic books in accessible formats for those with a print disability registered with the ALC.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection of ebooks in humanities and social sciences.
Atla Historical Monographs Collection Monographs from 13th century to early 1900s on religious language, development, and relationships with other issues.
Bloomsbury resources All the resources available from Bloomsbury Publishing. See the "View full description" page for how to get access.)
Cambridge Histories The complete collection of this series covering history of Britain, science, art, politics and religion among others.
Canadian Publishers Collection Collection of ebooks published by Canadian presses.
Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences Collection of ebooks covering topics such as cell and molecular biology and bio-medicine, including the neurosciences.
CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection (CPACHB) Provides access to the CPA's Accounting Handbook and additional resources.
desLibris Collection of Canadian books and public documents.
doab: directory of open access books Search tool for tens of thousands of open access academic peer-reviewed books.
Early English Books Online (via ProQuest) Full text, in facsimile, of more than 125,000 literary and historical texts as listed in the English Short Title Catalogue.
eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost) Collection of over a hundred thousand full-text electronic books on a variety of topics.
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) Collection of several thousand full-text electronic books on a variety of topics. (Only one user per book at a time.)
EBSCOhost databases (all) Search all EBSCOhost databases at once.
eDuke Books: Scholarly Collection Electronic books published by Duke University Press, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.
EEBO: Early English Books Online Full text, in facsimile, of more than 125,000 literary and historical texts as listed in the English Short Title Catalogue.
emerald insight Collection of books and journals published by Emerald, chiefly for management and technology.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Selection of reference works in the sciences and social sciences.
Google Books Searches the contents of a growing number of books. Link to "find this book" to see if owned at Laurier.
HathiTrust Digital Library Growing collection of digitized texts from a consortium of American research universities.
Internet Archive: eBooks and Texts A collection of more than 20 million freely available books and texts.
Literature Online Full text of more than 355,000 works in English, American and Canadian literature.
Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library Baker's Biographical Dictionary and other reference sources.
National Academies Press Over 4,000 free PDF ebooks in science, engineering and medicine. Requires free registration.
OECD iLibrary Access books, articles, reports & statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Oxford Reference A collection of online dictionaries and encyclopedias on a wide variety of topics.
Oxford Reference: Earth Sciences and Geography Full-text interdisciplinary scholarly encyclopdias and dictionaries in the field of Environmental Studies
Oxford Reference: Life Sciences
Oxford Reference: Literature Collection of dictionaries and companions to literature, chiefly in English.
Oxford Reference: Mathematics and Computer Science Reference works covering mathematics and computer science subjects.
Oxford Reference: Performing Arts Collection of dictionaries and companions to theatre, music and dance.
Oxford Scholarship Online Ebook collection (>4k) strong in philosophy, religion, business & economics, and science.
Oxford Scholarship Online: Psychology Collection of over 200 psychology ebooks from Oxford Scholarship Online.
Oxford Scholarship Online: Social Work Collection of over 90 social work ebooks from Oxford Scholarship Online.
Oxford Text Archive Thousands of texts collected, organized, preserved and made available by University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries.
Past Masters Full-text authoritative works by seminal figures in the Humanities.
Project Gutenberg Collection of tens of thousands of free, mostly US-public-domain books.
ProQuest Ebook Central Ebook platform for many full-text scholarly, trade, and university press titles acquired by Laurier Library.
PsycBOOKS Full-text books and book chapters from the American Psychological Association.
RSC Publishing Access to Royal Society of Chemistry journals, current and ceased, including the earliest issues (pre-1996), which are held in the RSC Archive section. Searchable.
Sage Knowledge Social sciences books by Sage Publications. Primarily Sociology, Education, and Business & Management.
Scholars Portal Books Electronic books from various publishers and coverage various subjects.
ScienceDirect Journals and books published by Elsevier, primarily in the sciences.
Springer Link Thousands of books and journals primarily in the sciences, published by Springer.
Taylor & Francis Group Platform for electronic books published by Taylor & Francis.
University Press Scholarship Online Large ebook collection on a wide variety of topics from various university presses.
University Press Scholarship Online: Philosophy Collection of ebooks on topics in philosophy.
Very Short Introductions Collection of introductory books on a variety of topics including arts, humanities, law, health, science, and social sciences.
Wiley Online Library Access to publications by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. including journals, books, databases, and lab protocols.