Electronic Books

In addition to the growing list of electronic journal subscriptions available on campus, access to electronic books is expanding as well.  Some e-book content is freely available (UW Digital Collections, Google Books, Hathi Trust) while other e-book titles are licensed and accessible only to UW Madison faculty, students and staff.

Searching MadCat using the author, title or topic fields automatically directs you to e-book titles from a variety of sources, including Hein Online Classics and the Making of Modern Law.  Listed below is the MadCat record for the book: Abraham Lincoln, the Lawyer-Statesman.  Notice the internet link to the digitized version, as well as a link to Google Books, plus the call number for the print copy at the Historical Society.

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To retrieve listings of e-books on a certain topic, use the guided search feature in MadCat.  Enter a topic or title and in the next field enter electronic book? and select these words as a phrase.

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This search produces 37 e-book entries with the word "antitrust" in the title. Upon selecting an e-book title, you will be prompted to log-in with your net ID.  A special reader is not necessary since full text e-books are viewed online and only a small percentage are available to download.  Printing e-book content is typically restricted by the publishers. 

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The Madison Public Library is another local source for fiction and non-fiction e-books, however you need to be a registered user with MPL before accessing this collection.

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on October 20, 2011

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