Check out Safari Books Online

Safari

Log into your portal to access the Library’s databases.

Did you know that you have access to over 15,000 ebooks in business and technology from your student or faculty portal account? The Safari Books Online digital library, available through the Cybrary, provides online access to technology, creative, and business books from leading publishers and authors. You can find ebooks on design, graphic design, illustration and graphics, CAD, photography, photo manipulation, and web design and development, among other topics.

Log into your portal account. Click on the Library link in the upper menu. Click on Find articles and ebooks under the e-Resources icon on the Library home page. You will see a list of databases and ebook collections; scroll to the very bottom to Safari Books Online. Clicking on the URL in the title will open a page in a new window.

You may browse by using the featured categories in the column on the left of the screen. For example, open up Digital Media and click on CAD. You may scroll down the list of 37 ebooks returned in your search, or sort them by publication date.

However, you may search the entire available Safari Book collection by typing in search terms in the box at the upper right. For example, “Adobe Photoshop CS6” returns 146 ebooks. These results can be narrowed further by using the terms on the left of the screen, such as Publication Year.

By clicking on the title of a book, you open up a record giving you more information about the publication, including an overview of the book and a table of contents. The table of contents has direct links to the chapter or topic you wish to read. Or you may click on the Start Reading button on the upper right which takes you to the full text of the book. The full text of all these publications can be read right online on your computer!

Just a few caveats, however. Only a quota of a few pages can be printed; you are not allowed to print out the full book. (Why would you want to?) Also, no more than one person at a time is allowed to log into a book.

Please check out this great source for the latest editions of technical manuals and most recent publications to support your classroom projects!

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