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Education Research and Resources

This guide introduces the most useful resources for research in education and provides some advice about conducting research in education.

Finding eBooks

Students have access to over 400,000 digital books on a vast array of subjects. You can access the ebooks in two ways. In both cases, you will be asked for your OpenAthens login if you are working off-campus (at home or elsewhere).

  • You can open the Online Library of the MAYFLOWER. This special search is for online materials only, such as ebooks and streaming video.
  • You can go directly to the eBook Collection homepage that's part of the Online Resources A-Z. Especially recommended is the collection named  Ebook Academic Collection Complete (EBSCO)
  • In either case, you can then search for e-books by author, title, subject, or keywords. 

How to Use eBooks Effectively

When an ebook opens, scan the table of contents or the index for topics of interest to you. You can then use the page number to navigate to the page you want and use Next and Previous to read forward and backward from that point.

You can also use the Search tab in the eBook Collection navigation frame to search for keywords in the book you are using. Using the links in the results, you'll be able to navigate to each instance of your words in the book.

Due to copyright restrictions, you can only print the ebooks one page at a time.

However, we can also supply you with a print copy: a Piedmont University copy (if available in our collection) or from another library. Click on the Interlibrary Loan link in the left-hand column for more information.

If you're a Windows user, you should have the Adobe Reader installed for viewing e-books.  If you're an Apple OS X user, you should read the Working Online guide, using the tab above, about how to install the Adobe Reader and configure it properly for viewing titles in the eBook Collection.