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Help with NetLibrary E-Books

Below are instructions for browsing, searching, navigating, and printing when using the NetLibrary e-book interface.

To open this e-book, click on "View this ebook" on the left side of the opening screen.

(If this option does not appear, try re-starting your browser.)

The next screen should display an image of the book cover on the right side of the screen and the table of contents ("Contents") on the left side.


When you click on the name of any section in the Contents column, you will go to the first page of that section.

When you click on any of the plus-signs (+) to the left or above a section, you will open (or "explode") the sub-divisions of that section.   Then you can click on the individual section or entry you want.

If there is an Index at the bottom of the Contents column, you can browse through the alphabetically-arranged entries there.  The Index in some e-books will have clickable page references, while other will require you to copy a page number from the Index to the Page box (upper right, above book text).


To search the contents of the book you viewing, use the " Search this eContent" option, beneath the Contents column.

  • To search for forms of a word, use an asterisk (*) to substitute for one or more letters. Example:  metaphor* retrieves metaphor, metaphorical, metaphors , etc.
  • To search for entries containing more than one word, combine the words with AND.   Example:  religio* AND colonialis*
  • To search for multi-words terms or phrases, enclose the words with quotations marks.  Example:  "native american*"


You can move from one page to another only by using the "Previous," "Next," and "Page" options, on the upper-right side of the screen.


To print a page, click on the Print icon above the text, on the right side of the screen.

You may print only the page you are viewing.