e-Book Collections

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Interdisciplinary Collections | Historical Collections | Reference Collections | Subject-Specific

Interdisciplinary Collections
  • ACLS humanities e-book collection
    Over 3,700 major scholarly works from all areas of the humanities, including online versions of printed works as well as original electronic publications.
  • Ebrary database e-book collection (see Ebrary FAQ)
    Ebrary provides a unique set of online database collections that combine more than 70,000 authoritative books and other documents from over 150 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. These aggregated collections cover academic disciplines including business and economics, computers, technology and engineering, humanities, life and physical science, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • EBSCO e-book collection
    Collection of electronic books available for reading and searching via the Internet. Book titles include both those academic titles specifically acquired by Notre Dame and a public domain collection of thousands of works including Project Gutenberg titles.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library (see HathiTrust FAQ)
    HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository that indexes over ten million volumes from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft and other partner institutions. The collection includes over one million full text volumes in the public domain that may be viewed online or downloaded as complete ebooks.
  • IEEE Wiley e-book collection
    This collection includes access to all IEEE-Wiley e-book titles from 1974-2013, including access to the complete backlist of more than 400 titles. The e-Books collection spans numerous content areas, including Bioengineering, Power & Energy and Communication technologies, among other growing areas of research.
  • JSTOR e-books
    The Hesburgh Libraries purchased nearly 700 humanities and social sciences e-book titles from JSTOR in 2013, from publishers including Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Harvard University Press, and more. Search across the full text of books, journals and primary sources at jstor.org, or find titles through the ND Catalog. Most titles can be downloaded as chapter-by-chapter PDFs.
  • Knovel e-books
    Search for scientific and engineering information via an extensive collection of engineering and scientific e-books from dozens of technical publishers and professional societies. Includes interactive tables & graphs. Subject areas include chemistry and chemical engineering, plastics and rubbers, semiconductors, advance materials, and safety, health and hygiene.
  • Oxford scholarship online
    A cross-searchable collection of full text for 2000+ Oxford books. Subject areas include economics and finance, philosophy, political science, religion, biology, business and management, classical studies, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, music, physics, and psychology.
  • Project Muse e-book collections
    2012-2015 complete collections
    A collection of scholarly books published by University Presses in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
  • Safari technology e-books
    Books on computers and information technology by key publishers such as O'Reilly, Wesley-Addison, Peachpit Press, Microsoft.
  • Wiley Online Library
    This is a selection of e-books in a variety of subjects from the 11,000 books made available by Wiley. If you'd like to recommend that other Wiley e-books be added to the Hesburgh Libraries' collection, please see Wiley's catalog.
  • WorldBank e-library
    Contains full-text works on social and economic development in a cross-searchable portal of over 4,500 World Bank documents. The collection consists of 1,800 World Bank e-book publications and over 2,700 Policy Research Working Papers.
Historical Collections
Digital full text version of major microfilm collections of books, most from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
  • American Theological Library Association (ATLA) historical monographs collection
    Series 1 (1300s-1893) | Series 2 (1894-1922)
    Series 1 consists of titles from the 13th century through the 1893 World Parliament of Religions with the majority of titles from the 19th century; Series 2 consists of titles published from 1894 through 1922. This collection offers material on the significant shifts in the religious identification of Americans and the growing interest and experimentation with non-Western religions.
  • Early American imprints. Series I, Evans (1639-1800)
    Covering American history and literature through the colonial period up to the eighteenth century, this database is a full-text digitization of the microform set Early American Imprints, Series I (1639-1800), which was itself based on the American bibliography of Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American bibliography. Offers fully searchable text and a browse feature with topical indexes. Bibliographic records created by the AAS are integrated into the database, providing additional access points.
  • Early American imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
    Covering every aspect of American life during the early decades of the United States, Early American Imprints, Series II (1801-1819) provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century. Based on the authoritative bibliography by Ralph B. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker and supplemented by thousands of new items. Offers fully searchable text and a browse feature with topical indexes. Bibliographic records created by the AAS are integrated into the database, providing additional access points.
  • ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    A comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which has aimed to include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800.
  • EEBO - Early English Books Online
    Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
  • Sabin Online
    Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions.
Reference Collections
  • Gale virtual reference library
    Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, and specialized handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias in a wide range of subject areas.
Subject-Specific Collections
  • Alexander Street Literature
    Full text digital collections including more than 250,000 pages of poetry, short fiction, and novels. Collections include: Black Short Fiction and Folklore; Black Women Writers; Caribbean Literature; Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period; Latin American Women Writers; Latino Literature; Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period South and Southeast Asian Literature
  • AMS Books Online (American Mathematical Society)
    The American Mathematical Society makes selected titles available to the mathematical community by posting books online. AMS Books Online comprises bookmarked PDF files that can be downloaded by chapter and may include corrections that are not in the printed version.
  • Black Thought and Culture
    Non-fiction published works of 1,098 leading African American authors. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.
  • Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation
    Nearly 2,000 individual titles written during the 16th and 17th centuries provide digital access to hundreds of hard-to-find works, including papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors' manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints' lives, and devotional works.
  • ENGnetBASE
    Searchable database of engineering handbooks from CRC Press. Topics include but are not limited to civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical and general engineering.  Licensed to 2 simultaneous users. 
  • GDZ Mathematical Literature (Göttingen Digitalisierungszentrum)
    The Mathematical Literature historical collection contains more than 1,500 monographs and more than 4,000 other works. "The GDZ was funded in 1997 as a department of the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and since then acts as a national and international service and competence center in terms of (retro-)digitizing for libraries and academic institutions.
  • Handbooks in economics
    Full-text coverage of such topics as development economics, income distribution, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, public economics, regional and urban economics, and health economics.
  • International Law e-Books Online
    Online version of the book publication program of Martinus Nijhoff Publishers in the broad field of international law. Subjects include, but are not limited to, Law of the Sea, international trade law, environmental law, European law, Islamic law, terrorism.
  • National Academies Press
    Online books in the physical and social sciences, accessible by subject and with full text searching capability, published since 1980 by The National Academy Press (NAP). This press was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Also includes information about the Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press, created with the goal of making books on science, technology, and health more widely available to professionals and the public.
  • SIAM e-Books
    Online books published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics over the past five decades.
  • SPIE e-Books
    Titles in three valuable series in optics and photonics: 1) SPIE Press Monographs are authoritative reference books, textbooks and handbooks; 2) Tutorial Texts cover fundamental and emerging topics at introductory and intermediate levels and 3) Field Guides present key information that students and practicing engineers and scientists need in a concise format. Subject areas include astronomy and astronomical optics, biomedical optics and medical imaging, communication and information technologies, defense and industrial sensing, electronic imaging and processing, micro- and nano- technologies, and optics and electro-optics. New titles will be regularly added.
  • Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
    Synthesis Collection One | Synthesis Collection Two | Synthesis Collection Three | Synthesis Collection Four | Synthesis Collection Five | Synthesis Collection Six | Synthesis Collection Seven
    An information service for the research, development, and educational community in engineering and computer science. Contains 50- to 200-page self-contained electronic documents, "lectures", which are organized into a hierarchical structure of disciplines and series. Each is authored by a prominent contributor to the field. New series and lectures are added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed. Available holdings include the following collections: Synthesis Collection One, Synthesis Collection Two, Synthesis Collection Three, Synthesis Collection Four, Synthesis Collection Five, Synthesis Collection Six, Synthesis Collection Seven and Computer & Information Science Collection Two.
  • University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection
    The University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection is a growing library of [more than 900] books selected from the University of Michigan mathematics collection that have been digitized to improve access and to preserve the content of these books. All of the books in this collection were published in the 19th or early 20th century.