At a glance

Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library

Finding ebooks in the digital stacks

Hands-on resources as examples for this workshop.

Discovery Tools

SearchWorks, the Stanford Libraries Catalog, includes ebooks. 

SearchWorks contains bibliographic data and may also include a brief description and table of contents.

Google Books icon
[Mountain View, Calif.] : Google.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Google Book Search is a tool that searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. It provides online access to full text of public domain and out-of-copyright books, reproduced either from text provided by publishers or by the libraries. In Google Book Search, the user may view pages from the book, find out 'more about this book', examine content-related advertisements, and use links to the publisher's web site and booksellers. For books under copyright, Google limits the number of viewable pages and attempts to prevent page print and text copying.
Santa Fe, N.M.: Deep Web Technologies
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
xSearch enables Stanford students and researchers to search multiple resources at one time.  The 250+ resources in xSearch include abstracts and indexes, full-text ejournal and ebooks, patents, technical reports, reference materials, etc.
[Norwich, N.Y.] : Knovel, 2003-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Knovel provides access to over 2,000 leading reference works and databases from over 50 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface. Includes the ability to search numeric data.  Some books have interactive tables.
Book Citation Index - circle view
[New York, N.Y.] : Thomson Reuters.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The Book Citation Index is designed to enhance the powerful discovery and analysis capabilities of Web of Science by incorporating comprehensive book citation data and enabling researchers to search across books, journals and proceedings. Books are indexed at the chapter level, resulting in improved searches and deeper insights into the citing behavior between books and the wider world of scholarly research. Content for the Book Citation Index is comprised of scholarly books, both electronic and print, that present fully referenced articles of original research or reviews of the literature, and has been carefully selected based on well-defined criteria to offer the most significant literature available. The index contains more than 40,000 books, with 10,000 new books added each year. Covers 2005-present.

Searching images

ScienceDirect eBooks
[S.l.] : ScienceDirect, Elsevier Science, c1999-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Offers comprehensive coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines, including those published under the renowned Pergamon and Academic Press imprints, over 5,300 monograph and series books are now fully integrated with journals, book series, handbooks and reference works on ScienceDirect.
Springer Images - 50 percent size image
SpringerImages is a growing collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields. The continually updated collection gathers photos, graphs, histograms, figures, and tables, and is available as a searchable online database. The SpringerImages interface enables users to search through captions, keywords, context and more, even jumping from the image to the source article. Users can create personalized image "sets, " and can easily export images for use in their own presentations or lectures.
New York : Thieme, c2004-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
This collection provides a resource for learning, review, and research in medicine and the life sciences. It systematically covers every course in the medical school curriculum and includes basic science volumes of interdisciplinary interest. Packed with illustrations, titles have been used for nearly 50 years by medical students and professionals alike. The innovative electronic version retains the outstanding educational utility of the print books, but incorporates powerful search functions.

Browse vs. search

Sometimes it is helpful to browse instead of search if you are trying to learn about what's being published for a particular subject area or in a specific reference book such as an encyclopedia. 

ACS Sympoisum Series
Washington, D.C. : American Chemical Society, 1974-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The ACS Symposium Series (1974–present) contains high-quality, peer-reviewed books developed from the ACS technical divisions’ symposia. The series covers a broad range of topics. Published between 1950–1973, Advances in Chemistry was the predecessor to the ACS Symposium Series. This high-quality, peer-reviewed book series was instituted to provide the research community with an avenue to publish content and special topics that was beyond the scope of the Society’s existing journals.
RSC eBooks
London : Royal Society of Chemistry, [200-?]-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The Royal Society of Chemistry eBook Collection is a definitive point of reference for anyone working in the chemical sciences. Over 700 books spanning 40 years have been brought together, digitized as pdf files and made fully searchable. The result is a comprehensive overview of research and opinion in a multitude of areas of chemical science.
Wiley Online Library
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Wiley has nearly 10,000 books online and hundreds of multi-volume reference works. Stanford has purchased a large number of science and engineering titles. View chapter summaries, download PDFs, save publications and chapters, search for related content, export citations, and click through to references.
7th ed. Weinheim, Germany : Wiley-VCH ; New York : J. Wiley & Sons, 2009-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
"This state-of-the-art reference work details the science and technology in all areas of industrial chemistry. Subject areas include: inorganic and organic chemicals, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, biotechnology and biotechnological products, food chemistry, process engineering and unit operations, analytical methods, environmental protection, etc."
3rd ed. / Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD8.5 .A25 2006
"An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound. The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. It is also an excellent resource for learning how to effectively communicate scientific information." (publisher's description)

Individual publishers

The Swain Library's eBook page contains a list of selected publishers of potential interest to chemists and chemical engineers.  Sites we will visit in this workshop are listed below.  Swain Library's Collections pages contain other types of books such as reference books which are added to topic guides.

Palo Alto, Calif. : Annual Reviews, Inc.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Annual Reviews publishes authoritative, analytic reviews in 42 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature. Updated continuously, covers 1932-present.
[Boca Raton, Fla.] : CRC Press ; London : Taylor and Francis Group.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
CRCnetBASE, a Science, Technology, and Medicine eBook platform from CRC Press, offers a comprehensive eBook collection that delivers more than 9,300 references in over 350 subject areas and more than 40 collections.
[Columbus, OH] : McGraw-Hill
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Delivers comprehensive authoritative information that accelerates research and innovation, and features content from a broad range of must-have McGraw-Hill engineering publications, including the latest editions of classics such as Perry's Chemical Engineers Handbook.
Berlin, Germany ; New York : Springer, 1997-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Provides online, full-text access to Springer's e-book titles, as well as titles from other publishers. Subjects include: life sciences, chemical sciences, environmental sciences, geosciences, computer science, mathematics, medicine, physics & astronomy, engineering and economics.
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
San Rafael, CA : Morgan & Claypool, 2005-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
A library of 50- to 100-page “Lectures” covering core undergraduate course areas to more specialized upper-division and graduate-level topics in biomedical, environmental, and electrical engineering, as well as the state of the art in computer science and engineering research.