The Library is pleased to announce that e-Book titles were purchased during 2012/3. E-books are book-length publications in digital form consisting of text, images, or both that is produced and published through and readable via computer or other electronic devices. E-books can be the equivalent of conventional printed books or they can be stand alone e-titles. VUT Libraries has acquired a number of e-book collections listed below and the collection is still growing:

AccessScience delivers the latest content of the trusted McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 9th ed, and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical terms, 6th edition.

Access Engineering from McGraw Hill is a dynamic online resource offering quick and unparalleled access to the world’s most trusted collection of critical, must have engineering text book information.

Annual Reviews: includes access to Electronic Back Volume Collection which covers sciences from 1932 – 2008. It includes e-journals within the Biomedical and Life Sciences, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and an Economics collection.

APA PsycNET® is the only search platform designed specifically to deliver APA content. Search and discover vital behavioural science content efficiently with APA PsycNET’s uniquely engineered cross-database searching.

Britannica Academic Edition is designed for university students and faculties and delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. It includes Encyclopædia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and a host of additional sources and research tools.

EbscoHost platform – VUT owned e-books on the EbscoHost platform.  A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various patron research needs, including substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics.

ISI Web of Knowledge Platform

The ISI Web of Knowledge platform provides access to the following e-products as part of their offering:


  • Book Citation Index
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Derwent Innovations Index
  • Data Citation Index
  • Current Contents Connect
  • Index Chemicus
  • Current Chemical Reactions

McGraw Hill E-books library: Have two collections of e-books focusing on professional nursing and primary care.

  • Nursing: includes e-content endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the McGraw-Hill eBook Library will provide nurses with authoritative, evidence-based coverage they need to safely and competently care for their patients and their families. Have special focus on professional nursing and related areas.
  • Primary Care: Confidently diagnose, treat and prevent disease, illness and injury with McGraw-Hill eBook Library’s essential clinical companions. Containing some preeminent references from Casarett & Doulls Toxicology, 8th Edition, through to Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, 18th Edition, you can be sure that students and clinicians alike will find what they need, when they need it.

Merck Index Online portfolio has been regarded as the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals for over 120 year. It is now available online from RSC Publishing – offering institutions wide online access. The Merck Index Online offers highly authoritative information in a convenient and easy searchable format, and offers Full text database containing over 11,500 books – including over 500 new books and monographs

Science Direct E-books platform -It contains electronic e-books relevant to the VUT Science Park and Applied Sciences niche areas.  Coverage includes:  health, life, physical, social sciences, steel industry, manufacturing, transport, ICT, alternative energy, food security, sustainable development, environmental science, material Science & chemical Engineering titles and water energy. Personalization options for table of contents alerts, saving searches, etc. are available. (update only wording)

The ProQuest Ebook Central – platform combines ebook content from several other ProQuest ebook platforms, into a single interface.  The content includes ebooks previously hosted on the ebrary EBL platforms for a total of nearly 145 000 ebooks.  The content covers the full range of subjects from a variety of university presses, trade publishers, and popular presses.  New content is added regularly.

Laptop/Desktop Computers:  You will need Adobe Digital Editions to download ebooks to your laptop or desktop. This free software is different from Adobe Reader.  A free Adobe ID is also required to transfer the ebook to another device. Your e-book central site identifier (Site ID) is:  vaal (Mobile Access:  use Bluefire. To download the Bluefire app visit the App Store or Google Play)