Cowles Library provides access to tens of thousands of full-text electronic books. They are mostly recently published, research-quality titles.
Search for eBooks
Use the form above to find eBooks in SuperSearch, or use the links below to search within individual collections. You can access all eBooks from off campus with your Drake ID and password.
All eBooks can be viewed online with a current browser on a Mac or PC. Many collections also allow you to download chapters or even the full book. See the table below for more information.
Instructors looking for eBooks to use as course texts, please contact your library liaison for assistance.
Major E-Book Collections
|Full Title Downloads||Chapter Downloads||Notes|
|No||No||Over 20 pharmacy and health science books, including Depiro, Goodman & Gilman’s, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, and NAPLEX review questions.|
|Yes||Yes||Pharmacy-specific clinical and management information.|
|Cambridge Histories Online|
|No||Yes||More than 290 volumes published since the 1960s, covering more than 15 academic subjects.|
|No||Yes||More than 500 highly regarded reference sources covering every major subject, from art to medicine, psychology to history and technology to literature.|
|Directory of Open Access Books|
|Yes||Some||Thousands of academic, peer-reviewed books from hundreds of publishers. The ability to download individual chapters varies by publisher platform.|
|EBSCO Academic eBook Collection|
|Yes||Yes||Chapters can be downloaded as PDF files (total number of pages is limited by publisher).
Full title download requires Adobe Digital Editions and a My EBSCOhost account.
Mobile requires free BlueFire Reader app.
EBSCO eBooks User Guide.
|Elsevier Freedom Collection Books|
|Yes||Yes||Book chapters from more than 11,000 science, medical and technical books. Downloading the full book actually creates a .zip file of all individual chapter files.|
|Gale Virtual Reference Library|
|No||Yes||A collection of reference works on the Arts, Business, Education, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, and the Social Sciences.|
|No||Yes||Access more than 65,000 eBooks from scholarly publishers.|
|Oxford Handbooks Online|
|No||Yes||Online versions of the Oxford Handbooks, available in Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Literature, Psychology, and History subject modules.|
|Oxford Reference Online|
|No||No||Access to dictionaries & reference works in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences is limited to 5 simultaneous users.|
|Oxford Scholarship Online|
|No||Yes||Over 4,000 eBooks published from 2016-present in the humanities, sciences, business, and social sciences.|
|Oxford Very Short Introductions|
|No||Yes||Hundreds of concise, original texts on wide-ranging topics. Each book discusses the central issues in a given topic.|
|No||No||Dozens of key pharmacy texts. Online viewing only.|
|Springer eBook Collections|
|Yes||Yes||Many titles offer MyCopy, which allows you to buy a softcover b&w copy of the book for $24.99.|