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Undergraduate Student Support: Books

This library guide strives to provide e-support for undergraduate students at the NWU.

Resources at your finger tips

Reading eBooks online

  • You can read eBooks online with software that comes standard on most computers and portable devices.
  • If special software is needed to open and read an eBook online, the eBook will often provide its own (e.g. eBook Central) software.
  • On Library computers, you can only read the eBook online.

Reading eBooks offline

  • Downloading eBook Central eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software
    • If you wish to download eBooks to your computer or device, you must have both a free Adobe account and the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed. Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access eBooks downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM).
    • Download Adobe Digital Editions.
      During installation of Adobe Digital Editions there should be an option to Authorize Computer. Select Authorize Computer and login with your Adobe ID and Password. Note: If you select Don’t Authorize Computer you cannot transfer an Adobe DRM protected eBook to another computer or any tablet devices/smart phones and/or eBook readers. In other words all the purchased or borrowed books afterwards belong to that computer. You are able to download or transfer the same eBook to 6 computers and tablet devices/smartphones and eBook readers where either Adobe Digital Editions is installed and authorised with the same Adobe ID.‚Äč

Read more about our eBook collections.

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Books as Information Sources

  Books:  extensive in volume, provide background and historical information, lengthy bibliographies. 

  • Textbooks:  factual, introduce the basics of a particular discipline e.g. Introduction to Communication.
  • Handbooks:  aimed at specialists in a specific field e.g. Handbook of Communication Theory.
  • Manuals:  contains procedures relating to a specific field e.g. Manual to install communications software.

Search the Library Catalogue for printed books: 


Search for eBooks: Recommended Catalogues

Finding Printed Books on the Shelf

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Lending Books from the Library