Thousands of books are now available to Chicago State University's faculty, staff, and students either via a library subscription or freely on a variety of web sites. These books have been digitized and can be read, downloaded or printed. Note: You will NOT find your textbooks or the latest fiction on these sites.
State University Fact Book
Contains information regarding the university, The CSU
Fact Book provides data including tuition, fee, budgeting, enrollment,
demographic, graduation, and productivity data.
Reference BooksCredo Reference
Credo Reference is a 24/7 online reference library that provides access
to a selection of over 400 reference books. Credo Reference includes
encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well
as a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to
accountancy and literature to law. A current alphabetical list of all
available titles can be found here.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. In many cases, these are multi-volume reference works previously only available in a physical form in the library. Now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Chicago State has access to more than 40 titles. Featured titles include Contemporary Black Biography, a 71 volume biographical reference source and International Directory of Company Histories, a massive 93 volume encyclopedia of business history. A current alphabetical list of all available titles can be found here.
eBooks Collection (EBSCO)
This ever expanding ebooks collection provides access to around 900 ebooks that the Chicago State University's Library subscribes to and covers a wide range of topics from the humanities to the sciences. To download books to your computer or mobile device, you must create an account by clicking on the "Sign In" link on the top-right corner of the screen and then clicking "Create a New Account."
click here to access EBSCO collection.
This growing collection currently contains around 40 electronic titles across difference disciples. click here to access ebrary collection.
Google book search
Working with many major universities, Google's Book Search offers differing
levels of access. "If we've determined that a book is out of copyright,
or the publisher or rightsholder has given us permission, you'll be able to
page through the entire book from start to finish, as many times as you like.
If the book is in the public domain, you'll also be able download, save and
print a PDF version to read at your own pace". Although this promises
to be a vast resource, many books are not available in full text format.
URL: http://books.google.com/ (Regular)
URL: http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search (Advanced)
HathiTrust Digital Library
This digital library consists of books (not all full text) that have been digitized by major research institutions and libraries. Many of the volumes are in the public domain and so are older works. URL: http://www.hathitrust.org/
Medical Collection (Springer)
The Springer Link collection of electronic books includes a large number of titles in the sciences. It contains articles, book chapters, and entire books in the fields of Computer Science (472), Engineering (125), Mathematics (75), and Life Sciences (2,420) to name a few. Full text is available from 2005-2010. Note: If you are interested in searching for only full text items available via CSU's subscription, make sure to deselect the "Include Preview-Only Content" box.click here to access springer collection.
Project Gutenburg is the first and largest single collection of eBooks. As
of August 2006, there are over 19,000 eBooks available, with an average of
400 more being added each month. They cannot publish any texts still in copyright
without permission. This generally means that the texts are taken from books
published pre-1923. You won't find the latest bestsellers or modern computer
books here. You will find the classic books from the start of this century
and previous centuries, from authors like Shakespeare, Poe, and Dante.
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and
other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide
free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
In addition to text, this site provides access to audio, music and moving
Universal Digital Library
The mission is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity
and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this
mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read,
searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the
Internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will
grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible
to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic
University of Illinois Library Weblog
This blog provides access to the digitized book of the week as presented
by the University of Illinois. The University is digitizing and contributing
to the Internet Archive books and serials from its collections that focus
on Illinois history, literature, and natural resources; rural life and agriculture;
and railroad history and engineering.
Browse for eBooks related to CSU academic subjects.