Reading and Saving Books

Using the Online Reader

When you click on a book title, you will be taken directly into the online reader. (If this doesn’t happen, see the Access page.)

In reader view, the book content takes up most of the screen, with an options menu on the right.

In the reader view, most of the screen is taken up by the book content, while on the left is a drawer with information and options. To get rid of this drawer and read the book in full screen, click on the small red arrow button at the top of the page. You can always bring it back by clicking the arrow again. Below the arrow, zoom buttons let you adjust the size of the text.

The top of the information and options drawer includes information about the book: the title, author, and publication details, as well as the usage terms. These usage terms let you know what you can do with the book. In the example above, the book only allows one user at a time and no PDF downloads. If you want to read offline, you must use Adobe Digital Editions or similar software (see the Access page for more information on borrowable ebooks). In the example below, the usage terms show that you can download up to 20% of the book.

The usage terms indicate that 20% of the book may be downloaded as a PDF.

The page navigation option lets you go straight to a specific page. Note that pages are counted from the front to the back cover, so this won’t correspond to the official page number.

Below this, you’ll see several different tabs. Depending on whether the book allows downloads, the drawer will be open to either the Download or the Contents tab by default.

Navigating and citing within the online reader
The details tab includes information for librarians, as well as the abstract. The Details tab includes more details about the book, including the abstract (if there is one). This tab includes the bibliographic information and metadata for librarians.
The download tab displays download options. The Download tab will only appear if you are allowed to download parts of the book. Depending on the book, you will either see a list of chapters with PDF download links, or an option to enter the start and end pages of the section you want to download. See the FAQ for more information on download options.
The contents tab lets you navigate within the book. The Contents tab allows you to navigate to specific chapters or sections within the book.
The search tab includes the search within book function. The Search tab lets you search inside the book for specific keywords.
The cite tab allows you to export citations. The Cite tab lets you easily copy the books permalink, generate a citation in your preferred citation style, or export citations to EndNote, Refworks, or in RIS format.
Downloading and Printing

The reader on the Scholars Portal Books platform is designed to allow you to easily and comfortably read your books online. However, most books do allow you to download some sections as PDFs. The usage terms vary from publisher to publisher, and they can be seen in the information and options drawer above the page navigation. The most common types of download terms are downloads by chapter, download up to 20% of the book, download the entire book (mostly open access titles and government documents), and no PDF downloads allowed (see the Access page for more information on borrowable ebooks).

When downloads are allowed, you will see a Download tab. This is an example of chapter downloads:

If a book allows chapter downloads, you will see links to download each chapter as a PDF.

For books that allow you to download up to 20% of the book, you can specify the start and end pages of the section you want to download (up to the maximum amount), then click “Submit” to get your PDF. You can also do this by clicking the “Hold your current page” button at the start of the section you want to download, and scrolling until you reach the end of the section. This function will not allow you to download a page range higher than what the publisher allows.

If a book allows you to download an excerpt, you will be able to enter the start and end pages of the section you want to download.

If the book looks like this (XML content), you can print or download a chapter by choosing the print button on the bottom-centre of the book. Use the “print to PDF” function to download the PDF.

To download a PDF of this XML book, select the print option at the bottom of the book.


Saving Books

Scholars Portal Books has a function called “My Books” that lets you save a list of books you might want to look at again.

From the search results page, you can add a book to your list by clicking the red plus sign to the right of the book:

When the book is selected the button turns grey and the plus sign turns into a minus sign.To remove it from your list, click the grey minus sign.

You can also add a book to your list, or remove it from your list, from the online reader using the button in the drawer.

The Add to my books button is below the title, author, and publisher information near the top of the drawer.

Exporting citation lists

View your list by clicking “My Books” in the top right-hand corner of the page.

The top right navigation bar includes links to the My Books feature, the Contact form, the French site, and the ACE portal.

From here you can open any of the books in your list, or remove them from the list by clicking the grey minus sign. At the bottom of the list, you’ll see an option to clear the entire list at once.

The My Books page lets you email yourself your list of books or export all the citations.

Use the dropdown to choose a citation style, and enter your email address to have your list emailed to you using that style. You can also export the citations to EndNote or Refworks, or as an RIS file that can be imported to most citation management tools.

Alternatively, you can click “Citation Preview” to get a list of citations you can easily copy and paste.

Citation Preview auto-generates citations that you can copy with a single click.

Reporting Problems

If you find a broken link, can’t open your book, or run into any other problem, the Scholars Portal Books team is happy to help. Click on the Contact button in the upper right corner (next to My Books) to submit a problem report or comment. The URL of the page you were just on will automatically be included to help us find and fix the problem, but you can remove it if you choose. You can submit the form anonymously, but please include your email address if you would like help or follow-up from the team.

Simply enter your message and click submit.

If you are having trouble with the form, you can also contact the team directly at