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Virtual Instruction Resources

A guide targeting health sciences faculty to assist with developing content for online teaching.

Finding Electronic Books in the Library Catalog

Follow the link below to search the OSU Library catalog for books in electronic format.  Simply enter your keywords to search, or switch to the Title tab to look for specific texts.  To limit your search to electronic books, click on the Modify Search Button button and select E-books as your preferred Material Type.

Finding Electronic Books in Publisher Collections and Databases

Core25 Books

Provides quick and easy access to 25 popular eBooks covering most internal medicine topics as well as medical dictionaries and drug information. 

Clinical Key

Contains content from several current Elsevier databases including MD Consult, First Consult, Procedures Consult, Clinics of North America and new content including over 900 eBooks.


Access to more than 60 medical titles including Harrison's Online, frequently updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, case files, diagnostic tools, and more.


Provides access to electronic versions of AHFS Drug Information, Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, and more.

OhioLINK Electronic Book Center

The OhioLINK Electronic Book Center includes over 45,000 scholarly and reference eBooks on a variety of topics including nearly 3,000 in the health sciences.

Safari: O'Reilly's Online Learning Platform for Higher Education

Provides access to thousands of books, videos, expert-curated courses, and interactive learning environments for business, technology, and more.

HathiTrust Digital Library (Emergency Temporary Access)

Books available through HathiTrust which are also in The Ohio State University Libraries print collections have been made available online without the additional step of requesting a digital scan. This action from HathiTrust allows digital access to nearly two million volumes, corresponding to approximately 46% of the print collections held at Ohio State.

Linking Electronic Books to your Course Page

To link an eBook from the library catalog to your Carmen course page, please follow these steps: 

  1. Go to
  2. Enter book title or topic in the search bar
  3. Select the book you would like to link and click on the title. 
  4. On the book’s page, click Permanent Link to this Record. A subtle change in the URL will occur. Copy the page's new URL from your browser's toolbar.
  5. Add the following before the URL you just copied to allow for off-campus access:
    1. A completed link would look like this:


Note: Many ebooks are limited in the number of users who may access the book at the same time. Also, individual students will be limited in the amount of the book that they are able to download as a pdf.

Please see these tips for using eBooks with a limited number of users. Most eBooks are available to an unlimited number of users however there are several that are more limited.  Limitations on individual eBooks vary and are usually specified within the link text from eBook records in the Library Catalog. 

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