To find ebooks in QuickSearch, start at http://library.yale.edu. Type your search terms into the box. I'm using the search term geologic strata because I want the system to know that I mean strata in the geologic sense — remember that the catalog will match things across all disciplines.
Please click on the title of this section, Finding Content in QuickSearch, to expand or collapse the remainder of this content.
(If you're searching for a book, remember to use quotation marks around book titles. For specific books, it is also very helpful to add the first author's last name to the search. The results will generally be much more relevant.)
When you see your search results, you will see a bento box-style display. On the right are books, and on the left are articles. To search Books+ (including ebooks), click on the ### Results link, which I have circled in the screenshot below.
Now, if you have done all of the above, you are just looking at books — which is what we want! I have circled some helpful things below, such as the format facet and the location information.
What if you want to limit to ebooks?
Filter the results. I've circled a few things below that you need. First, set the format to Online. Once you do that, you will see "You searched for: Format Is Online" in the button just below the search box. If you don't want online books (or, say, you don't want dissertations), you can toggle from Is to Is Not using the small chevron.
Another piece that may interest you is the sorting section. The default is a relevance-based sorting, but you can also sort by latest publication date. This could make the results less relevant unless your search is highly discipline-specific. The other faceting options on the left, such as the topical facet, are enormously helpful here.
If you hover your mouse over the link that says "online book," a preview of the URL should appear in the lower right of your browser window. This way, you can check the platform. While the majority of the books in physics and astronomy are DRM-free PDFs available by chapter or in totality, some platforms, such as ProQuest Books Online, only provide Adobe Digital Editions downloads. These books are limited in the checkout period (and we can't control that) and require specialized Adobe software to run.
You can click on the link to the online book from the search results or go to the full record to read more about the item.
We have several services, such as Borrow Direct, Scan & Deliver, and Interlibrary Loan to help you get books, journal articles, and other materials that are not electronic. To expand or collapse this information, please click on the title of this section, "Get it @Yale."
Here's a brief cheat sheet. For more information, please visit Get It @Yale (http://guides.library.yale.edu/getit).
If you plan on using Scan & Deliver, or even wish to recall or request an item to be picked up at a specific library, here's a screen shot. I've circled the places where you would need to click to do these things: