Duke University Press Journals

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Duke University Press publishes and distributes more than thirty periodicals that span a stimulating range of disciplines within the humanities and sciences--from East Asian cultural studies to French history, from lesbian and gay studies to mathematics and the history of economic thought, from feminism, culture and media studies to medieval and early modern studies. (from the website)

These journals are browsable and searchable from the publisher's website AND on Scholars Portal Journals, where you can search them simultaneously with thousands of other online journals.

We have over 1,500 e-books published by Duke University Press from 2010-2013 (coming Summer 2013).  They are accessed through ebrary and Scholars Portal Books.  They can also be found on TOPCAT, with links to the book on either site.

Varies by title.
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Journals are monthly. Books are negotiated each year.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

See the pages for ebrary and Scholars Portal Books for linking to e-books. 

See the Scholars Portal Journals page for linking to journals on that site.

Journals on the Duke site:
Duke University Press Journals uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line at the top of the abstract that says:


Add it to the end of this url:

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/DOI:10.1215/01455532-2007-006

Since this database also contains links to Get it! you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

e-CPS (Canadian Pharmacists Association)

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The e-CPS is the Canadian Pharmacists Association's online Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties. The e-CPS contains thousands of Health Canada–approved drug monographs, links to Health Canada advisories, printable information for patients, searchable product images and more.


For more information on how to use this resource click here.

Note: When you login to this resource you may be presented with the security message:

”There is a problem with this website's security certificate.” Unfortunately we cannot get around this message so please disregard it and click on the option, “Continue to this website (not recommended).”

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Early English Books Online

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Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

This collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop! - in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

(from the website) Read more.


Each individual book title can also be found in TOPCAT (over 100,000 items). Search by title, author, subject, or keyword.

You can choose to simultaneously search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

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eBooks on EBSCOhost

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Find books on all subject through EBSCO eBooks.  These are books purchased by the Trent Library and made available on the EBSCO platform. 

All titles from EBSCO eBooks have been added to TOPCAT, so you can find them with any general search of our library catalogue. In "Advanced Search" you can limit your results to e-books by restricting a search to those with a location of "E-Book".

You can also connect to EBSCO eBooks directly to:

  • search for books using the search engine, or
  • browse through the list of titles by clicking "eBooks" from the blue banner at the top of the page.

Many of these books were purchased in conjunction with COOL (Consortium of Ontario Libraries). Because the COOL group includes University, College, School, and Public libraries, the books included in the collection cover a broad range of subjects and reading levels, and include titles that would not otherwise be found in a University Library (eg. children's books). Select research materials accordingly.

Find a link to EBSCO eBooks on our E-Resouces page, in our Databases A-Z, and in TOPCAT.

Single User Limitation

Many EBSCO eBooks are restricted to one user at a time. There is an automatic inactivity timeout, so that books not being used are released back to the system.

  • When you access the full text of a book on your computer you must keep it active; otherwise it will be returned to the system after 30 minutes of inactivity .
  • Titles that are unavailable because they're in use by someone become available again after 30 inactive minutes. There is no option for forcing books to be returned - they need to time out.


The maximum checkout period for these books is 3 days.  Some books don't permit checkout at all.


Click "eBook Full Text" to open and view the book.

When you have a book open, a toolbar offers tools to:

  • search within the book,
  • make notes (you need to create an account to save these notes),
  • look up a word in a dictionary,
  • print or email up to 60 pages per book, and
  • place the book citation (and link to it) in a folder for later reference.

Click here to see a Flash video on how to use eBooks on EBSCO.

Mobile App

EBSCO has released an app for EBSCO eBooks available through the Trent Library.  The app is compatible with Android and iOS devices as well as Kindle Fire and Nook.

How to download EBSCO eBooks to mobile devices using the EBSCO eBooks app:

  1. Download the EBSCO eBooks app from Google Play or iTunes.
  2. Find the Trent University Library and sign in to access our collection.
  3. Search and browse for titles you're interested in.
  4. Download an EBSCO eBook by clicking on the "Download" link on the search result page or from within the detailed record.
  5. Select your preferred checkout period (up to 3 days) and click "Checkout & Download".
  6. The title automatically opens in the EBSCO eBooks app.
  7. Begin reading the title in the app, bookmark your place for later, and return it to the library's collection when finished.

In order for EBSCO eBooks to be read on a mobile device you must register the app with your free Adobe ID. eBooks can be read in a in a PDF or EPUB format.


Adobe Acrobat is needed to read files. If books open a page at a time in Adobe Acrobat, you'll need to adjust the settings in your browser or in Adobe software, to make files open in the browser window.

  • If you're using the default setting in Firefox, change it to open .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files within the browser: select "Tools", "Options", "Applications", "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)". See our help page.
  • To change the settings in the Adobe software, see the EBSCO help page.

If you see the download offline option you can download and virtually checkout the item for a limited number of hours or days. After the checkout period the items is no longer accessible on your computer so you would need to download it again. To download items you need the following.


See the Scholars Portal guide for Mobile Ebooks.


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Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To find a link back to a particular citation, click on "Permalink" on the right-hand side of the screen and copy the link provided. It looks like this:

Example: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=137815&site=ehost-live

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:

Final: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=137815&site=ehost-live


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This is a collection of e-books, mostly (but not all) scholarly. E-books are accessed online; they are not physically located in our library, but we purchase the right to access them on the web. 

E-books purchased by a library are different than individual purchases for your e-book reader because they are mounted on a server, available for viewing to a large number of readers. Libraries purchase access for their users. Software is used to provide a platform on which users can use e-books. ebrary is one of the platforms used to provide our e-books. (See other providers.)

With ebrary, you can

  • create an account for yourself,
  • select books to add to your "Bookshelf" for easy retrieval later,
  • make notes and highlight portions of your readings,
  • print or copy selections or pages.

Books are searchable through an advanced search by author, title, subject, full text, call number, key field, and more.

See the ebrary guide. There are other Help features available from the ebrary start page.


Trent purchases many individual e-books available through the ebrary platform; often with a single-user or 3-user limitation. (1,000+ titles)

The following major collections are also available thorugh ebrary, normally with unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Cambridge University Press (2,300+ titles)
  • Canadian Public Documents Collection (30,000+ titles)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection (8,000+ titles) - excludes Canadian University Presses collection 2014-16 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Canadian Trade Publishers (6,000+ titles) - not all scholarly; subscription
  • Duke University Press (2,000+ titles)
  • Oxford University Press (3,000+ titles) - excludes Oxford Scholarship Online 2012-15 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Springer (15,000+ titles)
  • Taylor & Francis (11,000 titles)


As of 2015, there are over 70,000 books available at this site.


Many of these e-books can be downloaded to an e-book device, mobile device, or computer. Not all books can be downloaded; you'll be informed if the book you selected is not eligible. Generally, books with a single-user license are not downloadable.  See the information sheet on downloading.

These e-books are not in a format compatible with Kindle.


  • You must have an ebrary bookshelf account. It's easy to create one using the "sign in" page - click "Create an account".
  • You must have Adobe Digital Editions (free software) installed on your computer. Use a computer to download, then sync your device to transfer.


  1. Sign in to your Bookshelf account.
  2. Chose a book, and click the "download" button.
  3. Choose the part (or all) of the book you want to download.
  4. When the document is downloaded it will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Transfer the e-book to your mobile device.


  1. Create an Adobe ID account.
  2. Install "BlueFire Reader" from the App Store.
  3. Login to your ebrary account.
  4. Select a book and click "download".
  5. Now you can read the e-book using BlueFire.

Downloaded books are saved for 7 days, after which they are deleted from your device. For further details, see the ebrary Help page.

Single-User Books

Some books are purchased with a single-user license to reduce the cost.  Each book will identify how many users can simultaneously read the same book.  One of the following messages will be shown:

  • Your institution has unlimited access to this book.
    • Any number of simultaneous users allowed.
  • Your institution has access to one copy of this book.
    • Can only be viewed by one user at a time.
  • Your institution has access to three copies of this book.
    • Up to three simultaneous users are allowed access.

If you view a single-user book, it is not available to any other Trent user.  It is automatically released only when:

  • you open another book,
  • the book remains idle for 15 minutes, or
  • your browser is closed.

(There used to be a “Release this title” button when viewing a single-user book, but no longer, given the automatic release.)

    If you open a single-user book that is in use by someone else, you are initially shown a preview-only copy of the book. 

    • This allows you to view the Table of Content, Index, and the first few pages of each chapter. 
    • You may not realize this is a preview copy, unless you try to move beyond the limitations, when it will indicate you're previewing and provide you with an option to wait for the book.
    • If you ask to be placed in the queue for the book, you have 5 minutes to access it once you're notified that it's available.  If you don't, it's released to the next user in the queue.


    See ebrary's Help with copying and printing.

    Trent's limit for printing from ebrary is 100 pages per session.  However, many publishers have enforced their own limits.  A session is usually determined by your browser; as long as your browser remains open, your session is still active. This is in place to avoid violation of copyright. 

    Be careful that you don't violate copyright when you print.  See our webpage on "Fair Dealing" and "Short Excerpts".


    See the mobile access information for ebrary. Complete ebrary books can be downloaded to your computer, then transferred to an ebook reader, or a mobile device

    Also see the Scholars Portal guide to Mobile Ebooks.

    See more information about e-books see our webpage on Purchasing E-Books for the Library.

    Ebrary software is also used on the Scholars Portal Books site, although it has a different look to it. There is some overlap of coverage on both sites. Scholars Portal Books provides access to e-book collections from:

    • Cambridge University Press
    • Canadian Health Research Collection
    • Canadian Publishers Collection
    • Oxford University Press
    • Springer
    • Open Access (Internet Archive Project).

    See information about features on the Scholars Portal Books information sheet.

    Update Frequency: 
    Irregular, as new titles are purchased by the library.
    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    In ebrary, the url of a particular book in the address bar of your browser is a stable url and it can be copied and used later.

    Eighteenth Century Collections Online

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    Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

    The collection will include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

    Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated. A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. A centerpiece of this collection is the complete works of twenty-eight major eighteenth-century authors including:

    • Henry Fielding
    • Edmund Burke
    • Alexander Pope
    • Thomas Paine
    • Benjamin Franklin
    • Jonathan Swift

    Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered (including all 500 editions of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe) to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.

    (From the website)


    Eighteenth Century Collection Online via Text Creation Partnership provides 2,231 highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts from the ECCO collection representing some of the most used volumes from the collection.


    Each page is an image of the printed original document.

    You can choose to simultaneously search Early English Books Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

    Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

    Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online via the Text Creation Partnership

    Only books published in the 1700's.
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    Evans Early American Imprint Collection - Text Creation Partnership

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    4,977 accurately keyed and fully searchable SGML/XML text editions from among the 40,000 titles available in the Evans Early American Imprints Collection of printed source material relating to the history, literature, and culture of the first 250 years of what is now the United States, between 1640 and 1821.


    Each page is an image of the printed original document.

    Books, pamphlets, and broadsides known to have been printed in the United States between 1640 and 1821.
    Update Frequency: 
    Not updated regularly.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library

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    This is an e-book platform, with many reference books available. The books can be searched as a group, or an individual title can be opened, viewed, or searched.

    The following Reference titles are included:

    • Business Leader Profiles for Students , 2v,  1999
    • Cities of the World , 6th ed.,  4v,  2002
    • The College Blue Book , 33rd ed.,  6v,  2006
    • Company Profiles for Students , 3v,  1999
    • Computer Sciences , 4v,  2002
    • Countries and Their Cultures , 4v,  2001
    • Encyclopedia of Business and Finance , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
    • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information , 3v,  2002
    • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2002
    • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2001
    • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America , 3v,  2004
    • Encyclopedia of Management , 5th ed.,  2006
    • Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing , 2v,  2008
    • Encyclopedia of Public Health , 4v,  2002
    • Encyclopedia of Sociology , 2nd ed.,  5v,  2001
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography , 2nd ed.,  23v,  2004
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 24,  2nd ed.,  2005
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 25,  2nd ed.,  2005
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 26,  2nd ed.,  2006
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 27,  2nd ed.,  2007
    • Enfermedades y Trastornos de la Salud , 3v,  2004
    • Environmental Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2v,  2003
    • Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook , 2v,  2003
    • Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce , 2v,  2002
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , 2nd ed.,  2001
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Science , 3rd ed.,  6v,  2004
    • Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2003
    • International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis , 3v,  2005
    • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Physical Geography , 5v,  2003
    • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities , 4v,  2000
    • Lucent Library of Science and Technology: Virtual Reality , 2004
    • Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z , 2v,  2004
    • Pollution A to Z , 2v,  2004
    • Psychologists and Their Theories for Students , 2v,  2005
    • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans , 22nd ed.,  2006
    • Science and Its Times , 8v,  2001
    • Science of Everyday Things , 4v,  2002
    • UXL Encyclopedia of Science , 2nd ed.,  10v,  2002
    • Water: Science and Issues , 4v,  2003
    • World of Earth Science , 2v,  2003
    • World Press Encyclopedia , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2003

    This product comes from Thomson Gale publishers and is available on the Gale interface with other Gale databases. It is part of the Knowledge Ontario package.

    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    To link to a particular book or article, click on "Bookmark" and copy the URL provided.


    Resource Type: 

    The Gutenberg-e prizewinning books represent the most distinguished and innovative scholarship delivered with creative and thoughtful use of digital technology. These books have undergone a rigorous academic review process by distinguished historians brought together by the American Historical Association and produced through a close collaboration between the authors and the electronic publishing staff at Columbia University Press.

    There are 35 books representing a range of subjects:

    1999 award winners topic: Africa, colonial Latin America, and South Asia
    2000 award winners topic: Europe before 1800
    2001 award winners topic: Military history and history of foreign relations
    2002: History of North America before 1900
    2003: Women's History or History of Gender

      While these digital monographs can be printed out and read in the traditional way, the electronic versions offer elements that cannot be conveyed in print: extensive documentation, hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and links to related websites.

      The Gutenberg-e prize is a collaborative effort between Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association, committed to exploring and promoting the electronic publication of scholarly writing. The Andrew W. Mellon foundation provides financial support for the project.


      Includes links to videos, graphics, sound files.

      Recent books
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      A few new books are added each year.

      Wiley Online Library


      Wiley Online Library hosts a collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It includes access to scholarly articles from 1500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases. (from the website, edited)

      There are two options for connecting to this resource.

      • The Wiley site allows searching across all publication types (books & journals).
        • If you use the Wiley site, you'll be shown results for all content, whether Trent has access to it or not. Look for the "unlocked" icon to indicate content we have paid for. (No icon = not available.)
      • Scholars Portal Journals searches only the journals, along with thousands of other e-journals available to Trent.  Select "Subscribed Collections Only" to search.
      • Scholars Portal Books searches the books, along with other e-books available to Trent. Select "Subscribed Collections Only" to search.

      Individual titles may also be found on our shelves in print. Check TOPCAT for individual titles in print or online.

      The Blackwell journals were purchased by Wiley in 2007 and added to this site.

      Varies with title.
      Update Frequency: 
      Stable URL: 

      A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

      Wiley Online Library uses the doi system to create a stable link.

      To link to a particular article, look for the line that says:

      To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/####.###.

      Ensure off-campus access by including the proxy prefix:


      Since this database also contains links to Get it! Trent you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.


      Creating the Library of the Future - Details about our exciting transformation