ProQuest is a large American information provider. ProQuest provides access to content used in teaching, learning and research, including scholarly journals, dissertations, ebooks, newspapers, periodicals, and historical collections.
ProQuest is not a publisher. Instead, it is what is known as an aggregator. Aggregators provide access to content created by publishers. Everything available on ProQuest has been published elsewhere
ProQuest eBook Central
ProQuest eBook Central is a platform that hosts ebooks from many different publishers. There are hundreds of thousands of books on this platform with new books being added regularly, however, the digital library has full-text access to a very small number of ebooks, but this will grow in time. The books that you can read will have been recommended by your instructors and trainers. There are also other books acquired that relate to more general aspects of college and training such as study skills and health & well-being.
You can either read books online, or download ebooks to read on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. Because of DRM (below) Reading online is easier than downloading to read on your device. Also, when you read online, you can copy, print and make notes from the book.
Note: you can only print or copy around 5-10% of a book at a time and this varies by publisher
ProQuest eBook Central ebooks come in two formats:
In addition, most ebooks are locked using Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM is a method of protecting the copyright and restricting the use of digital media such as ebooks. In practice, this means that when you download an ebook, you have a limited amount of time to read the book. Again, this varies by publisher, but can be up to 21 days. Once the ebook expires, you can download it again as often as you require. eBooks that you download can only be read using the Adobe Digital Editions app. Elsewhere on the digital library, there is a tutorial on getting started with Adobe Digital Editions.
ProQuest eBook central can be accessed on Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. For mobile devices, there are App Store and Google Play apps
Adobe Digital Editions will work with many devices, including some ereaders
Note: You cannot download ProQuest ebook Central ebooks to your Kindle
The Book Detail Page
When you click on a link to access an ebook, this is what you will see:
There are three columns.
The left-hand column has links to:
- Read the whole book online
- Download the book
- Add the book to your bookshelf
- Share the link to the book
- Cite the book - format the book for use in a reference list
The middle column contains some information about the book including:
- eBook licence type
- Link to read ebook online
- Link to download ebook - and length of time you can access your downloaded copy
- Link to download one chapter
- The number of pages that you can copy
- The number of pages that you can print
- A description of the book
- A table of contents
- Links to download individual chapters
The right-hand column contains information about the book itself and is more aimed at librarians than general readers.