Ebook Collections: ACLS Humanities E-Books

This guide highlights a range of ebook collections, giving details on the content of the collections, and how to use them

About ACLS Humanities E-Books (HEB)

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ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of approximately 4,000 books of high quality in the humanities.  These titles are offered by the ACLS in collaboration with thirty learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars. These are works of major importance that remain vital to both scholars and advanced students, and are frequently cited in the literature. 

Major Fields currently covered include Area and Historical Studies in the following: African, American, Asian, Australasian/Oceanian, Byzantine, Canadian, Caribbean, Central European, Comparative/World, Eastern European/Russian, Economic, Environmental, European, Jewish Studies, Latin American, Law, LGBT/Queer Studies, Medicine, Methods/Theory, Middle East, Native Peoples of the Americas, Science/Technology, Women’s Studies.

HEB also encompasses the fields of Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, Biblical Studies, Bibliographic Studies, Film and Media Studies, Folklore, Linguistics, Literature, Literary Criticism, Musicology, Performance Studies (theatre, music, dance), Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.

Searching for an ebook on the ACLS Humanities Ebook Platform

All of the ACLS Humanities ebooks can be found through the search box on the Library homepage.

To limit the search to ebooks make sure you tick the ebook option beneath the search box:

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How do I view an Ebooks?

Click the eBook button Picture of eBook search button to the right of the title of the ebook you want to use.

You will need to sign in to view the ebook, the University of St Andrews Single Sign-on page will appear.


Picture of Single Sign-On pageEnter your university username and password.

Formats on ACLS Humanities E-Books (HEB)

Once logged in ACLS Humanities ebooks look like this:

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1 - If you use the "Read book" option the ebook opens in the ACLS Humanities ebook reader.  This is useful if you want to search through the whole of the ebook .  

2 - The "Read" option within the table of contents jumps you into that section within the ACLS Humanities ebook reader.

3 - Download creates a PDF of the section or chapter.  This is normally the easiest and most useful option for accessing content.

There are no restrictions on how many chapters you can download.

Examples of ACLS Humanities E-Books (HEB) titles

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