RIT has a large collection of more than 500,000 ebooks that are available to you for your research. The boxes below provide information on how to search Summon to locate ebooks. Summon is the RIT Library's discovery tool for searching our resources.
The Summon search box is the orange search box located on the RIT Libraries' homepage. Summon allows you to search almost all of the library's content from a single search box! In some ways, it is similar to a Google search of the library website. Just as with a Google search, a Summon search will typically deliver many, many results. The key to success is to utilize the filters located in the margin to the left of your Summon search results.
View the tutorial to learn more about the features and tips for best using Summon.
Try Summon here or use the search box in the column below!
You can also search the Library catalog. This is a good tool when you know you only want book results. Book results are included in a Summon search.
The RIT Library has a continually growing collection of e-books in a diverse range of subject areas. You can easily locate e-books using the refinement filters within Summon. Conduct your Summon search, refine your search to "full text online" and limit the content type to "Books/ebook". Your list of results will now be only e-books.
E-books can be used as assigned or supplemental reading in your courses. E-book licenses do, however, vary. Please consult your librarian to confirm whether the title you have selected provides unlimited simultaneous access or if there are limits to the number of simultaneous users.
Many articles are available as full text in the library databases but sometimes the complete article is not available from the publisher within the database. In these situations, request the article via Interlibrary Loan.
To request an article via interlibrary loan: