Printing and copying

 

General tips

Printing parts of e-books and copying/pasting text from e-books is generally possible, but like with downloading options, each collection permits different things.


 

Sometimes you can't download the book, but you can still copy/paste text or print pages

Even when you can't download the book, some collections allow you to copy text or print individual pages. You can usually use the print screen option on your computer, too.

 

Sometimes you have to download the e-book to copy/paste or print

Not all collections let you read the text online. Some do not have in-browser text viewers, so you must download the chapter or section in order to use it in any way

 

Keep in mind usage rights

Some of our e-books are subject to license agreements with e-book publishers. These licenses restrict how an e-book can be used. For example, in many cases you are allowed to print a single chapter an e-book.  Sometimes you are only copy/paste or print a certain percentage of the book. You are not allowed to print an entire e-book, however. If you need more information about usage rights, please contact collections.library [at] mcgill.ca

 

Print and copy/paste options by collection

This is a small selection of McGill’s e-books collections. To browse or search a list of all collections by name, please see the A to Z list.


Name of collection Can I print? Can I copy/paste text? Do I need a personal account? Additional notes

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Yes. After choosing the “PDF” page view option for any given title, ten pages may be viewed and printed at a time.

Yes, individual pages may be copied, up to ten.

No

When downloading PDF excerpts, you must change the page in the image or text version of the page, and than click on the PDF version, otherwise it continually shows the same 10-page excerpt.

Books24X7

No, there is no way to print using the page viewer, although you could print one page using your browser's print function.

You can copy and paste sections, but only one page is visible at a time

No, although you do have to log in with Shibboleth

 

BrillOnline

Yes, individual entries, pages or entire books, depending on the content is.

Yes

No

 

Cambridge Core

Yes, by chapter

Yes, by sections

No

 

Clinical Key

Yes, by chapter/entry

Yes

Maybe (see notes)

If you want to download book sections as PDFs for printing, you will need to create a login and password.

CRCnetBASE

Yes, by chapter

Yes, by chapter or section

No

If you want to print or copy/paste text, you must download the chapter(s) you want to use first.

de Gruyter (Harvard University Press)

Yes, by chapter

Yes, by chapter

No

If you want to print or copy/paste text, you must download the chapter(s) you want to use first. The "print" link on the top right only prints what is on the screen

desLibris

Yes, up to 10% of a work can be printed. Public documents can be printed without restriction.

Yes, unlimited

No

Keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + C for copying and Ctrl + for paste) must be used to copy/paste text from a e-book

Duke University Press (e-Duke)

Yes, by chapter

Yes by page (in-browser viewer) or by chapter (PDF)

No

Copying text from the PDF works much better than from the in-browser viewer

Ebook Central (formerly EBL and ebrary)

It depends on the title. Each books has a specific number of pages that can be printed. After you have opened the book, you can see how many pages you have left to print by checking the "Book Details" section on the right.

It depends on the title. Each books has a specific number of pages that can be copied.

No, you do not need an account to print or copy

 

EBSCO eBook Collection

It depends on the title. Some books allow a certain number of pages to be saved in PDF, and some books may be "borrowed" for a certain number of days, but not all content is available this way. To see what is allowed for a particular book, look at "Publisher Permissions" in the book's detailed record.

Some titles do not allow copy/paste, others allow a certain number of pages to be copied.

No, you do not need an account to print or copy

 

HathiTrust

You can print pages from the downloaded file, but you need to download the book first.

Copying and pasting text is possible, but due to the way the pages are formatted (as PDFs), there can be many mistakes in the copied text

You must be logged in as a McGill user to print via download. The login should be prompted after you click a download link.

 

HeinOnline

Yes, but printing is limited to a maximum of 200 pages per book.

Copying and pasting text is possible, but due to the way the pages are formatted (as PDFs), there can be many mistakes in the copied text

No

 

IEEE Electronic Library Online (IEEEXplore)

Yes, as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must print from the downloaded PDF file.

Yes, but there is is no way to view the text in your browser, so you must copy/paste from the PDF file.

No

 

JSTOR ebooks

Yes, although you must print from the downloaded PDF file, as the "Read Online" version of the text does not allow you to print

Yes, but you must copy/paste from the downloaded PDF file, as you cannot do so from the "Read Online" version of the text.

No

 

Knovel

Yes, by chapter. You can print a chapter by opening it in the online viewer and than clicking on the "options" button on the bottom of the right vertical menu, which should show you a "print section" option.

Yes, by chapter

No

 

Knowledged Unlatched

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must print from the downloaded PDF file.

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must copy/paste from the PDF file.

No

 

MyiLibrary

Yes, generally you can print up to 10% of a title.

Yes, you can copy/paste from the in-browser text viewer a page at a time.

No

OverDrive

No

No

Yes, you must login with your McGill username and password

 

Oxford/UPSO

Yes, individual chapters can be printed. You can print from the PDF, or from the browser by selecting the button in the shape of a printer located at the top left, under the top menu.

 

Yes, by chapter.

No

 

Project MUSE

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must print from the downloaded PDF file.

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must copy/paste from the PDF file.

No

 

Safari Tech Books Online

Yes, individual pages, one at a time.

Yes, by page.

No

This collection can only be used online.

Science Direct

Yes

Yes, by chapter

No

You must download the PDFs to print, as there is no in-browser viewer print button.

STAT!Ref Electronic Medical Library

Yes, but there are limits on how much you can print at a time. Whole chapters may not print entirely. You can print selections of text by highlighting the text you want and choosing "Selection" instead of "All" when you select a print range.

Yes, by chapter or section

No

 

Taylor and Francis eBooks

Yes, most books have unlimited printing. A few books have digital rights management applied. They are marked with a "DRM" icon. They have different options than the other titles, such as:

  • When reading the book online, 30 pages can be printed in a session
  • When reading the book offline, it is borrowed, not downloaded permanently, and printing is disabled.

Yes, most books have unlimited copy/paste options, but a few books have digital rights management applied. They are marked with a "DRM" icon. They have different options than the other titles, such as:

  • When reading the book online, 100 words can be copied/pasted in a session
  • When reading the book offline, it is borrowed, not downloaded permanently, and copy/pasting is disabled.

No

 

Wageningen Academic Publishers

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must print from the downloaded PDF file.

Yes, but as there is is no way to view the text in your browser, you must copy/paste from the PDF file.

No

 

Wiley Online Library

Yes

Yes, but it must be done from the PDF file, as there is no in-browser text viewer

No

You must download the PDFs to print, as there is no in-browser viewer print button

 

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