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Downloading eBooks to your mobile device with Bluefire Reader (available via Google Play and iTunes stores)   

Getting Started:                                                                                                                

  1. Create a personal MY Ebscohost account folder.

How to Download:

  1. Using your mobile device, run a search using the eBook collection database and tap an eBook cover thumbnail or title in the results list for the item you would like to download.
  2. Using your mobile device, search for the EBSCO eBook app in the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store and tap on the eBook image above.
  3. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and tap the Checkout & Download button. The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.
  4. You should be prompted to view your library or begin reading the eBook.



EBSCOhost has an app that allows you to search its databases such as Academic Search Premier,CINAHL, MEDLINE, Newspaper Source, and Business Source Premier from Apple and Android devices. The app must first be authenticated via the web for access on your device.

To authenticate the EBSCOhost app:

  1. Download the app from your appstore.
  2. Go to an EBSCOhost database such as Academic Search Premier.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "EBSCOhostiPhone and Android Applications" link.
  4. Enter your email address. Note:You must use an email address that you can access from your device.
  5. You will receive an email from
  6. Access the email from your device and click the "Authentication Key" link to access the app.

Note: You have 24 hours to access the key from your device to authenticate the app. If the key is not used within 24 hours, it expires and you will need a new key.

Once it is authenticated, the app can be used for nine months, after which you must send yourself a new authentication key from the EBSCOhost interface.





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