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Modernity Guide: Library Resources

Useful resource for all students studying Modernity. Subject Guide contains information on academic quality resources, referencing, search strategy tips and much much more all in one location.

Scholarly Journals

Different sources can be used for different purposes.  Some such as Blogs and Wikipedia may be useful to give you background information to help you gain an understanding of your topic but it will not be acceptable as a reference to support your assignment.  The youtube below outlines what a scholarly or peer reviewed source is.  If you need to verify if your source is peer reviewed you can use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

Online Journals

ebrary overview

What are eBooks?


Where possible, CDU Library purchases books in eBook format. This means you can now
access books and some textbooks online - through home computers, library computers and
mobile devices.  In most cases, eBooks can be viewed or downloaded by multiple (concurrent)
users at the same time.

You can locate eBooks using LIbrary Search or you can go straight to the eBook platform
via the links below or locate them via the library databases.

eBooks come in a variety of formats, some are available to read only on the web, while others
can be
downloadedand read on portable devices and eBook readers.

There are currently 256,000 eBooks in the CDU Library eBook collection.


Viewing and Downloading eBooks

eBooks can be opened and viewed online without checkout during a session, however to copy or print sections of the book it must be downloaded. When you download the book you are borrowing for a maximum of 3 or 7 days depending on the provider, after which time it disappears. To download eBooks you generally need to download Adobe Digital Editions EDL Adobe Digital Editions FAQ and you will be prompted by the provider to do this at the time of borrowing. Or you can download the latest version from here 

Why read an eBook?

  • 24/7 access
  • access from any location
  • search within text
  • browse content
  • no library fines 

If you have any questions about how to find, access or download eBooks, please Ask Us or contact a liaison librarian.

For detailed information regarding the use of eBooks with computers, smartphones and readers please consult the comprehensive QUT Libguide

Ebrary eBooks

Click on the image below to go to the ebrary page. You only need to login once with your CDU account and can download, add items to your bookshelf or change your preferences without having to register for a separate “my ebrary” account.

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