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Title: Looking for Technology-Related Instructional Books? Try Safari Tech Books Online!

Now available to all members of the UAlbany community is the Safari Tech Books Online database. This database offers users with a collection of Information Technology (IT) instructional books in eBook format. Safari Tech Books Online may be searched or browsed, and the books are fully cataloged in the Minerva catalog.

To access Safari Tech Books Online, first go to the Databases and Indexes Page of the University Libraries website. Then click on the “S��? under Browse by Database Title. Safari Tech Books Online will be at the top of the following page.

There are two options for finding books within Safari Tech Books. You can search for a book using the search bar located at the top of the homepage, as you would with any other online database, or you can browse the entire list of books subscribed to by the University by clicking on the “View All Titles��? link. Although the collection includes over 3,700 titles, the University at Albany community will have access to about 150 books. Subjects covered within these titles include Business Statistics, Database Design, Desktop Applications, Web Design and Development, C++ Programming, and Adobe’s Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver programs.

Once you have identified and located the eBook you would like to read, click on its title. The next screen will present you with multiple ways to interact with the selected book. There is the Overview tab, which provides a general summary of the title, as well as a collection of Amazon Reader Reviews. The Table of Contents tab not only displays the table of contents of the selected book, but each item in the contents is clickable and will take you directly to the clicked on chapter. Then there is the Search this Book tab, which allows you to search the entire book for your desired term or phrase.

If there is a page or multiple pages that you would like to save, you have two options. The first option is to email the desired page(s) to your email account. Within the blue bar towards the top left of the page is an “Email this Page��? button. Simply click the button and input your email address, and Safari Tech Books will send you the selected page to your inbox. The other option is to print out the desired pages. Next to the Email button in the blue tool bar is a Print button. Click this button and the selected page will be printed.

The following titles are examples of some of the books available as eBooks through the Safari Tech Books database:

Robson, Elisabeth (2005) Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Ulrich, Katherine (2007) Adobe Flash CS3 Professional for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide. Peachpit Press.

If you have any questions or need help using this or any other library database, you can stop by the Reference Desk, give us a call at 442-3691, or use the Ask-A-Librarian Service.

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