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Find Book Chapters

To find a book chapter online, you need to search by the name of the book chapter instead of the name of the book. In the following example, you should search for Identity, Culture and Politics instead of The Ends of Empire:

Connell, J., & Aldrich, R. (2020). Identity, Culture and Politics. In The Ends of Empire (pp. 111–193). Springer Singapore.

Please refer to the steps below:

  1. Input the book chapter name in OneSearch.
  2. Select Book Chapters under the Resource Type, then click on APPLY FILTERS.
  3. Click on the title or the link below to find more information about this book chapter.
  4. Choose the available database(s) in the record.
  5. Click on the title of the paper to read it online. Some platforms let you download the entire book in PDF, while others only let you download a certain number of pages each day due to copyright constraints.

If the book chapters are unavailable in our collection, eligible users can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Document Delivery Services (DDS) request via PolyU ILLiad System. You may refer to our User Guide or Video Tutorial to find out how to place an ILL & DDS request. 

Access & Download E-Books

The way to access an e-book can be different depending on the platform the book is located. Some platforms allow you to download the whole book in PDF with one click, while some allow downloading a limited number of pages per day due to copyright restrictions.

Here are a few commonly seen examples from e-book databases:

⦿ Full book download allowed. Usually, books directly offered by publishers offer full book or chapter download options.


⦿ Limited no. of pages download per day. Two major e-book providers - ProQuest and EBSCOhost- offer this option. Note that some popular books may only allow online reading. There is no limitation if you read the book online

Other than downloading a limited no. of pages to PDF, you may also "Borrow" the whole book for a specified no. of days and read it offline after installing the Adobe Digital Editions app.

Access E-book from Ebscohost

(Link to this book on OneSearch)


⦿ PDF full download is not available. Usually, textbook providers offer this option. 

You can check out the books and read them online for a specified no. of hours.

Access e-books from VitalSource


Some books may allow downloading a number of pages to PDF with watermarks. 

Access e-books from VitalSource

(Link to this book on OneSearch)