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Reading a Book

 

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Navigating Up, Down, and Around a Book

Paging through a book. Each document in the Digital Library consists of pages that may be read through from start to finish, just like a printed book. On each page, the "previous" and "next" buttons at the top and also at the bottom will move you forward and back through the book.

Top of Page:

Page Length. The amount of text displayed on each page depends on the unit of text that is indicated on the "previous" and "next" buttons. In the picture above, the buttons indicate that an entire chapter is being displayed on the page.

A chapter in the Digital Library may sometimes be too long for easy navigation. To change the page length, select a different type of section from the toolbar at the bottom of every page:

Bottom of Page:

The section category is in the top row, and the corresponding page numbers are below. As shown below, the page numbers grow as the page length shortens.

See Advanced Techniques for more about page length.

Indexes and Title Pages. All books begin with a Title Page, or Table of Contents. To get to the Title Page of the book, click the icon located at the top left corner of the screen. Or, click the book's title. Some books will also offer a link to a timeline which also serves as an index.

The Title Page also lets you choose how much text you want to appear on a screen at a time. A standard screen length is available, as well several other screen lengths, such as single paragraphs (short length), passages (medium length), and chapters (long length). See Advanced Techniques for more on screen length.

"Start Reading"

Click on "Start Reading" to go to the first page in the first chapter. This is the Reading Window where you may page forward or back through the book. It will replace the Title Page in Window #1.

Underlined words in the text of the book are links to resources. Resources are things like definitions, explanations, pictures, and maps. These links should be opened in a new window (#2 Resource Index in the diagram above).

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