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Working with Results: Downloading

eBooks Formatted for eReaders
Item Records (Metadata)

eBooks Formatted for eReaders

Many of our books consist of individual page images viewable only through the reading pane built into The Gateway. However, we are now offering a small selection of books with downloadable Epub files that work in a variety of eReaders and apps. You can recognize these items in your results list, because they display a file icon instead of a thumbnail image of the cover.

eBook icon

To find the files, open the item record and then click on the file icon.

file icon

When the next screen opens, click the "Download this book" link.

download eBook


We provide downloadable files of most images—including photographs, maps, and individual pages of books and newspapers. Sizes available range from 75 to 1500 pixels wide. To find the files, start by opening the image: in the item record, choose "Start Viewing," "Enlarge," or "Start Reading" from the left sidebar.


If the item you're viewing has more than one page or side, navigate to the page or side you want to download by using the arrow keys at the top of the reading/viewing pane or the "Jump to..." drop-down list in the left sidebar.

Click "tools/download" above the image to open the drop-down menu. If you already know the size you want, you can select it directly from the menu.


If you prefer to compare the available sizes, select "Preview all sizes/dimensions" from the drop-down menu. When the next screen opens, select a size. The corresponding image will appear near the bottom of the screen. To download that size, click the orange download bar.

Select a Size

Item Records (Metadata)

We make our metadata available in a variety of formats. To download metadata for a single item, open the item record that interests you, and then click "What" in the left sidebar.


Scroll to the bottom of the "What" section. Under Digital Files, click "descriptive and downloadable metadata available in other formats."

downloadable metadata

When the next screen opens, click the format that interests you, and then use your browser's functions to save the file.

available formats

If you are looking for programmatic access to all Gateway metadata, please see our API page.


When you use zoom view, you can create and save a rectangular clipping of an area within a newspaper page, map, photograph, or other item. Start by opening the desired page or side in the reading pane and then clicking "zoom" in the toolbar at the top of the pane.


When the next screen opens, use the zoom tool in the upper left corner to magnify or reduce the image. Then drag the image with your mouse, or use the orientation controls to the right of the zoom control, to center the selection you want to save on the screen. Click "print preview" in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

zoom control

The next screen will usually open in portrait orientation, but, if you prefer, you can change to landscape orientation by clicking "Change to landscape" in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

change to landscape

You may also need to re-center your text or image by dragging or using the orientation controls.

How you save the image will depend on your browser's options. In some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, you can right-click on the image and then choose "save image as..." from the dialog box. This will save just the image, with the navigation tools removed. No citation is saved with this method.

Some browsers, such as Chrome and Internet Explorer, will also let you print natively to PDF. This has the advantage of saving the citation along with the image. To do this, click "Print" in the toolbar at the top of the screen.


When your browser's print dialog opens (shown here in Chrome) change "printer" or "destination" to PDF. If you changed the image to landscape orientation, you should also change the page layout to landscape. Tweak any other settings pertinent to your printing setup, and then click "save" or "print."

save as PDF

Of course, to work with saved PDF files, you will need the Acrobat reader or appropriate plugin for your browser.


Before using a downloaded image or document, be sure to review the associated rights information by clicking the topics under "Citations, Rights, Re-Use" in the left sidebar.


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