Electronic Legal Deposit and ebooks

Have you had trouble connecting to an ebook from iDiscover? Perhaps you have clicked on the ‘Online access’ link and waited for your ebook to open, only to get a ‘Connection timed out’ message some time after? If so, you have probably stumbled across an Electronic Legal Deposit ebook.


What is Electronic Legal Deposit?

A growing number of publishers are now fulfilling their legal deposit obligations by depositing electronic rather than print books with the six legal deposit libraries, including the UL. Publishers currently doing this include, but are not limited to, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Sage, and more are due to follow suit in the next few years.

How do Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks differ from purchased ebooks?

Ebooks that are deposited on Electronic Legal Deposit differ from ebooks purchased from publishers or aggregators (such as those bought by the ebooks@cambridge service or directly by Faculty libraries) in the following key ways:

  • They are only accessible on dedicated terminals around the University campus
  • They are only ever available on a one concurrent user basis
  • They may not be downloaded in any way (although printing is allowed with the usual copyright restrictions)

What do they look like on iDiscover?

Like purchased ebooks, Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks can be found on iDiscover. You can spot an ELD ebook by scrolling down to nearly the bottom of a full record in iDiscover, where you will see the following ‘Conditions of use’ statement and the link text ‘This item in Electronic Legal Deposit’:


If you were to click ‘Link to Online Resource’ or ‘This item in Electronic Legal Deposit’, the link would only work if you were using one of the designated PCs; otherwise your connection will time out.

Spot the difference?

From a results list in iDiscover, it is not currently possible to distinguish between purchased and Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks. This is a recognised issue and we hope that there will be a way of highlighting ELD books in the future.

Meanwhile, if you attempt to connect to an ebook and find your connection timing out, check for a Conditions of Use statement in the full record, then find a designated terminal or check for an alternative copy (in some cases we might have purchased a fully accessible ebook alternative).

Excluding Electronic Legal Deposit items from your search

If you would like to exclude ELD items (NB this also includes ELD journals) from a search on iDiscover, after performing a search, scroll down to the bottom of ‘Refine my results’ and under ‘Collection’ hover over ‘Electronic Legal Deposit’ until the red ‘Exclude This’ icon appears:



Further information about Legal Deposit, including Electronic Legal Deposit, is available on the Legal Deposit area of the Cambridge University Library website.

For help with ebooks, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Popular ebrary ebook titles in 2015-16

The University Library buys many 1-user ebooks on the ebrary platform, their selection is based wholly on user demand. During the academic year 2015-16 1,121 ebooks were triggered for purchase in this way and most of them cater for users needs sufficiently with this 1 concurrent user model. But the ebooks@cambridge team receives regular (sometimes daily) turnaway notifications each time one of the ebrary ebooks denies access to a user or multiple users. These reports help us to discover which ebooks are in demand, and this allows the ebooks team to make sensible choices regarding ‘upgrading’ the popular titles so that they can be used by multiple concurrent users; this can also help relieve the pressure on printed copies. Last academic year this upgrading happened 31 times (thanks to ebooks@cambridge funds), and a list of these popular titles can be found below…

Thorley – Athenian democracy (2nd ed.)

Gillingham – Dictablanda : politics, work, and culture in Mexico, 1938-1968

dictablanda             perception              animal

Therborn – Killing fields of inequality

Bruce – Visual perception : physiology, psychology, & ecology (4th ed.)

Harley – Psychology of language : from data to theory (4th ed.)

Marx – Rethinking the western tradition : communist manifesto

Buss – Temperament : early developing personality traits

Pearce – Animal learning and cognition : an introduction (3rd ed.)

Keller – Identity, citizenship, and political conflict in Africa

Scrambler – Contemporary theorists for medical sociology

Feldman –  Law in politics, politics in law

Ryan – Picturing empire : photography and the visualization of the British Empire

John – Handbook of personality : theory and research (3rd ed.)

Lounsberry – Becoming Virginia Woolf : her early diaries and the diaries she read

Pickles – An introduction to the physiology of hearing

Abu-Lughod – Do Muslim women need saving?

Faucher-King – The New Labour experiment : change and reform under Blair and Brown

Hertog – Princes, brokers, and bureaucrats : oil and the state in Saudi Arabia

Noel – Reason of state, propoganda, and the Thirty Years’ War : an unknown translation by Thomas Hobbes

Nielsen – What I say : innovative poetry by Black writers in America

virginia                   hearing                   handbook

Ogden – Handbook of China’s governance and domestic politics

Siegert – Cultural techniques : grids, filters, doors, and other articulations of the real

Morten – Poor numbers : how we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it 

Mourlon-Druol – A Europe made of money : the emergence of the European Monetary System 

Rawls – Lectures on the history of political philosophy

Speaight – Architect’s legal handbook (9th ed.)

Cust – Conflict in early Stuart England : studies in religion and politics, 1603 – 1642

Shattuck – Episcopalians and race : civil war to civil rights

Young – Alien nation : Chinese migration in the Americas from the coolie era through World War II 

Fahmy – Ordinary Egyptians : creating the modern nation through popular culture

Simonton – A history of European women’s work : 1700 to the present 

money                 alien                  conflict

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

From this term onwards the ebooks team will post a regular termly blog post highlighting recently ‘upgraded’ popular ebrary titles; we hope that this information proves useful to College, Faculty and Departmental librarians.

Frankenstein, Shakespeare and more, new on Cambridge Core

There have been some new titles added to the Cambridge Companions ebooks collection on Cambridge Core, including  Frankenstein, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Newton. Please have a browse to see if there’s anything of interest for your studies. All of these ebooks should pop up in iDiscover tomorrow; for now you can access them directly from Cambridge Core or just click on any of the covers below.

frank        popper        hebrew

singer        newton        first-folio

british-black        literature-religion        medieval

AccessMedicine on trial


The Medical Library and ebooks@cambridge have organised a free trial of McGraw-Hill’s AccessMedicine platform for Cambridge University registered staff and students. You can access the platform from this link and from the ebooks@cambridge collections webpage.

The publishers say; “AccessMedicine is a comprehensive medical resource providing a complete spectrum of up-to-date, authoritative knowledge. It combines over 100 of the leading textbooks in the field with an extensive selection of additional tools to enable faculty to build curriculum-specific topics and test elements to track individual progress.”

Currently the ebooks@cambridge Service subscribes to Harrison’s Online on AccessMedicine; this trial will open up access to a further 104 etextbooks published by McGraw-Hill. You will be able to search and manipulate the full text of titles such as…

Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology, 10e

Basic & Clincal Pharmacology, 13e

Cardiovascular Physiology, 8e

Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, 19e

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19e

Hurst’s The Heart, 13e

Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 14e

Sympton to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide

Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Each textbook offers unlimited concurrency and for the trial period will be available both on and off campus with a Raven login.

AccessMedicine is more than a static library of titles, it also offers study tools such as the popular interactive online flashcards (these allow users to drill down by resource and/or topic to focus in on areas of weakness), a drugs database, case files (providing real life cases), videos (which can be searched by category or system), and diagnostic tests.

You can create your own MyAccess profile to access self assessment functionality where you can create and save practice tests. You can save chapters, cases, videos, images and tables to your Favourites; view recently viewed content; download images directly to PowerPoint and more.

The free trial access finishes on Monday 14th November.

What do you think about this etextbook platform? If you would like to feed back your comments on AccessMedicine, whether about the content or on the usability of the resource, please email Jo Milton at the Medical Library on jm908@medschl.cam.ac.uk before the end of the trial.

medical-microbiology  ganongs-review-of-medical-physiology  current-family-medicine  clinical-neuroanatomy

New ebook titles – September 2016

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

ames1   business1  criminology1  education1  engineering1  history1  hps1  italian1  law1  mml1  sociology1    sps1  sps2  teaching without disruption aw.indd  hps2  history2  sps3  ames2  hps3    matsci1  law2  matsci2  education3    ames3  education4education5   engineering2  engineering3  hps4     law3  mml2  sps4  

Cambridge Core – highlights from ebooks@cambridge


Three weeks since the launch of Cambridge Core, and with the start of term fast approaching, it seems to be a good moment to share some of the key ebook features (and perhaps the odd quirk) of the new platform. Think of it as a crash course in Core.

(By the way, for more about the ejournals side of Core, see this recent blog post from ejournals@cambridge).


Cambridge Core has replaced six separate CUP academic websites – Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) and all partner press ebook content currently hosted on University Publishing Online (UPO) – with one single platform. It is now possible to search all of the publications from these websites and collections at once. Most notably, users can now search for journal and ebook content from CUP at the same time.

Accessing Cambridge Core

Cambridge Core can be accessed in the usual ways: via the ebooks Collections page, via individual item records in iDiscover (links to the old CBO, CHO, CCO, SSO and UPO websites will redirect seamlessly), or from here.

Access is available to members of the University on campus and off campus via Raven.

Browsing ebooks

Browsing ebooks has been made very simple. If you wish to explore what is available in Music (for example), choose Browse Subjects > Music.


The screen is then split into Explore journals, Explore books, New titles and Music book series:


Searching for ebooks

Searching is intuitive. The autocomplete feature on the search box suggests possible book title matches as you type, which is extremely useful if you are trying to find a specific ebook:


There is no advanced search, but there are plenty of refine options once you have run a search. Content type (= book) is the most obvious one for ebook searches, but you can also filter by series, collection and date:


To search within a book, display the book or one of its chapters or sections and you will see a ‘Search in this book’ box:


Your search will be performed across the whole book and not just the chapter or section being displayed.

Interpreting results

If your search is fairly broad, your results are likely to include journal articles as well as book chapters and whole books. You can see at a glance what type of resource each result comes from thanks to the purple descriptor (‘article’, ‘chapter’ or ‘book’). With chapters and articles, you can also clearly see which book or journal the result comes from:


You can also see straight away whether Cambridge University has access to an item via the green Access descriptor (this descriptor is for info only – it isn’t clickable):


Many results have an expandable ‘View extract/abstract/description’ option which will help you decide whether the item is of interest:


Working with books and chapters

It is very easy to read and download ebooks on Cambridge Core. From a results list or table of contents, you can either click through directly to a pdf:


or select single or multiple items to view online, download to pdf or send to Kindle, Dropbox or Google Drive:


Note that if you choose to download or view multiple items (e.g. several chapters from an ebook), these will open/save as separate documents; they won’t merge into a single document.

In addition to downloading content, you can export citations in numerous formats (including Harvard) to RefME, Mendeley, EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, BibTeX or Word

Personal accounts on Cambridge Core

In order to save selected items or searches to bookmarks you will need a personal account. This can easily be set up the first time you add a bookmark.

If you previously had a personal account on Cambridge Books Online or Cambridge Journals Online, you will need to reset your password for Core. Follow the link to reset your password after clicking Login.



Here’s something to be aware of when accessing ebooks that are divided into parts (e.g. Part I, Part II etc.) as well as chapters, such as this one:



If you tick the box next to a part title (e.g. Part 1 – Law Beyond the State(s) in the above example) and view or download it, or download the part pdf directly, you will get a  more or less blank document and NOT all of the chapter content within the part. To avoid this, check or download the individual chapters that you require.

Final words

As term gets under way and usage increases on Cambridge Core, we will no doubt discover new features to report on, so watch this space. If you or your users experience any problems (or you’d like to share a useful trick), please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk and we will happily investigate further.







Links to ebooks from iDiscover

A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:

From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):


You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):


To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):


This is a temporary issue with the way that some of our ebooks are displayed and accessed and it will be resolved soon. Please send any questions or refer users to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk as usual.

New ebook titles – August 2016

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during August. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

9781118517864_cover.indd   Education1  Education2  Engineering1  HPS1  Medicine1  Medicine2  made in spain aw.indd  Music2  Education3  English1    Business2  Business3  african1  architecture1  business4  divinity1  education4  geography1    italian1  law1  medicine3  medicine4    music3  music4politics1   african2  education6  business5     business6  education7  education8         

Launching Cambridge Core

cambridge core

Cambridge Core is the new academic platform from Cambridge University Press. It replaces Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) and all partner press ebook content currently hosted on University Publishing Online (UPO) and combines content from them all.

Cambridge Core goes live at midnight on Sunday September 4th; from that point the links in our LibrarySearch records will lead you directly to the full text content on the new platform.

Cambridge Core offers faster and more accurate search capabilities, including extensive facetted searching, UK English and US search terms, title matching to prioritise results, and a search within functionality. The Cambridge Core Reader provides the reading experience of PDF, while maintaining HTML functionality.There is a collapsible side panel for navigation, access to contextualised tables, figures and charts, improved linking to support multimedia content, and improved links to references.

Cambridge Core uses RefME, providing over 7,500 citation styles for you to choose from. You can save searches and content to your bookmarks, for accessing anytime. You can select multiple items of content and perform an action, either downloading as a zipped PDF file, export citations, or save to bookmarks. You can save and send content to Dopbox, Google Drive or your Kindle. Chapter abstracts are being created to help you find specific content in a particular book or subject area.

An example of an ebook is shown in the screenshot below, click on the image below for a more detailed view.


If you scroll down the screen within an ebook or ejournal issue you will see the choices you have for viewing, downloading, or citing the content on the left-hand side of the page. Click on the image below for a more detailed view.

scrolled down view


acces icon = full-text content

open access icon = Open Access content

get access = unowned content

There will be further information on Cambridge Core published on this blog in due course.


New ebook titles – July 2016

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during July. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Education1   Italian1  Medicine1    Philosophy1SPS1  Zoology1  Education2  Education3       Education4  Medicine2  Philosophy2  SPS2    Zoology2  HPS1  Business1  Law1  Law2  Medicine3  SPS3  Italian2    Education5  Education6  Music1  Music2    HPS2  HPS3Medicine4   Zoology3  SPS4  Education7     Education8  HPS4  HPS5  Education13  HPS6    Music5  Engineering1  History1  Education10