ACLS Humanities Ebook now offering PDF chapter downloads

The ACLS Humanities Ebook platform is now offering DRM-free PDF chapter downloads for its page image titles (that’s those titles – the majority – that display the icon-book icon). This is a significant platform enhancement, greatly simplifying use of the content.

How does it work?

From the TOC page, click on a chapter heading to get into the title. Once in the e-book, you will see three buttons in the top left corner of the e-reader. Click on the button labeled “Chapter PDF”:

ACLS chapter download button

 

and then the “Download this chapter as PDF” link:

ACLS download link

Depending on your browser settings, the PDF will either open in a new browser tab or download directly to a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. If the PDF opens in your browser and you wish to open it in a reader, hover your cursor over the centre-bottom of the screen and click the download button that appears:

ACLS download button

Tell me more about the ACLS Humanities Ebook platform

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of around 5,000 books of high quality in the humanities. These titles are offered by the American Council of Learned Societies in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library. The goals of this collaboration are to assist scholars in the electronic publication of high-quality works in the humanities, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new media, and to help assure the continued viability of scholarship in today’s changing publishing environment. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book platform is available on and off-campus to members of the University. The platform does not currently work with EZProxy, so off-campus users will need to click on the ‘Login for Full access’ buttons that display on book title pages, select University of Cambridge as your institution, then enter your Raven username and password.

Please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about this platform.

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Popular ebooks, Michaelmas Term 2017

There follows a list of owned ebooks, hosted on a variety of supplier platforms, which have been in demand over the Michaelmas Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Finding italy    biogeography    Piers    HUMAN EVOLUTION

Cox – Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach (9th ed.)

Crew – Bodies and Ruins

Müller – Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe

Tse – Corporate Finance: the basics

Fletcher – Finding Italy: Travel, Nation, and Colonization in Vergil’s Aeneid

Kuhn – Handbook of Child Psychology: Cognition, Perception, and Language

Gamble – Hayek: the Iron Cage of Liberty

Craig – Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Mullins – Management and Organisational Behaviour (11th ed.)

Beetham – Max Weber and the Theory of Modern Politics

Langland – Piers Plowman: A Modern Verse Translation

Lewin – Principles of Human Evolution (2nd ed.)

Barber – Print culture and the First Yoruba Novel: I. B. Thomas’s life story of Me, Segilola and Other Texts

Francis – The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990

Kittler – The Truth of the Technological World: Essays on the Genealogy of Presence

Nelson – The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

Duffy – The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400–-1580 (2nd ed.)

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

conservatives     DNA     management    stripping

 

New ebooks – November 2017

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during November. 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.

Anth1   Arch1  Bus1  Bus2  Comp1  Educ1  Educ2  Educ3   Engl1  Engl2  Geog1    Hist1    Hist2  HPS1  Land1  Land2  Lam1  Law1  Med1  MML1  MML2  Phil1  POL1  POL2  Soc1   Bus3  Soc2  POL3      Archa1  Archa2  Educ4  Educ5  Educ6  Educ7  Educ8  Engl3    Engl4 Hist3  Hist4  MML3        

New titles available from ACLS Humanities ebooks

As of August this year, there are 154 new titles available on the ACLS Humanities ebooks platform, including titles from new publishers like The Ohio State University Press & Bucknell University Press, and expanding subject areas in Islamic Studies, Gender, Race, Architecture and more.

Here is a selection of the new titles – click on the covers to access them (a complete list of the new titles can be downloaded to Excel here: HEB2017_TitleRelease):

Stalinism  Without lying down  Ghetto  Beyond  Fixing men  whitewashing  heirs  Dust bowl Dragon   Literature  Rap   Nuns

Records for the new titles are not yet available in iDiscover, but will be added in January. Meanwhile, members of the University can access all new and existing titles on and off-campus via the ACLS Humanities ebooks platform. NB For off-campus access, you will need to click on the ‘Login for Full access’ buttons that display on book title pages, select University of Cambridge as your institution, then enter your Raven username and password.

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk for further assistance.

Duke University Press launches new platform for ebooks and ejournals

Duke

Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually and over 50 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections. A not-for-profit scholarly publisher, the Press is best known for publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

Thanks to the UL’s English Collections fund, Cambridge University members have electronic access to a growing collection of new book titles from Duke, as well as 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the archive collection in the following subjects: AMES, Anthropology, Education, English, History, Music, South Asian Studies and SPS.

On November 20th, Duke University Press launched a new online platform hosted by Silverchair Information Systems. The platform can be accessed on and off campus via the following link: http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=https://read.dukeupress.edu.

Features of the new platform include:

  • Intuitive and ‘clean’ design
  • Simultaneous searching of ebook and ejournal content
  • Useful search limits, including limit by format, date range and availability
  • Filter search results to easily find images
  • Browse book chapters by subject
  • DRM-free downloading of all purchased content to pdf
  • The site is natively mobile, adapting to devices of any size

Records for Duke University Press ebooks are in iDiscover and links are now redirecting seamlessly to the new platform.

As usual, if you have any questions about this platform, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

New ebooks – October 2017

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during October. 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.

9781612055459   AMES1  AMES2  AMES3  Anth1  Bus1  Bus2  Classics1   Education1  Education2  Education3    Education4    Education5  Education6  Education7  Porteous_Structural_9.indd  English1  English2  English3  English4  Hist1  Hist2  HPS1  Land1  Law1   Mat1  Med1  MML1      Music1  Music2  Pharm1  Phil1  Plant1  Pol1  Pol2  PO3    Pol3 Pol4  Pol5  Pol6  SAS1  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3

Explore our medical ebooks

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Are you a busy medical student studying at the University of Cambridge?

Did you know about the ebooks the library has been buying for you? Many of them are the latest editions of key titles. Check out a selection below. These and hundreds more medical titles are searchable in iDiscover.

Really new additions to our ebooks collection

roitts          clinical dermatology

pediatric         drug

Pretty new ebook titles in our collection

berne                obstetrics

global health          abc

Older but still crucial…

Principles neural        Untitled-1

larsen's         palliative

If you would like to recommend medical titles for ebook purchasing please email the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk or contact staff in the Medical Library.

Taylor & Francis eBooks – a new ebooks platform

T&F

Taylor & Francis have launched a new ebooks platform, Taylor & Francis eBooks. This new platform replaces the old Taylor and Francis eBooks and CRCnetBASE platforms and will be a single destination for University of Cambridge registered users to access library-purchased publisher ebook content across the Taylor & Francis imprints; these include CRC Press, Psychology Press, Routledge, Routledge Academic, and Routledge India .

Searching and finding accessible content

The new platform offers an enhanced user experience, with searching at the book title and chapter level and the ability to limit search results to owned content. You can also filter search results by subject, publication date and imprints (e.g. Routledge or CRC Press). Owned ebook content displays in search results or browse screens with a green tick icon, and Open Access content displays with a yellow @ symbol, both of these are shown in the screenshot below. (There are currently over 1,300 owned ebooks hosted on Taylor & Francis eBooks, and an additional 30 Open Access titles, these titles span mainly the Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects, with a few owned titles in Veterinary Sciences, Engineering and other Sciences.)

access T&F ebooks

Downloading and reading online

Plugins are no longer needed to be able to download chapters or whole ebooks as PDFs, or to read books online. *Note: not all books and chapters will be able to be read online but all of our owned ebooks should be available for downloading as PDFs. Below is an example of an entry page for a library-purchased ebook, indicated by the green ‘Full Access’ icon. This title is not available for reading online but is available for downloading, as indicated by the text in the pale blue bar.

book display

The publisher states that IE11 and above, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers are all supported and that the site is fully responsive on a mobile phone and tablet. *Note: the online reader should work fully on a PC or tablet devices but some features will not be enabled on a mobile phone.

Redirecting links

As of Tuesday November 7, 2017, permanent redirects have been activated from the old content to the new platform. So the vast majority of the authenticated URLs in our owned ebook records searchable in iDiscover will now lead to the ebook content hosted on the new platform. *Note: there are currently a very small number of Routledge and CRC Press titles which will continue to be hosted on the old platforms, this is for a variety of reasons which are being worked on by the publisher, and in time all of these titles will be migrated on to the new platform. A list of these titles are available on request from the ebooks team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new platform are available from the publishers website.

If you want to send feedback or report any issues with access to Routledge or CRC Press ebooks hosted on the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform, then please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team, on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

*Note: it is anticipated that the Routledge Handbooks Online collection will migrate to the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform during 2018. It is also planned that the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics will migrate to the new platform, at some future date.

Private International Law ebooks

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The Squire Law Library is pleased to announce that access is now available to the Private International Law (PRIL) ebook module on the Oxford Legal Research Library platform.

The module brings together key reference works in private international law and is an exceptional resource for practitioners and scholars researching in the field. It contains 18 books, including Richard Fentiman’s International Commercial Litigation which is a very important text and one that is heavily in demand by Law students. Amongst other things, it also has Cheshire, North & Fawcett’s Private International Law which is on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate reading lists. Here are a few more of the available titles:

Briggs: Agreements on Jurisdiction and Choice of Law

Briggs: Private International Law in the English Courts

Garnett: Substance and Procedure in Private International Law

Raphael: The Anti-Suit Injunction

Records for most of these titles are already searchable in iDiscover, and the rest will be added as soon as they are available. This collection is available both on and off campus with a Raven login.

Don’t forget that members of the University also have access to the 38 authoritative titles within the Financial & Banking Law module on Oxford Legal Research Library. A recent blog post gives some more details about this collection.

As usual, if you have any feedback on this new collection then please contact the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Changes to Dawsonera ebook downloading

Those of you who use Dawsonera ebooks may have noticed that the way you can download ebooks from the platform is changing. The following notice has been displayed on the downloading part of the site for the past couple of months.

Dawsonera download changes

From Tuesday the 31st October Adobe Reader will no longer support the downloading of Dawsonera ebooks, instead you will need to have the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software loaded onto your PC or laptop. (You also need ADE to download Ebook Central ebooks, so if you can download these then you should be ok.)

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will be required for downloading both PDF and ePub Dawsonera ebooks onto a PC or a laptop. You can download ADE for free from here. Some e-readers also support ADE, and you can access a list of these from the ADE website.

For those users who want to download Dawsonera ebooks onto mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, you will need to ensure you have Bluefire Reader installed. This free app can be found at the iOS App Store or the Android alternatives.

To download ebooks:

  • Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Go to the Adobe website, click SIGN IN then “get an Adobe ID”.
  • Download ADE or the BlueFire Reader app.
  • Authorise ADE or the BlueFire Reader app with your Adobe ID.
  • Access the e-book on Dawsonera via iDiscover and choose to download to either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader as appropriate.

There is also guidance on downloading ADE on the Dawsonera help pages.

You can authorise up to 6 computers / devices with your Adobe ID. Authorising your computers / devices with the same Adobe ID means that an ebook you download to one will be available to you on the others.

You may find it advisable to select the read onlineoption if you are not using your own computer or laptop to access Dawsonera ebooks. Although you may well be able to download using ADE on the university’s managed cluster computers, unless that machine is authorised to your own Adobe ID, then that ebook download will be tied to that machine. Authorising computers you may never use again to your Adobe ID may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.