New Medical e-textbooks

medical jacketsThe ebooks@cambridge team, in liaison with the Medical Library and the Colleges has reviewed the medical e-textbook collection we subscribe to on the Elsevier Elibrary platform. Most of the titles were proving popular and appearing near the very top of the usage charts but there were also a few titles that were considerably less frequently consulted. There were also more titles which we wanted to add to the collection.

There are now 12 titles in the Elsevier collection, all of them are the latest editions, all of them are searchable in LibrarySearch and they can be used off-campus with a Raven login. They are listed below:

Davidson’s principles and practice of medicine

Illustrated textbook of paediatrics

Kumar and Clarke’s clinical medicine

Macleod’s clinical examination

Rang & Dale’s pharmacology

Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease

Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology

Essential surgery (Burkitt) NEW

Gray’s anatomy for students NEW

Mims’ medical microbiology NEW

Underwood’s pathology NEW (formerly General and systematic pathology)

Wheater’s basic pathology NEW

Three titles have been removed from the ebooks collection, these are:

Clinical examination (Epstein)

Clinical pharmacology (Bennett)

Dermatology (Gawkrodger)

You can find available print copies of these titles in Cambridge University and College libraries by searching LibrarySearch or in Newton.

iPadAccess on tablet devices

You should soon be able to read all of our Elsevier medical e-textbooks on mobile tablet devices such as iPads. At the moment 3 of the titles will not work as Elsevier are working on providing the necessary EPUB files (Essential surgery, Illustrated textbook of Paediatrics and Mims’ medical microbiology). The other 9 titles should be accessible on an iPad and they have been tested successfully using Safari and Chrome web browsers. You may find that the e-textbooks don’t work as well on other tablet devices such as the Galaxy Tab. You cannot download the e-textbooks onto iPads, PCs or any other device to use offline.

Any feedback on using Elsevier e-textbooks on tablets would be appreciated by the ebooks@cambridge team, please email or comment on this post.



dawsonera downloading arrives

dawsonera downloadingAfter a bit of a wait, dawsonera ebooks can now be downloaded to Android and Apple (iOS) mobile devices, including tablets, Smart phones, iPads and iPhones. Users will be asked to choose from 1 or 2 day downloads. Downloading to Mac computers has also been enabled.

Each of our dawsonera ebooks are available as either PDFs or as EPUB files, this depends on the publishers. Instructions for downloading these two file types are different and detailed in the online help guides available from this User Guide webpage.

Click on either Downloading ebooks to an Android device or on Downloading ebooks to iOS for step-by-step instructions. You will need to have registered for an Adobe ID if you haven’t got one already, you can do this from here. You will also need to ensure you have the Bluefire Reader App downloaded onto your device (for reading EPUB files) and the Adobe Reader App (for downloading PDF files).

You can still download dawsonera ebooks to a PC, laptop or memory stick and also to a Mac (although if the default PDF reader is Preview the ebooks won’t open, try installing and using Adobe Reader instead).

Click on this if you want to start downloading the whole ebookPlease let the ebooks@cambridge team know if you have any problems downloading dawsonera ebooks. We have had a go at downloading to an iPad2 and it worked for us but we understand there could be issues downloading to some Android mobile phones, we are monitoring this.