New ebooks – August 2017

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.

Afr1   Education1  History1  HPS1  Law1  Maths1  Med1  Psych1   Afr2  Business1  Education2    Education3    Odena Jkt_Odena Jkt  Engineering1  History2  HPS2  HPS3  Law2  Afr3  Business2  Business3  Education5  Italian1  History3  Education6   Education7  Divi1    Education8

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Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

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To paraphrase the words of the Chicago Manual of Style team, on Monday 21st August two rare events were celebrated in the US: a solar eclipse and the unveiling of the new Chicago Manual of Style Online.

ebooks@cambridge is pleased to announce that current staff and students of the University now have access to the new 17th edition, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via this link.

About the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, published by University of Chicago Press, prescribing writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The Chicago citation style is also recommended to students by a number of Cambridge University departments for use in essays and other forms of work.

What’s new in the 17th edition?

As well as a much more up-to-date look, the site has been enhanced with additional content. Of particular interest to the ebooks@cambridge team (and hopefully to our followers) is the addition of further guidance on the tricky issue of citing electronic books. Section III is the place to look for this; in particular:

14.8 An expanded section on the use of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) in references

14.9 A new section on permalinks (finding and using permanent URLs)

14.10 A note on short form URLs

14.159 Ebooks requiring a specific application or device (e.g. Kindle ebooks)

14.160 Page or location numbers in electronic formats

For those in a hurry, the 17th edition now includes a useful Citation Quick Guide, giving brief instructions and examples for different publication types, including ebooks.

Can I still access previous editions?

You can still access the 16th edition via the home page of the 17th edition – click on 16th edition on the blue header. The 15th edition is no longer available online.

Further help

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions or comments about this or any other ebook platform.

 

New ebooks – July 2017

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   English1  9780415154963.indd  Crime & Empire AW  Art1  HPS1  Law1  Music1   Politics1  Psychology1  Sociology1    SPS1    Business1  Business2  Economics1  Education2  Education3  History2  Art2  Medicine1  Music2  Philosophy1  Psychology2  Sociology2  Sociology3   MML1  MML2    HPS2    Education4  Education5  Education6   HPS3  HPS4  HPS5  MML3  Psychology3

New ebooks – June 2017

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

Business1   Business2  Economics1  Education1  9781138203143.indd  Engineering1  English1  HPS1     Land1  MatSci1  Medicine1    MML1    Politics1  Politics2  Politics3  Business3  Business4  Education3  Education4  Education5  Education6  HPS2  HPS3  Land2  MatSci2Geography1   Geography2  Engineering2    Medicine2    Geography3  MatSci3  Politics4   9781138656642.indd  Education8  Business5  Politics5

New ebooks – May 2017

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

AMES   Classics1  Divinity1  Economics1  Education1  English1  Geography1  History1  Italian1  Linguistics1  MML1  Philosophy1  Politics1  Sociology2  SPS1  AMES2  Education2  Education3  History2  Art1  Music1  Politics2  AMES3  Politics4  Education5Geography2   Italian2  MML2    MML3     MML4  Politics3  Education6   Education7  AMES4  Italian3  Politics5

Major historical texts now available free via InteLex Commons

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With immediate effect, Cambridge University members can now access additional texts of major historical significance, at no extra cost, alongside our InteLex Past Masters collections.

Past Masters Commons makes available a growing series of important texts and translations, uncovering the history of philosophy and thought. Over time, the Commons will build up an unparalleled body of material, which includes as of now the following collections, ranging from the classical, through the late renaissance and the enlightenment, to the Nineteenth Century:

  • WrightThe Collected Works of Chauncey Wright (XML). Mathematician and philosopher Wright was a co-founder of The Metaphysical Club and an early and passionate defender of the theories of Charles Darwin.
  • SuarezFrancisco Suárez’ massive Disputationes Metaphysicae (Latin, XML). A key figure in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century revival of scholasticism, Suarez  taught both philosophy and theology and created an extensive written legacy which has influenced many later philosophers.
  • MontesquieuThe Complete Works of Montesquieu (English translation, XML). Famed for his theories on the separation of powers – an area of lasting and highly current relevance – Montesquieu is one of the most significant political philosophers of the enlightenment, whose body of work ranges across a variety of subjects relating to history, government, science and society.

  • PlotinusPlotinus’ Enneads (English translation, searchable image format). A neoplatonist who lived in the Third Century AD, Plotinus – through his Enneads – exerted considerable influence on philosophical thinking, including that of the Church Fathers.

Coming soon in 2017 are works by Montaigne, Tolstoy, Charles Sanders Peirce and Dugald Stewart, with even more to follow.

The individual titles within these collections can be found now through a search of iDiscover, with the exception of the Suárez collection, for which, unfortunately, MARC records cannot be provided by InteLex.

InteLex Past Masters

We are able to access this body of material free of charge as a customer of the premium collections available through InteLex Past Masters. For those of you who are not familiar with this service, here’s a list of those collections (click on the links for authenticated access):

As with the Commons collections, these texts can be found in iDiscover.
Please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about this resource or other aspects of ebook provision at the University.

 

Oxford Handbooks Online for 2017

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The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce the purchase of the 2017 Oxford Handbooks Online collections in twelve subject areas across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This purchase adds to the considerable backfile of Handbooks already available to the Cambridge community via the Oxford Handbooks Online platform, and has been funded by the UL’s English Collections budget and the Squire Law Library.

The twelve subjects covered are: Archaeology, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religion. As content within the 2017 collections is published, it will become immediately available to Cambridge users on the Oxford Handbooks Online platform. Here are a few  2017 titles that are already available – click on the covers for authenticated access:

Archaeology1  Classics1  Economics1  Law1  Linguistics1  Literature1  Music1  Philosophy1

To find out more about Oxford Handbooks, ‘the world’s most trusted source for scholarly research reviews’, see the Oxford Handbooks Online website.

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed here on and off campus via Raven. MARC records for ebooks in the 2017 collections will be added to iDiscover in the near future (ebooks in previous years’ collections are already searchable through iDiscover) with regular updates for new titles added during the year.

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about Oxford Handbooks Online or any other aspect of ebook provision at the University.

New ebooks – April 2017

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

Business1   Classics1  Economics1  Education1  Engineering3  English1  History1  HPS1  Italian1  Land1  Law1  Music1  Politics1  SPS1  AMES1  Computer1  Economics2  Education2  Education3  Education4  English2  HistArt1  HistArt2  Land2  Politics2Politics3   Business2  Education5    Education6     HistArt3  Politics4  Italian2   Economics3  Education7  HistArt4  Politics5

Ebooks usage 2016: a glance at the figures

We have recently completed the epic exercise of compiling 2016 usage statistics for over 75,000 ebooks on more than sixty platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the full dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but for those of you looking to get a quick idea, here are some key observations …

3.3 million hits were recorded on ebooks…

Let’s have a look at how these hits were distributed:

Share of titles by hit frequency

 

ebooks usage continues to increase, albeit more slowly…

As you can see from the graph below, the steep growth in ebooks usage that we saw between 2013 and 2015 has slowed down and looks as though it is starting to plateau. Neverthless, there was still an increase in usage of 4.43% from 2015.

Evolution ebooks hits 2012 onwards

No surprises, October was the busiest month for ebooks usage…

…followed closely by November, while at the other end of the spectrum July then June were the quietest:

Monthly usage

Let’s take a closer look at the platforms

The five ebook platforms with the biggest usage in 2016 were:

  • MyiLibrary (921,455)
  • Dawsonera (520,376)
  • ebrary (397,924)
  • Springer (249,965)
  • Cambridge Core (197,918)

The fastest growers from 2015 (excluding newly acquired platforms) were:

  • Wiley (+123.88%)
  • ICE Virtual Library (+100%)
  • English Historical Documents (+90.97%)
  • CRCnetBase Vet/Engineering/Physics (+90.91%)
  • Brill (+66.14%)

At the other end, the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Kotobarabia (17)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources (21)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (60)
  • GeoScienceWorld (71)
  • Archaeopress (77)

And the five platforms with the greatest falls in usage?

  • Elsevier eLibrary* (-85.35%)
  • Kotobarabia (-83.65%)
  • AccessMedicine (-70.03%)
  • SIAM (-65%)
  • IEEE (-60.34%)

*It should be noted that Elsevier have changed the way they count the usage for their eLibrary platform, from counting page views to chapter views, hence why the medical etextbooks statistics have dipped dramatically.

And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2016 were …

Click on the links for authenticated access, on and off-campus:

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (22,384 hits)
  2. Brain gender (12,263 hits)
  3. Reconstructing quaternary environments (11,809 hits)
  4. Classroom-based research and evidence-based practice (11,770 hits)
  5. Research methods in education (10,785 hits)
  6. Mostly harmless econometrics: an empiricist’s companion (9515 hits)
  7. Unlocking assessment: understanding for reflection and application (8679 hits)
  8. Introductory statistics (8529 hits)
  9. Bach’s Well-tempered clavier: the 48 Preludes and Fugues (8460 hits)
  10. Kicking away the ladder (7881 hits)
  11. Quantitative approaches in Business Studies (7750 hits)
  12. Ethnographic studies in subjectivity: becoming sinners… (7636 hits)
  13. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 7582 hits)
  14. Economics of financial markets (7290 hits)
  15. States and power (7084 hits)
  16. Case study research in educational settings (6931 hits)
  17. Beyond the natural body (6768 hits)
  18. Suicide: a study in Sociology (6602 hits)
  19. Chicago Manual of Style Online (6230 hits)
  20. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity (6094 hits)

*Considered an individual title by the publisher, but is actually more like an electronic resource, giving access to various titles. We have included it though as the number of hits it received seems to stand alone and is not the sum of the hits for the titles which appear on OSAIL.

Want to know more?

Download the complete spreadsheet of usage statistics for 2016 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

New ebooks – March 2017

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

Theology1   Education1  Education2  Engineering1  English1  Geography1  History1  HPS1  Italian1  Land1  Land2  Linguistics1  MML1  Music1  Philosophy1  Sociology1  Sociology2  English2  HPS2  Land3  Law1  Sociology3  AMES1  Business1  Education3Education4   English3  Geography2  HPS3     Land4  Sociology4  Education5   Education6  English4  History2  Land5