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

Bloomsbury Professional Online

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The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce that members of the University now have access to a twelve-month subscription to Bloomsbury Professional Online, funded by the Squire Law Library.

We are the first university to subscribe to this service, which is aimed at a professional audience. Bloomsbury Professional publish high quality books and digital products for lawyers, tax practitioners, accountants and business professionals. The Bloomsbury Professional Online platform should not be confused with Bloomsbury Collections, a separate academic service about which we posted recently.

The platform gives access to well over a hundred practitioner ebooks in aspects of the law including family law, banking and finance law, charities, criminal negligence, company and commercial law, employment law, environmental law, insolvency law, local government law, maritime law, mediation, partnerships, pensions, professional negligence, property and land law, sport law and UK law. A full list of titles can be browsed on the left-hand sidebar of the platform; meanwhile, here is a selection (as usual, click on the covers for authenticated access):

Acquisition finance  Child care  Bribery  Employment tribunals handbook  Environmental impact  Buying and selling  Cornerstone  Law of carriage  Mediation law  Pensions law  Flat schemes  Challenging sports

Access to Bloomsbury Professional Online

Bloomsbury Professional Online can be accessed on and off campus with Raven. Content can be viewed online within your browser, and excerpts can be exported to Word and kept indefinitely.

We hope to be able to load MARC records for individual titles soon to make these discoverable through iDiscover, but in the meantime please access the platform directly and browse the title list on the left-hand sidebar.

As usual, if you have any questions about this or any other ebook platforms or titles, please get in touch with ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

109 new ebooks available from Routledge Handbooks Online

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The ebooks@cambridge team is pleased to announce that 109 new handbooks are now available to Cambridge University members via Routledge Handbooks Online. These new titles have been selected by Faculty and Departmental librarians from the 2015 and 2016 collections and cover a wide range of subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology & Classics, Asian Studies, Business, Communication, Education, Environment & Sustainability, Geography, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and South Asian Studies.

94 of the new titles have been funded by the Connell Fund, which was also used for our recent acquisition of new ebook collections from Bloomsbury Collections, about which we posted recently. Below is a selection of these titles. Click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links. You can see a  complete list of these 94 new titles by downloading RHO title selection Connell 2016-17.

Sociology1  Arch1  Business1  Education1  Sustain1  Geog1  Hist1  MiddleEast1  Phil1  Politics1  Religion1  Geog2

15 of the new titles have been funded by the South Asian Studies Library. Again, here is a selection with links (and the full list can be downloaded here: RHO Asian Studies):

Asian1  SAS1  SAS2  Asian2

About Routledge Handbooks

Routledge Handbooks bring together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. The online versions are available DRM-free, as HTML and pdf files, and are fully searchable thanks to the platform’s search tools and rich meta-data, including abstracts for each chapter.

Access to Routledge Handbooks Online

The Routledge Handbooks Online platform can be accessed on and off-campus here. Records for the new and existing individual handbooks will be listed within iDiscover within the next few days.

Need help?

As ever, please send your comments or queries about this platform or any other aspect of ebook provision to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

 

New ebook collections now available from Bloomsbury

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The number of ebooks available to members of the University via Bloomsbury Collections has recently increased significantly with the purchase of several new collections.

The following collections have been purchased on the recommendation of the Connell Fund librarians, using part of the Connell Fund ebooks allocation for 2016-17:

  • Anthropology 2017 – 11 titles
  • History 2016 – 74 titles
  • Philosophy 2015 – 54 titles
  • Theology 2015 – 21 titles

A complete list of titles within these collections is available to download to Excel here: bloomsbury-titles. Here is a small selection – click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links:

Duchy of Warsaw  Britain in the Middle East  atonement  eucharist  logic-of-the-digital  soviet-street  birth-of-the-english  desire-in-ashes

Additionally, the Squire Law Library has purchased all of the archive and front list Law ebook collections on the Bloomsbury Collections site:

  • C.H. Beck ∙ Hart ∙ Nomos 2014 – 2017
  • Comparative Law, Legal History and Legal Studies
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract, Tort and Restitution
  • Corporate and Financial Law
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • European Law
  • Family and Social Law
  • Hart Publishing 2014 – 2017
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Labour & Discrimination Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Litigation & Civil Procedure
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • The Law of Property and Trusts

This opens up access to nearly 1,100 extra titles, including all the Hart published books, along with C.H.Beck and Nomos published law titles. A small selection of titles with authenticated links appears below, and a complete list is available to download here: bloomsbury-law.

innovations  enforcing-pollution-control  judging-europes-judges  constitution-of-japan  relocation-disputes  art-copyright  democtractic-aspects  law-policy-reproductive

All of these new collections are now switched on and can be accessed on and off campus via Bloomsbury Collections. MARC records have been loaded for most individual titles (some records pending for History and Philosophy) and are searchable now in iDiscover. Records for titles within Anthropology 2017 and Hart and Beck 2017 will be loaded as they become available.

As usual, the ebooks@cambridge service will be happy to respond to any queries about these collections via ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.