Enhanced access to Peter Lang monographs

Peter Lang

The ebooks@cambridge Service and the University Library is pleased to announce that free, perpetual, full-text access is now available to a defined collection of over 1,350 Peter Lang research monographs. These titles were published since 2010 and have been purchased in print by the University Library. Along with their Open Access monographs the total of accessible ebook titles on the Peter Lang platform numbers just over 2,200.

Peter Lang publishes research monographs predominantly in German and English and some other European languages across all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences including;

  • Art
  • Economics and Management
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film and Performance Studies
  • German Language and Literature
  • History
  • International Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Romance Languages and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Univesity of Cambridge registered users have access to all titles dispaying a green unlocked padlock green iconand also to those displaying a yellow unlocked padlock icon (the Open Access titles) yellow icon.

You can access the full text in html or PDF format for reading online or by downloading chapter PDFs. Please click on ‘Expand All’ under the Table of Contents section at the foot of each book page to open up the chapter access. All accessible titles are searchable in iDiscover and are available with unlimited concurrency both on and off campus (via a Raven login for non open access titles).

There is a publisher-supplied user guide with information on searching, browsing, and citing references which you can access from here.

Jean Barois     Der Zweite Weltkrieg im polnischen und deutschen kulturellen Gedächtnis    Santiago de Compostela     Transatlantic Poe

aristotle on the meaning of man     hearts and minds     Les littératures du Maghreb et d_Afrique subsaharienne     Metalinguistic perpsectives on germanic languages

Please contact the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions or feedback.

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Statistically speaking, how popular were our ebooks in 2017?

The ebooks@cambridge team have collated the ebook collection usage statistics for the calendar year 2017. Last year over 56,000 academic ebook titles were consulted across nearly 60 platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the whole dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but a brief summary of the findings is also presented in this post.

4,035,929 hits were recorded on ebooks…

Lets have a look at how these hits were distributed:

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Ebook usage spiked in 2017, there was over a 22% rise on 2016 figures, after a couple of years of levelling out. The graph below illustrates the growth in our ebook collection usage since 2012, during this 6 year period there has been a rise of over 284%:

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October was once again the standout month where our ebooks were working the hardest (over 617,000 hits), followed closely by November. September was the sleepiest month for our ebook collections but they still attracted over 138,000 hits:

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Platform highs

Our most popular ebook platforms are well used generally because there are large numbers of ebook titles hosted on them (including titles which appear on sometimes multiple reading lists), covering a wide range of subjects.

The 5 ebook platforms with the highest usage were:

  • MyiLibrary* (896,162)
  • Dawsonera (662,853)
  • Cambridge Core** (626,680)
  • Ebook Central (469,381)
  • SpringerLink (347,544)

*MyiLibrary is now no more, as of April 2018 all owned titles migrated to Ebook Central.
**These figures exclude Cambridge Companions, Histories, and Shakespeare Survey titles.

Some of the ebooks platforms which have seen the highest increase in usage don’t necessarily host large numbers of ebook titles or receive many thousands of hits; for example Manchester Medieval Sources Online (MMSO) is included but only offers a very small focused collection of well respected titles. The number of hits on MMSO in 2017 was 549, so relatively few, but this was a very substantial increase in hits from the 2016 usage figures, hence MMSO’s inclusion in the list below.

The 5 ebook platforms/collections with the highest rises in usage were:

  • Ebook Central (+3319%)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources Online (+2514%)
  • JSTOR (+1941%)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (+485%)
  • Cambridge Companions (+391%)

Platform lows

Some of our ebook platforms host only one or two titles, or the ebooks are of very niche interest, for example the Italian-language platform Torrossa, Kotobarabia which hosts Arabic content, or Nomos where only one title has so far been purchased. Just because these ebook platforms receive fewer hits does not mean that the titles hosted on them are less valuable; bearing this in mind the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Nomos (7)
  • Kotobarabia (27)
  • IEEE (73)
  • Brepols (100)
  • Torrossa (114)

There are a wide variety of reasons for falls in usage, course and reading list changes, maybe a previously well used title is replaced by another, and sometimes publishers change how they count usage statistics. Here are the five platforms which saw the greatest usage declines:

  • Ovid (-74%)
  • English Historical Documents (-59%)
  • IOP Science (-38%)
  • Oxford Textbook of Medicine (-30%)
  • Wiley Online (-23%)

 

And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2017 embrace a wide range of subjects…

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

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (17,877 hits)
  2. The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets (17,183 hits)
  3. Brain Gender (15,901 hits)
  4. Chicago Manual of Style (14,561 hits)
  5. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion (14,469 hits)
  6. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues (12,129 hits)
  7. Organizational Behavior Global Edition (12,125 hits)
  8. Research Methods in Education (10,435 hits)
  9. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 (10,212 hits)
  10. Glaciers and Glaciation, 2nd edition (9,002 hits)
  11. Ponto de Encontro: Pearson New International Edition (8,824 hits)
  12. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (8,812 hits)
  13. Kicking Away the Ladder (8,441 hits)
  14. Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice : A Guide for Teachers (8,262 hits)
  15. Operations Management (8,150 hits)
  16. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (7,578 hits)
  17. Saul Kripke (7,176 hits)
  18. The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects (7,082 hits)
  19. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (7,060 hits)
  20. The Psychology of Language : From Data to Theory (6,821 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 2017 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

 

Facet Publishing titles are now on Cambridge Core

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Facet Publishing ebooks for library and information professionals are now live on Cambridge Core.

“Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the library and information association is the leading publisher of academic and professional books for library and information professionals, students and researchers of Library and Information Science and archivists, records managers and the cultural heritage community globally.”

For the cataloguers out there you may be interested in J. H. Bowman’s Essential Cataloguing: the basics and Vanda Broughton’s Essential Classification (2nd ed.). essential cataloguing bowman          essential classification broughton

For those working in research data management you may find titles such as Andy Tattersall’s Altmetrics or Rice and Southall’s The Data Librarian’s Handbook useful.  altmetrics        data librarians handbook

Subjects covered also include Archives Management, Acquisitions and Collections Development, Copyright Information Law and Ethics, Information Literacy, Library Design, Museums and Cultural Heritage, and Scholarly Communication.

Layout 1   information literacy   copyright   rare books

Facet publications are available for all University of Cambridge registered staff and students to access, both on and off campus (with a Raven login) and these titles will be searchable in iDiscover soon.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Intersentia and Wits University Press books available on Cambridge Core

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Cambridge Universty Press have partnered with the following two publishing houses in 2018:

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Intersentia Ltd is an independent and rapidly developing international publishing house based in Cambridge, UK. The Intersentia list covers private and public law, as well as the criminal law of different jurisdictions, European Union law, comparative law, international law and human rights. They publish academic, professional, and educational monographs and edited collections.

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Wits University Press was established in 1922. As the oldest university press in South Africa, it is strategically placed at the crossroads of African and global knowledge production and dissemination. It is highly regarded for the high quality and progressive content of its publications, as well as it’s increasingly broadening author base, including researchers from across Africa.

Intersentia and Wits University Press ebooks are hosted alongside tens of thousands of other partner press and Cambridge University Press titles on Cambridge Core and the titles are available for University of Cambridge registered users to access (on and off campus via a Raven login) in the usual way. All the titles available so far (83 Intersentia and 83 WUP) were published in 2018. You can download a list of available titles from the relevant press home page on the Cambridge Core site or from Intersentia and Wits University Press. These collections will grow as new titles are published and added to Cambridge Core.

These newly available titles will be available in iDiscover soon.

Please click on the dust jacket images below to access the full text of some of these newly published titles:

European Contract Law     Human rights in a positive state     Children's rights

Regarding Muslims: from slavery to post-apartheid     Fees must fall    The First Ethiopians

If you have any questions, please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2018

Raymond Knapp traces the musical legacy of German Idealism as it led to the declining prestige of composers such as Haydn while influencing the development of American popular music in the nineteenth century, in Making Light: Haydn, Musical Camp, and the Long Shadow of German Idealism, published recently by Duke University Press.        making light

Knapp identifies in Haydn and in early popular American musical cultures such as minstrelsy and operetta a strain of high camp—a mode of engagement that relishes both the superficial and serious aspects of an aesthetic experience—that runs antithetical to German Idealism’s musical paradigms. Making Light is just one of 35 new titles published so far in 2018, now available on the Duke University Press Books platform for University of Cambridge registered users, thanks to continued funding by the University Library. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Film & Television Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies/Queer Theory, Gender Studies/Feminist Theory, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Science Studies.

M archive    Fractivism    Ezili    garbage

archiveology    Tropical riffs    Bodyminds    Primer for teaching African Studies

A further 95 titles will be published online during 2018 and alongside these, members of the University have access to the owned 2017 and 2016 collections and over 2,200 back list titles published between 1964 and 2015. Full-text availability is indicated at the title and chapter level by the following symbol Available.

All available titles are listed on iDiscover and access is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the iDiscover records. If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password. Alternatively, you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the Duke University Press Books platform.

If you have any comments or questions about this collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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Cambridge Elements on Cambridge Core

Cambridge University Press have recently started to publish titles in their innovative Cambridge Elements series; these are “original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific research, organised into focused series edited by leading scholars, and providing comprehensive coverage of the key topics in disciplines spanning the arts and sciences. Regularly updated and conceived from the start for a digital environment, they provide a dynamic reference resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners.”

Cambridge University Press are allowing free access to published Elements on the Cambridge Core platform for a limited period of time; there are currently 14 available titles spanning series such as Corporate Governance, Emerging Theories and Technologies in Metamaterials, Religion and Violence, Flexible and Large-Area Electronics, Political Economy, Public Policy, and Evolutionary Economics.

All of the titles are available to read online (as PDFs or in HTML) or may be purchased in print and all of them are searchable in iDiscover.

            

There are many more series with titles forthcoming, these include;

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford Handbooks Online – new titles for 2018

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The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce the purchase of the 2018 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, the Connell Fund, and the Squire Law Library.

Coverage

The twelve subjects covered are: Archaeology, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religion. Here are a few of the completed 2018 titles that are already available – click on the covers for authenticated access:

water politics     community music     american sports law     freedom

Later medieval     economic geography     ethics of war     sources of international law

Monthly updates to the platform ensure that chapters from as yet unfinished handbook titles are available online in advance of print publication. With this, University of Cambridge registered users receive the most current, and authoritative coverage possible, although bibliographic records will not appear in iDiscover until handbook titles are complete.

Brand new titles in 2018 (not in iDiscover yet) include…

Access

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed on and off campus via Raven. MARC records for completed ebooks in the 2018 collections are available in iDiscover  (ebooks in previous years’ collections are already searchable through iDiscover) with regular updates for completed new titles added during the year.

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have queries or feedback on this collection.

algorithmic music  eating disorders  computational economics

 

Institute of Physics ‘born digital’ ebooks – Release 3

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The Betty and Gordon Moore Library is pleased to announce that Release 3 titles from two complementary, born-digital ebook collections, IOP Expanding Physics and IOP Concise Physics are now available for registered Cambridge staff and students. These titles were published online during the academic year 2016-17 and serve the needs of both undergraduates and researchers; they are hosted on the the IOPscience platform.

IOP ebooks allow unlimited concurrent usage and are available on and off campus (with a Raven login). The titles are published in HTML, PDF, and EPUB formats, and can be downloaded or read online.

The 70 new titles are searchable in iDiscover and you can also find a list of the titles in both Release 3 collections here. These new titles complement earlier owned and accessible published titles in Physics from Releases 1 and 2.

The ebooks@cambridge team welcome queries or comments on these new titles, please email us on ebooks@cam.ac.uk.

ringed planet    beyond curie    effective science communication    searching for dark matter

principles-of-lightning-physics                lectures-on-general-relativity-cosmology-and-quantum-black-holes

New Routledge Handbooks Online titles available now

genomics  veils  thinking and reasoning  queer development

Thanks to the Connell Fund there are 72 new handbook, international handbook, companion, and history titles available for Cambridge University users on Routledge Handbooks Online. These have all been selected by Faculty and Departmental librarians and they cover the following subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology & Classics, Business & Economics, Communication Journalism Media & Culture, Development Studies, Education, Environment & Sustainability, History, Linguistics, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Security Studies, and Sociology. These new titles complement the existing collection on the Routledge Handbooks Online platform and bring the number of accessible titles up to 502.

All titles are free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and available in PDF and HTML format. All chapters have an accompanying abstract. The titles are available on and off campus (using a Raven login) and all of them are searchable in iDiscover. You are also able to filter your searches on the platform so that only “full access only” (owned) titles and chapters are displayed.

Complete list of new titles:

of interest for Archaeology & Anthropology

  • Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology
  • Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice
  • Routledge Handbook of Latin American Culture
  • Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling
  • Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration
  • Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance
  • Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics
  • Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies
  • Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism
  • Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health
  • Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research
  • Routledge History of Global War and Society
  • Routledge Companion to Spatial History
  • Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Routekdge History Handbook of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military
  • Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health
  • Routledge Companion to Cultural Property

of interest for Divinity

  • The Biblical World
  • Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology

of interest for Education

  • Handbook of Techniques for Formative Evaluation
  • Handbook of Data-based Decision Making in Education
  • Handbook of Design Research Methods in Education
  • Routledge Handbook of Politics and Technology
  • Handbook of Motivation at School
  • Handbook of Special Education 2nd ed
  • Routledge International Handbook of Early Childhood Play
  • Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education
  • Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction, 2nd edition

of interest for Philosophy

  • Ancient Philosophy and Religion Vol 1
  • Early Modern Philosophy and Religion Vol 3
  • The Nietzschean Mind
  • Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy
  • Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School
  • Routledge Handbook of Metaethics
  • Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism

of interest for POLIS

  • Routledge Handbook of European Elections
  • Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science
  • Routledge Handbook of IPE
  • Routledge Handbook of Security Studies
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations
  • Ashgate Research Companion to New Public Management
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors
  • Ashgate Research Companion to the Politics of Democratization in Europe
  • Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations
  • Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics
  • Handbook of Education Politics and Policy 2nd ed
  • Routledge Companion to Art and Politics
  • Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

of interest for Psychology

  • International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning
  • Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice

of interest for Sociology

  • Handbook of Immigration & Refugee Studies
  • Handbook of Mass Media Ethics
  • Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics
  • Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism
  • Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture
  • Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories
  • Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality
  • Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies
  • Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights
  • Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication
  • Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication
  • Routledge Companion to Media and Humanitarian Action
  • Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment
  • Routledge Handbook on Consumption
  • Routledge Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society, 2nd ed
  • Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills
  • Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies
  • Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies

If you have any queries please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

MyiLibrary ebooks – save your notes now!

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The Library provides access to ebooks via a variety of different platforms. One of these, MyiLibrary, is going to shut down in late April. The ebooks we own on this platform will be migrating to another site, Ebook Central, on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Ebook Central offers many excellent features, meaning you should have an improved experience when accessing the migrated ebooks on this platform.

After the migration, you will still be able to access the e-books as normal via iDiscover.

Is there anything you can do to prepare?

Patron bookshelves, notes, bookmarks and highlights will not migrate to Ebook Central. If you use these features and you want to save your bookshelf history and notes then please follow the advice below.

Print your MYI bookshelf list and history

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account (top of screen, on black bar) and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Bookshelf option.
  • With the list of books displayed, use the browser’s print option to print the list.

Print/email notes you have made within MYI ebooks

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Notes option.
  • A page will display a list of books in which you have made notes, together with the notes themselves and page references. Select those you wish to print or email and click Print Selected or Email Selected. Note that you need to have added your email address to your account for the email option to work.
  • You can also download a helpsheet about this process.

Unfortunately there is no way to transfer highlights or bookmarks to Ebook Central.

If you have any questions or comments about this migration, please get in touch with Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.