History e-resources drop-in sessions

The Seeley Library team are running two drop-in sessions next week covering all things History e-resources…

Location: Seminar room 7, 2nd Floor, Faculty of History
Dates: Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th November
Times: drop in with your questions anytime 1-2 pm


Not sure what are the most important resources for your paper? Want to find an article online but no idea how? Or having trouble accessing an e-book? If you have any questions about e-books, e-journals or any other e-resources bring them along to these informal and friendly drop-in sessions. If you simply want to know a bit more the team will also be happy to talk to you about e-resources in general and why you should consider using them during your studies.


Elsevier Medical ETextbooks are now downloadable!

Are you a medic?

Did you know that the 12 titles we own on Elsevier ETextbooks are now downloadable?

From the Elsevier ETextbooks Bookshelf you can see that the download option is now available under online reading:


Each title can be downloaded for 48 hours, using the iPublishCentral Reader:elsevier4

Click here for more detailed instructions about downloading this. If you have any problems don’t hesitate to email us on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk

Also, don’t forget which titles we have…

  • Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 21st Edition
  • Essential Surgery, 4th Edition
  • Gray’s Anatomy for Students, 2nd Edition
  • Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics, 4th Edition
  • Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine, 8th Edition
  • Macleod’s Clinical Examination, 13th Edition
  • Mims’ Medical Microbiology, 5th Edition
  • Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology, 7th Edition
  • Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th Edition
  • Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th Edition
  • Underwood’s Pathology, 6th Edition
  • Wheater’s Basic Pathology, 5th Edition

davidson        Grays         rang

We’ve been looking at our usage statistics…

…and here is the overview for 2013…

With nearly 1.5 million hits on our ebook collections usage is up by almost 40% on 2012.

This year May, October and November were the busiest months for ebooks usage…


The most used titles were in the subjects Education, Medicine, Business and Law.

The top ten titles were…

Top 10 titles

And now it’s well into 2014, why not check out some of our newly purchased titles…

AfricaandBlues  Psychiatry  Poeticform

Chemistry Drop-in Session

Start the new year by solving all your ebook worries!

Date: Wednesday 29th January

Time: 1pm – 2pm (pop in whenever you like)

Venue: Cybercafé, Department of Chemistry

Chemistrydropin   ChemistryLibrary

Got any questions about using ebooks? Come along and talk to the ebooks@cambridge team, who will be available in this informal session to answer any queries. We can show you how to find, access and download titles, and look into any problems you may be having.

Feel free to bring along your tablet, mobile, or e-reader – there will be Wi-fi available. We will also have a range of devices available for you to try. For more information see this poster created by the Chemistry library team.

If you are not sure where to go, go to the Department Reception and you will be directed from there.

Translated Texts for Historians book series – free trial

University of Cambridge members can now access the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library until Friday 7th March.

This is a 54-volume digital library with over 14,000 pages of translated historical sources from A.D. 300–800. Examples of the content include the political letters and speeches of Ambrose of Milan to Zachariah of Mytilene’s Chronicle.

Books can be read online by going to the E-Library and clicking on the titles…


… and then the book cover which says ‘Look Inside’


Note that during the trial we do not have the ability to download the PDF.

You may find it easier to read the title if you click to FullscreenTTfH

Access is available both on and off campus. If you are off campus you will need to log in using Raven:

1. Go to the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library

2. Click on ‘Institutional Login’ on the right hand side of the page:

InstLoginTTfH3. Select the country (United Kingdom) and institution (University of Cambridge) – note that if you tick ‘Remember my selections’ you won’t have to do this each time you access the content.

4. Click ‘Log in’, and then enter your Raven details as usual.

If you think this online collection is valuable and useful for your studies please send your comments to the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk. If you don’t like the platform or find it difficult to use, please contact us to tell us why.

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

This resource will be available in LibrarySearch from January 2014.


New online subscription: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online

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The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day.  It features advanced search options, as well as extensive cross-references and full-text search functionality using the Hebrew character set. With over 850 entries and approximately 400 contributing scholars, the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online is the authoritative reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Hebrew linguistics, general linguistics, Biblical studies, Hebrew and Jewish literature, and related fields.

Access the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online via the link here.

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The joys and perils of Ebooks, we thought it would be easier!

On the 26th November I attended this conference run by JIBS – ‘JIsc (assisted) Bibliographic dataserviceS’. They work with bibliographic and full text data services which are made available to Higher and Further Education institutions. JISC is a registered charity who champion the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.

The main purpose of the day was to discuss the difficulties faced with the uptake of ebooks in academic institutions. We began with a talk from Caren Milloy, Head of Projects at JISC Collections. She gave a general overview of the current situation, including a run through of a timeline showing how JISC has worked with ebooks since 2001. One project of particular significance was the National E-books Observatory Project which ran between 2007 and 2010, the first piece of research looking at how ebooks are used by students. This involved offering 36 ‘free-at-point-of-use’ course text e-books within 127 universities. Students appeared to be using ebooks for a different reason to print, spending very short periods of time within the text. Interestingly it was also found that the introduction of ebooks had no effect on print circulation in these libraries. Caren also gave an introduction to PDA (Patron Driven Acquisition), which Jill Taylor Roe from Newcastle University  expanded on later in the day.

Our second talk was given by Elaine Mulholland from St Mary’s University College, Belfast, who introduced us to ebooks in Further Education. She has carried out some research into lecturing staff’s perceptions, attitudes and experiences of ebooks in Northern Ireland. Areas of interest included studying gender bias in the use of ebooks, of which none could be seen, and what were the most common methods of discovery, email notifications. A majority of lecturers (54.2%) were found to not use ebooks because they were unaware of the relevant titles available in the subject they teach. This confirms how important promotion is, with 65% of lecturers saying that instruction by librarians is vital. Finally Elaine emphasised that further education colleges need to work together in order to increase the use and availability of ebooks.

After a break Jill Taylor Roe, Deputy Librarian at Newcastle University, talked to us more about PDA. Firstly she discussed how libraries are a service and so it is a given that they should care about satisfaction, especially in order to ensure financial stability and future investments. By using models such as PDA the library was getting students involved in their book selection, using the overdue loans income to fund the project, for both print and electronic material. EBL was chosen as they could profile usage by department, and exposed costs to users in the library catalogue records.  Overall PDA, which has been running in Newcastle for 4 years now, has had a positive effect on the results in the National Student Survey (NSS) for Newcastle, and caused interlibrary loans to drop in number significantly.


The EBL interface http://www.eblib.com/ (02/12/2013)

Ken Chad was next to speak, founder of Ken Chad Consulting Ltd, whose work includes projects for JISC and SCONUL. He began by discussing the medical student Josh Harding, who spoke at this year’s UKSG conference, sharing his vision of textbooks that ‘study me as I study them’. He has become a ‘paperless student’, effectively side-lining the library, with all his resources available on his iPad. Ken spoke of how Josh uses Inkling, which provides interactive books for individuals hence enhancing the learning experience. See a blog of Josh’s talk at the UKSG Conference 2013 by the ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group’s Chair, Sarah Stamford here. The University of Nottingham has gone some way to improve accessibility to etextbooks by creating their own free ones on the Apple platform, therefore making them easily discoverable. This is one problem with the library catalogue – it requires so many clicks to reach the resource you need, leading to many students automatically using Google. Finally, Ken also spoke of The Challenge of Ebooks project, looking at the potential that is there in three sections – Creation, Consumption and Curation. This can be seen in these infographics.

After a very tasty lunch the conference split into two – further education and higher education. Higher education started with Elizabeth McHugh, the Electronic Resources Manager for the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). She spoke of the purchasing challenges associated with ebooks, contrasting them to print book acquisitions. One key problem highlighted is the lack of a database of all available ebooks, Swetswise has the largest catalogue, however not all publishers participate. Access rights, metadata and business models are other barriers to consider.

Finally Phil Gee, BSc Psychology Programme Coordinator at the University of Plymouth, spoke of how he directly negotiated with publishers to get hold of ebooks on his reading lists. Phil highlighted the importance of all students having access to the course textbooks, to ensure that their financial situation was not a barrier. By implementing this project it has freed up some library shelves, as core texts are provided electronically.  He also spoke of the benefit of allowing note sharing, with lecturers being able to comment on sections in the texts. Gee explained that he wanted to promote this model of publishers selling to schools rather than the students, particularly as it much more reliable and less open to pirating. Discussions focused on whether this project would have worked if it had been trialled by the library rather than an academic, with many agreeing that on a larger scale it would be more of a challenge.


The psychology ebooks scheme at Plymouth University http://psychology.plymouth.ac.uk/en/courses/quality-teaching/free-textbooks/ (02/12/2013)

Overall it was a thoroughly interesting day, providing us with lots to think about!

Bring your lunch for another drop-in session!


Date: Wednesday 27th November

Time: 1pm – 2pm (pop in whenever you like)

Venue: LR5, Department of Engineering

Open to everyone – students and staff – no matter what your subject!

Got any questions about using ebooks? Come along and talk to the ebooks@cambridge team, who will be available in this informal session to answer any queries. We can show you how to find, access and download titles, and look into any problems you may be having.

Feel free to bring along your tablet, mobile, or e-reader – there will be Wi-fi available.

dawsonera downloading

Don’t worry if you can’t make it! You can always contact us at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk. Also, keep up to date with any news from the team by following us on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

For more information see this poster created by the Engineering library team.

Lunch time drop-in at the SPS Library

Date: Wednesday 13th November

Time: 1pm – 2pm (drop in whenever you like)

Venue: SPS Library on the New Museums Site

Open to everyone – student or staff – no matter what your subject!

ipad                SPS

The ebooks@cambridge team will be available in this informal session to answer your questions and help you get to grips with using ebooks. We can show you how to find, access and download titles, and look into any problems you may be having.

Feel free to bring along your tablet, mobile, or e-reader – there will be Wi-fi available.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it! We have another session planned towards the end of November in Engineering. Alternatively don’t forget you can always contact us at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

If you would like to advertise this session in your library feel free to use our poster.

braingender  reader  protestant ethic  furtheradventures

Palgrave Pivot’s First Anniversary

SORRY BUT THIS ANNIVERSARY OFFER HAS EXPIRED – please send any feedback on this platform to the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk

Palgrave Pivot, the mid-length digital-first research format from Palgrave Macmillan, is celebrating its first anniversary by making 110 titles free to download until 1pm this Friday (1st November).

These titles are midway between an ebook and a journal article, and cover a range of subjects across the humanities, social sciences and business… Why not click here now to have a browse?

9781137301666-Case.indd       9781137322791-Case.indd        9781137384829.indd

If you are on campus you will be automatically authenticated to access the material. All the titles can be read online, or downloaded as a PDF or in epub format for your mobile. Note that the ‘Enhanced Ebook’ view is not complete as we only have trial access.

For off campus access:

  1. Select ‘Institutional/Athens Login’ in the top right hand corner of the webpage
  2. Select your institution’s location – ‘United Kingdom’, followed by ‘University of Cambridge’
  3. Log in using your Raven details
  4. You will then be returned to the homepage where you will find this button on the right hand side in order to start browsing the 110 titles:Browse Palgrave Pivot