ACLS Humanities Ebook now offering PDF chapter downloads

The ACLS Humanities Ebook platform is now offering DRM-free PDF chapter downloads for its page image titles (that’s those titles – the majority – that display the icon-book icon). This is a significant platform enhancement, greatly simplifying use of the content.

How does it work?

From the TOC page, click on a chapter heading to get into the title. Once in the e-book, you will see three buttons in the top left corner of the e-reader. Click on the button labeled “Chapter PDF”:

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and then the “Download this chapter as PDF” link:

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Depending on your browser settings, the PDF will either open in a new browser tab or download directly to a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. If the PDF opens in your browser and you wish to open it in a reader, hover your cursor over the centre-bottom of the screen and click the download button that appears:

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Tell me more about the ACLS Humanities Ebook platform

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online collection of around 5,000 books of high quality in the humanities. These titles are offered by the American Council of Learned Societies in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library. The goals of this collaboration are to assist scholars in the electronic publication of high-quality works in the humanities, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new media, and to help assure the continued viability of scholarship in today’s changing publishing environment. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book platform is available on and off-campus to members of the University. The platform does not currently work with EZProxy, so off-campus users will need to click on the ‘Login for Full access’ buttons that display on book title pages, select University of Cambridge as your institution, then enter your Raven username and password.

Please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about this platform.

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Cambridge Core – highlights from ebooks@cambridge

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Three weeks since the launch of Cambridge Core, and with the start of term fast approaching, it seems to be a good moment to share some of the key ebook features (and perhaps the odd quirk) of the new platform. Think of it as a crash course in Core.

(By the way, for more about the ejournals side of Core, see this recent blog post from ejournals@cambridge).

Coverage

Cambridge Core has replaced six separate CUP academic websites – Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) and all partner press ebook content currently hosted on University Publishing Online (UPO) – with one single platform. It is now possible to search all of the publications from these websites and collections at once. Most notably, users can now search for journal and ebook content from CUP at the same time.

Accessing Cambridge Core

Cambridge Core can be accessed in the usual ways: via the ebooks Collections page, via individual item records in iDiscover (links to the old CBO, CHO, CCO, SSO and UPO websites will redirect seamlessly), or from here.

Access is available to members of the University on campus and off campus via Raven.

Browsing ebooks

Browsing ebooks has been made very simple. If you wish to explore what is available in Music (for example), choose Browse Subjects > Music.

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The screen is then split into Explore journals, Explore books, New titles and Music book series:

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Searching for ebooks

Searching is intuitive. The autocomplete feature on the search box suggests possible book title matches as you type, which is extremely useful if you are trying to find a specific ebook:

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There is no advanced search, but there are plenty of refine options once you have run a search. Content type (= book) is the most obvious one for ebook searches, but you can also filter by series, collection and date:

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To search within a book, display the book or one of its chapters or sections and you will see a ‘Search in this book’ box:

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Your search will be performed across the whole book and not just the chapter or section being displayed.

Interpreting results

If your search is fairly broad, your results are likely to include journal articles as well as book chapters and whole books. You can see at a glance what type of resource each result comes from thanks to the purple descriptor (‘article’, ‘chapter’ or ‘book’). With chapters and articles, you can also clearly see which book or journal the result comes from:

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You can also see straight away whether Cambridge University has access to an item via the green Access descriptor (this descriptor is for info only – it isn’t clickable):

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Many results have an expandable ‘View extract/abstract/description’ option which will help you decide whether the item is of interest:

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Working with books and chapters

It is very easy to read and download ebooks on Cambridge Core. From a results list or table of contents, you can either click through directly to a pdf:

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or select single or multiple items to view online, download to pdf or send to Kindle, Dropbox or Google Drive:

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Note that if you choose to download or view multiple items (e.g. several chapters from an ebook), these will open/save as separate documents; they won’t merge into a single document.

In addition to downloading content, you can export citations in numerous formats (including Harvard) to RefME, Mendeley, EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, BibTeX or Word

Personal accounts on Cambridge Core

In order to save selected items or searches to bookmarks you will need a personal account. This can easily be set up the first time you add a bookmark.

If you previously had a personal account on Cambridge Books Online or Cambridge Journals Online, you will need to reset your password for Core. Follow the link to reset your password after clicking Login.

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Quirks

Here’s something to be aware of when accessing ebooks that are divided into parts (e.g. Part I, Part II etc.) as well as chapters, such as this one:

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If you tick the box next to a part title (e.g. Part 1 – Law Beyond the State(s) in the above example) and view or download it, or download the part pdf directly, you will get a  more or less blank document and NOT all of the chapter content within the part. To avoid this, check or download the individual chapters that you require.

Final words

As term gets under way and usage increases on Cambridge Core, we will no doubt discover new features to report on, so watch this space. If you or your users experience any problems (or you’d like to share a useful trick), please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk and we will happily investigate further.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New ebook category in LibrarySearch

Not all ebooks in LibrarySearch can be accessed from off-campus as a new category of ebooks has now been added to the catalogue – non-print legal deposit books.

ebooks in LSA message has been added to LibrarySearch records for non-print legal deposit books to explain that these titles are only available on designated PCs in the University Library and the Affiliated Libraries.

If you open the record there will be a link marked ‘View item’ after the description ‘Online’. This will not link through to full text unless you are using one of the designated PCs within the UL or Affiliated Libraries.

A list of Affiliated Libraries can be found on the Libraries Directory, here.

 

Any ebook record without the ‘Condition of use’ note will continue to allow members of the University of Cambridge with a valid Raven account access to full text content from off campus. You can check if your Raven login will allow you access to eresources here.

Oxford Handbooks Online

The ebooks@cambridge team would like to announce that members of the University of Cambridge now have access to the complete collection of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) in the following subject areas:

OHOOur existing collection of titles from OHO has been increased thanks to funding from the University Library.

The Oxford Handbooks series brings together the world’s leading scholars to write articles that survey the current state of scholarship in their field. The articles review the key issues, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research.

Monthly updates introduce articles in advance of print publication and beyond the book, online-only content ensures the most current, authoritative coverage anywhere.

An Editor in Chief and Editorial Board of leading scholars in each subject area have additionally been appointed to guide editorial development and ensure that scholarship meets the highest standards for academic quality. This team of leading scholars will commission online-only peer reviewed articles expanding research in cutting edge topics and ensuring comprehensive coverage of fast-moving disciplines.

Please click on the book covers below to access some of OHO’s most recently added content.

Chinese Linguistics  German Philosophy   OperaGlobal Warming

Some articles are made available before the publication of the Handbooks. The full text of the following articles are available:

Britain, Gaul, and Germany: Cultural Interactions by Tom Moore from the forthcoming title The Oxford handbook of Roman Britain.

Researching Music Therapy in Medical Settings by Cynthia M Colwell from the forthcoming title The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy.

Sacramental and Liturgical Theology, 1900-2000 by Kimberley Hope Belcher from the forthcoming title The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology.

Oxford University Press offer an instructional video on how to use OHO.

Please use this link to explore the content on the Oxford Handbooks online platform: http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/

New look platform for Elsevier eLibrary

The Elsevier eLibrary hosts 12 popular titles for the school of Clinical Medicine.

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The eLibrary site has been redesigned for easier navigation and functionality across a range of devices. On entering the site you will see your Bookshelf displaying all 12 titles that are available to members of the University of Cambridge (the 15 books that are currently listed include old and new editions of Davidson’s principles and practice of medicine, Macleod’s clinical examination and Robbins & Cotran pathologic basis of disease).

When you read one of the e-textbooks online you will have the option thighlighter elsevierprinter elseviero  print using the printer icon on the right hand side of the screen. On the left hand side of the screen the highlighter icon (‘Text selection’ function) allows you to highlight text on screen (that can be saved to your account if you have one set up) or to copy and paste text.

These e-textbooks are downloadable by clicking ‘Read Offline’ next to each title, you will need to manually download iPublishCentral Reader for PC/Desktop.ipub

When you have downloaded iPublishCentral Reader, or if you already have it installed, you can just click on the green download arrow to add one of the e-textbooks to your bookshelf.

The downloads will be available to you for 7 days.

Elsevier e-textbooks can be accessed and read on PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. On iPads both Safari and Chrome web browsers seem to display the titles well.

For further details please see this leaflet published by Elsevier.

 

 

New platform for ebrary ebooks

Searching ebrary has remained the same, but the way in which ebooks are viewed has had a facelift.

From the homepage, you can search or browse by topic. Only titles we own are displayed.

Once you have selected the title you would like to read you will be shown how many pages are available to copy and download. The number of pages will differ per book.

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When viewing a title in the browser you can highlight and annotate text. That title will then appear when you click on the ‘Bookshelf’ tab, with a list of all the notes you have added. You can sort these titles into folders which can then be exported to EndNote, Citavi or RefWorks. You will need to be logged into Raven to use this functionality.

To download pages as a PDF to keep you will need to click on the image of a printer on the bar above the page view text, this will print your pages to PDF.

You can also download a complete title for 7 or 14 days (depending on the book) using Adobe Digital Editions. In order to download this software click on ‘Download’, you will then be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions before being able to download the book. Then, next time you click download when in a title it will automatically open using this software. A limited number of titles do not allow downloading in this way.

You can return a downloaded title early in Adobe Digital Editions by right clicking on the book cover. This means a copy is now available for someone else to use.

ebrary functionality If you are visually impaired, ebrary titles can be used with a screen reader. Please contact ebooks@cambridge on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk for help with this.

Searching for ebooks

New to the world of ebooks@cambridge? Here’s a guide to help you start searching.

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Do you need a book for your research right now, but you are not in Cambridge or can’t get to your library? Why not search the ebooks collection at the University of Cambridge and see if you can get hold of an electronic copy to read wherever you are?

It is best to use the search options below as the links we provide in the ebook records are designed to identify you as part of the University of Cambridge.

If you go directly to a publisher’s website or perform an internet search, you may find that you cannot access material for which we have subscriptions, as the website needs the authentication information from the URLs we provide.

There are two ways of searching for ebooks, and they are:

  • LibrarySearch covers all print and electronic holdings of the libraries of the University of Cambridge.
  • ebooks collections list on the ebooks@cambridge webpages.

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LibrarySearch allows you to search the print and electronic collections of all the libraries within the University of Cambridge.

You can refine your search to show ebooks only by clicking on the ebooks icon shown above the search results, or choosing the EBook option under the format heading from the list to the right of the results.

Once you have opened the catalogue record for the book you need you have a choice of two links to use to see full text. The first link is just under the title where it says ‘Online:’, and the second is at the bottom of the record under the heading ‘This is available online at the following:’. The text for the link will vary according to the platform where the ebook is stored. Text will include, but is not limited to:

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The ebook collections  list allows you to browse ebook platforms via authenticated links. You will be prompted to enter your Raven details after clicking on the link and you will be able to search the platform for content available to members of the University.

ebooks collectionsEach entry in the ebook collections list has a brief description of the subjects covered by titles on the platform.

Help wanted

 

For further information on accessing ebooks please see our webpage: Access instructions for ebooks collections

If you would like to contact us directly then please email us at:

ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk

 

 

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