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.

 

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ebrary content has moved to Ebook Central

 

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As of January 12th 2017, all ebook content previously hosted on ebrary has moved to Ebook Central. This includes ebooks purchased by ebooks@cambridge and faculty/departmental libraries and ebooks made available through the ebrary DDA scheme funded by the UL.

What will happen to links to ebrary?

Existing links to individual ebooks on ebrary and to the platform itself now redirect seamlessly to Ebook Central. So links within iDiscover, Moodle or other platforms will take you to Ebook Central. We have tested a number of links to confirm this, but please let us know if you find any that are not redirecting correctly.

What if I have saved content within ebrary?

If you had saved anything to your ebrary bookmarks prior to the switch (including favourite ebooks or annotations), you will need to log in to Ebook Central and follow a few simple steps to transfer your bookmarks:

  • Access Ebook Central and click ‘Sign in’.
  • Log in using Raven.
  • Click on ‘Bookshelf’ and you will see the option to ‘Move your ebrary bookshelf’.
  • Follow the instructions.

Please let us know if you have any problems transferring bookmarks.

Tell me more about Ebook Central

Ebook Central can be accessed via the ebooks collections page or directly here. Records for individual Ebook Central titles with links are available in iDiscover.

Help is available on Ebook Central via the ? icon on the toolbar, and an extensive Ebook Central LibGuide (produced by Proquest) covers searching, viewing and using ebooks. It also provides training videos and webinars for those who wish to explore further.

Contact us

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any queries about the transition from ebrary, the Ebook Central platform or any aspect of ebooks. In particular, if you notice anything that is not working correctly following the transition please let us know.

Science, Technology and Medical ebooks now on De Gruyter Online

The Betty and Gordon Moore Library is pleased to announce, that in addition to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences titles already available to Cambridge users on De Gruyter Online, we now have access to ebooks in the following branches of the Sciences:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics

De Gruyter Online science collections also includes titles published by its partner presses, such as Harvard University Press, Birkhäuser, Böhlau, and Transcript Verlag.

Here is a very small selection of STM titles:

  Nanodispersions  Malignant Lymphomas  Atmospheric Acoustics Climate change  Hydrochemistry  Offshore sea life  Tensors

Records are available in LibrarySearch and you can search for and access all De Gruyter Online titles via the De Gruyter Online platform (requires a Raven login off-campus). All of these titles are DRM free and allow unlimited concurrent access. You can download, print or save chapter PDFs and in some cases download the whole title in ePub.

If you have any queries or comments about De Gruyter ebooks please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

EBSCO ebook downloading

EBSCO have introduced a new download feature to the University of Cambridge’s owned titles on EBSCOhost.

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Now, when you visit the EBSCOhost website from the ebook collection tab on the ebooks@cambridge webpages or click on a link to an EBSCO title listed in LibrarySearch, you will see an icon on the left hand side of the screen that offers a full text download of our ebooks.

EBSCO downloadThe ebooks can be downloaded for a period of 3 to 7 days. You will be able to choose to download the ebook for fewer days than the total allowed – which will free it them up faster for other people on your course.

One copy of each book will always be available to view online only. The online only copies will be available to view by one person at a time and will not display the download icon.

Do you want to try downloading an EBSCO ebook? Maybe one of these titles will interest you, they were the most used EBSCO ebooks of 2014:

Companion Encyclopedia of AnthropologyProtestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismPsychology of Language

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