New Cambridge Companions published in 2017

New Cambridge Companions titles are regularly published on Cambridge Core. Records for 17 new titles have been added to iDiscover since last October; you can click on the title links or the covers below to access the full text. Titles due to be published over the summer are listed as ‘coming soon’.

Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics

The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon

The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Beats

The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot

The Cambridge Companion to Saul Bellow

The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature (2nd ed.)

The Cambridge Companion to Balzac

The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman

The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry

Coming soon: Erotic Literature

eliot    posthuman    graphic novel    poetry

Cambridge Companions to Music

The Cambridge Companion to Film Music

Coming soon: Musical (3rd ed.)

film

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture

The Cambridge Companion to Fichte

The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology

The Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil

The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law

Coming soon: Chomsky (2nd ed.); Ancient Ethics; Religion and Terrorism; German Idealism (2nd ed.).

evil     judaism     philosophical    fichte

The Top Ten most accessed Cambridge Companions ebooks consulted by University of Cambridge registered users in 2016 (in order of popularity) were;

Greek Tragedy
Chaucer
Monteverdi
Medieval Romance
Roman Law
Medieval English Literature 1100-1500
Summa Theologiae
Modernist Poetry
Tocqueville
Greek Lyric

roman     medieval     tocqueville     monteverdi

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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.

Popular ebrary ebook titles in 2015-16

The University Library buys many 1-user ebooks on the ebrary platform, their selection is based wholly on user demand. During the academic year 2015-16 1,121 ebooks were triggered for purchase in this way and most of them cater for users needs sufficiently with this 1 concurrent user model. But the ebooks@cambridge team receives regular (sometimes daily) turnaway notifications each time one of the ebrary ebooks denies access to a user or multiple users. These reports help us to discover which ebooks are in demand, and this allows the ebooks team to make sensible choices regarding ‘upgrading’ the popular titles so that they can be used by multiple concurrent users; this can also help relieve the pressure on printed copies. Last academic year this upgrading happened 31 times (thanks to ebooks@cambridge funds), and a list of these popular titles can be found below…

Thorley – Athenian democracy (2nd ed.)

Gillingham – Dictablanda : politics, work, and culture in Mexico, 1938-1968

dictablanda             perception              animal

Therborn – Killing fields of inequality

Bruce – Visual perception : physiology, psychology, & ecology (4th ed.)

Harley – Psychology of language : from data to theory (4th ed.)

Marx – Rethinking the western tradition : communist manifesto

Buss – Temperament : early developing personality traits

Pearce – Animal learning and cognition : an introduction (3rd ed.)

Keller – Identity, citizenship, and political conflict in Africa

Scrambler – Contemporary theorists for medical sociology

Feldman –  Law in politics, politics in law

Ryan – Picturing empire : photography and the visualization of the British Empire

John – Handbook of personality : theory and research (3rd ed.)

Lounsberry – Becoming Virginia Woolf : her early diaries and the diaries she read

Pickles – An introduction to the physiology of hearing

Abu-Lughod – Do Muslim women need saving?

Faucher-King – The New Labour experiment : change and reform under Blair and Brown

Hertog – Princes, brokers, and bureaucrats : oil and the state in Saudi Arabia

Noel – Reason of state, propoganda, and the Thirty Years’ War : an unknown translation by Thomas Hobbes

Nielsen – What I say : innovative poetry by Black writers in America

virginia                   hearing                   handbook

Ogden – Handbook of China’s governance and domestic politics

Siegert – Cultural techniques : grids, filters, doors, and other articulations of the real

Morten – Poor numbers : how we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it 

Mourlon-Druol – A Europe made of money : the emergence of the European Monetary System 

Rawls – Lectures on the history of political philosophy

Speaight – Architect’s legal handbook (9th ed.)

Cust – Conflict in early Stuart England : studies in religion and politics, 1603 – 1642

Shattuck – Episcopalians and race : civil war to civil rights

Young – Alien nation : Chinese migration in the Americas from the coolie era through World War II 

Fahmy – Ordinary Egyptians : creating the modern nation through popular culture

Simonton – A history of European women’s work : 1700 to the present 

money                 alien                  conflict

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

From this term onwards the ebooks team will post a regular termly blog post highlighting recently ‘upgraded’ popular ebrary titles; we hope that this information proves useful to College, Faculty and Departmental librarians.

Popular ebooks of 2014

The ebooks team have been studying your use of our owned ebook collections during 2014 and can announce that with over 2.5 million hits, usage across the collections is up by over 81.5% since 2013.

The graph below shows how ebook use peaks and troughs throughout each calendar year since 2012. The vertical axis shows the number of “hits” received.

annual usage graph

The 10 most popular titles with University of Cambridge registered users, starting with number 1 at the top, are shown below. A wide range of subjects are represented; Biology,
Business, Classics, Economics, Education, Medicine, Music, and Psychology.

Classroom based research

industrial relationseconomics of money

 

 

 

 

Robbins.inddresearch methods in educationart of love

 

 

 

 

 

animal cell culturebrain genderrobbins & cotranbachs well tempered

 

 

 

 

A large proportion of University of Cambridge academic ebook collections are searchable in LibrarySearch, and they are available for you to access both on and off campus (with a valid Raven login).

New ebooks are being added to the collections very regularly, and a selection of these are highlighted and accessible on our Pinterest boards.

For more information on the academic ebooks available to help your studies  please see the ebooks@cambridge webpage. You can also contact the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions, or your Faculty/Departmental librarians if you want to recommend an ebook title.