What’s new in ebooks: a platform roundup

It’s been a busy few months in terms of ebook platform refurbishments, so we thought it was time to pause and review some of the changes (and hopefully improvements) that have been implemented by providers.

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ACLS launches new, improved platform

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a US-based digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. Books in the HEB collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies.

ACLS Humanities E-Book collection has been available to Cambridge users on a somewhat clunky, old-fashioned platform for some time, but is now accessible on a brand-new platform powered by Fulcrum, offering the following new features:

  • A more visually compelling and modern site, with a browsable catalogue that is easy to navigate.
  • ‘Read online’ format for all titles in a new e-reader that includes features like pageturner and scroll views, an always-present table of contents, and citation and search widgets. The reader also aims to meet WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards.
  • An enhanced e-book home page that provides quick access to the table of contents, reviews, metadata, and statistics, as well as easy access to the e-reader and chapter downloads. (Note that due to the large file size of chapter pdfs, we have found that chapter pdfs can be slower to download than on other ebook or ejournal platforms, and therefore ‘Read Online’ is recommended for rapid browsing or skimming the text).

Links for ACLS titles in iDiscover now redirect to the new platform, as does the platform link on our ebooks LibGuide.

ACLC Humanities is updated annually. Here is a list of the 259 new titles added in August: ACLC-new_titles_Aug_2018

Brill Online Books and Journals to move to Brill.com on November 30th

BrillcomBrill has been beavering away on Brill.com, a new platform to replace the existing Brill Online Books and Journals. All of our purchased content is being moved to the new site ready for November 30th, when the legacy site will be taken down, but the vast majority of our content is already there, so you can take a peek before November 30th if you wish.

According to Brill, the benefits of the move include:

  • The new platform consolidates information about print and online publications on one single page, rather than on separate sites, as before.
  • A fresh, crisp, uncluttered design.
  • The site works well on all types of devices.
  • DOI links will be available at the chapter level as well as the book title level.
  • Easier ebook ordering for site administrators.

We are assured that our ebook links in iDiscover will point to the new site from December, but please contact ebooks@cambridge or the UL’s English Collections team if you see anything that doesn’t work.

Manchester Medieval Sources Online now on Manchester Hive

MMSOThe 36 titles within the ‘Manchester Medieval Sources Online‘ collection from Manchester University Press are now available on Manchester Hive, MUP’s new online platform. The platform offers:

  • Easy browsing of available titles with abstracts.
  • Clear and intuitive design.
  • DRM-free PDF downloads for each chapter or section as well as full book downloads in either HTML or PDF.
  • Full book downloads include hyperlinks, making navigation through the text easier (from TOC to content and from content to footnotes).
  • Handy citation and sharing tools.

MARC records for all 36 titles within the collection are in iDiscover and now point to the new platform.

VLeBooks: new platform, more publishers, better accessibility

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Not a platform redesign, but a brand new aggregator platform for us, VLeBooks offers a broader range of publishers (including trade publishers) and improved accessibility for print-disabled users. For more information, see our recent blogpost.

All of these platforms are available on and off-campus to members of the University via our ebooks LibGuide or via links to individual books in iDiscover. Off-campus access is via Raven (VLeBooks requires a Raven login on and off campus).

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about these platforms or any other aspect of ebook provision at the University.

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015

 

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ebooks@cambridge and the Law Library are pleased to announce that the ebook version of the fifth edition of Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015 is now available via BrillOnline Reference Works.

The popularity of his monumental and definitive works established Shabtai Rosenne as the undisputed expert on the International Court of Justice’s law and practice of his time. Irrefutably the leading work on the court, previous editions of Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court have influenced generations of legal scholars, practitioners, judges, and students alike.

The Fifth Edition, edited by Malcolm Shaw QC who is Senior Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law,  brings this monumental resource up-to-date and is described by Brill as ‘an essential component of all international law libraries and an indispensable work for those practicing in the field, who will all appreciate access to the most recent work on the Court‘.

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court is available on and off-campus via this authenticated link. A catalogue record will be added to iDiscover shortly.

This acquisition has been funded by the Law Library. For help or queries related to this or other ebooks, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Brill Humanities, Social Sciences 2017, & International Law monographs 2014-2017

The University Library is pleased to announce that access has been purchased in perpetuity to the following 2017 HSS subject collections…

asian-studies          biblical         classics         european-1

european-2       literature        religion           sociology

                                    language         muslim

Asian Studies

Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity

Classical Studies

European History and Culture I

European History and Culture II

Language and Linguistics

Literature and Cultural Studies

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy

Social Sciences

The 2017 collections complement Brill’s HSS 2014, 2015, and 2016 collections, already available to our users on Brill Online and searchable in iDiscover.

The Squire Law Library is also pleased to announce that access has been purchased in perpetuity to the International Law ebook collections, 2014-2017 inclusive.These titles can be also found in iDiscover and currently number 202.

int-law-2017         law-2015        law-2016          law-2017

Brill ebooks are available with unlimited concurrency and can be accessed both on and off campus (with a Raven login). You can download  or print chapters from the ebooks in PDF format, or read them online. As new 2017 titles are published, they will be added to the Brill ebooks platform and loaded into iDiscover on a monthly basis.

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any feedback on Brill ebooks, or if you want to recommend any unowned titles for purchase.

Brill Humanities & Social Sciences monographs 2015

Brill banner ebooksThe University Library is pleased to announce that University of Cambridge users can now access Brill Online’s 2015 published ebook titles across the following 9 Humanities & Social Sciences subjects. The number of ebooks in these collections will increase as new titles are published throughout the year.

Asian Studies

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Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East & Early Christianity

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Classical Studies

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European History & Culture

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Language and Linguistics

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Literature & Culture

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Middle East & Islamic Studies

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Religious Studies, Theology & Philosophy

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Social Sciences

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These titles are available with unlimited concurrency and can be accessed both on campus and if you are away from Cambridge (with a Raven login). Catalogue records will be loaded into LibrarySearch in early February and there will be regular monthly updates.

The 2015 collections complement Brill’s HSS 2014 collections and Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies (1) already available to our users on Brill Online.

You can also access the Brill Online platform from the ebooks@cambridge collections web page, along with hints and tips.

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any feedback or questions.

Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies

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The ebooks team are pleased to announce that access to Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies Online (1) is now available for Cambridge University staff and students.

This collection comprises 25 titles ranging from Homer to Ovid and from Fourth Century BC Aegean Greece to Flavian Rome; helpful as starting points for teaching as well as research. You can access the collection from here.

The ebooks are hosted on the Brill Online platform, and offer unlimited concurrent access and no DRM. These titles will be searchable in LibrarySearch from early January 2015. They can be accessed both on and off campus (with a Raven login).

Thank you to the Classical Faculty Library for funding this collection.

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Chill with the Brill… 2014 Humanities & Social Sciences ebooks now available

Brill bannerThe University Library is pleased to announce that University of Cambridge users can now access Brill Online’s 2014 published ebook titles across the following 8 Humanities & Social Sciences subjects. This collection will increase as new titles are published throughout the year.

Asian Studies

Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East & Early Christianity

Classical Studies

European History & Culture

Language & Linguistics

Middle East & Islamic Studies

Religious Studies, Theology & Philosophy

Social Sciences

These titles are available with unlimited concurrency and can be accessed both on campus and if you are away from Cambridge (with a Raven login). MARC records will be loaded into LibrarySearch as soon as possible and there will be monthly updates.

If you click on the ebooks tab tab you can sort Brill’s ebooks by Title A-Z or Newest Titles First, and filter them by subject. Owned content is marked with a owned icon icon and open access content with a oa icon icon.

read onlineYou can open whole books or chapters which display as pop ups in your browser, and by right-clicking you can search in these or print. By clicking on Open in New Window at the top of the pop-up, the document will open as a PDF file which you can print, save or convert to a different format. You can download these PDFs to e-readers, including Kindles.

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You can also access the Brill Online platform from the ebooks@cambirdge collections web page, along with hints and tips.

If you have any questions or comments about Brill ebooks please contact the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk