Duke University Press: 2020 collection

I’m pleased to be able to announce that the UL has purchased Duke University Press’s 2020 ebooks collection. This means that, as well as acquiring perpetual access to the ebooks within the collection (there will be around 130 in total, once they have all been published), Cambridge users will continue to have access to Duke’s extensive backlist for the duration of the agreement. Duke are renowned for their cutting-edge scholarship, and the UL has now acquired their ebook collections every year since 2016; you can read more about Duke ebooks in this blogpost. As with other content that we acquire directly from publishers, the ebooks are DRM-free, i.e. without restrictions on downloading or the number of concurrent users.

Records for the ebooks will be added to iDiscover on a monthly basis, as they are released. You can see a selection of the 2020 titles which are already available below.

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison)

Celebrate LGBT+ History Month with ebooks

Image of books on shelf with rainbow-coloured spines

In celebration of LGBT+ History Month, the ebooks@cambridge and UL English Collections teams shine a light on a selection of LGBT+ titles that are available within our collections. All titles, purchased either by the UL or ebooks@cambridge/faculty or departmental libraries, are listed in iDiscover and are available on and off-campus to members of the University. There are also direct links to the featured titles below the cover images.

Duke University Press

Here is a selection of 2019 titles available from Duke University Press, a publisher known for field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies and transgender studies (see this recent post for more about Duke and our access). The University Library has purchased permanent ebook access to all 2016 – 2019 titles on Duke University Press’s platform, and currently has access to all backlist titles too.

Demand-driven purchases on Ebook Central

This recent post describes how demand-driven purchasing works. It’s a fantastic way of opening up access to a wide range of research content while ensuring that funds are focused on acquiring titles that are truly of interest to our users. The following LGBT+ titles have all been triggered for purchase recently (again, click on the titles below the cover images for on and off-campus access):

Reading lists and reader requests

Finally, below are some of the LGBT+ titles we have recently purchased, either because they feature on reading lists or were requested by students or researchers:

As usual, please contact the ebooks team if you have any questions about these or other ebook resources.

The UL and ebooks: focus on … Duke University Press

Since 2016, the UL (initially with assistance from ebooks@cambridge) has purchased Duke University Press’s annual ebook collections. Based in North Carolina, Duke publishes around 130 books per year in a wide range of subjects across the arts and humanities. Its offering is highly interdisciplinary, with particular strengths in areas such as anthropology, cultural studies, film and television studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

Buying the annual ebook collections has notable advantages over buying the ebooks on a title-by-title basis from aggregators. As with Brill, whose subject collections I wrote about last month, ebooks on the Duke platform come without any digital rights management (i.e. no restrictions on downloading or concurrent users). Additionally, as well as acquiring the ebooks included in the annual collection in perpetuity, we gain (DRM-free) electronic access to Duke’s backlist of 2,700 titles for the duration of each annual agreement. This is a huge bonus, as some of these older titles are on reading lists, and they get a lot of hits. In 2018, the most recent year for which we currently have usage statistics, Duke had 24,410 accesses in total; the most-viewed book was Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life, published in 2017, but second on the list (with 279 hits) was a 2007 title, Beyond Exoticism: Western Music and the World, and the third, Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty, dates from 2006. In all, 1338 different titles were accessed on the Duke platform in 2018, of which 40 were accessed at least 100 times each.

Records for these ebooks are added to iDiscover every few weeks. A selection of some of the most recent titles can be seen below.

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison, University Library)

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2018

Raymond Knapp traces the musical legacy of German Idealism as it led to the declining prestige of composers such as Haydn while influencing the development of American popular music in the nineteenth century, in Making Light: Haydn, Musical Camp, and the Long Shadow of German Idealism, published recently by Duke University Press.        making light

Knapp identifies in Haydn and in early popular American musical cultures such as minstrelsy and operetta a strain of high camp—a mode of engagement that relishes both the superficial and serious aspects of an aesthetic experience—that runs antithetical to German Idealism’s musical paradigms. Making Light is just one of 35 new titles published so far in 2018, now available on the Duke University Press Books platform for University of Cambridge registered users, thanks to continued funding by the University Library. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Film & Television Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies/Queer Theory, Gender Studies/Feminist Theory, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Science Studies.

M archive    Fractivism    Ezili    garbage

archiveology    Tropical riffs    Bodyminds    Primer for teaching African Studies

A further 95 titles will be published online during 2018 and alongside these, members of the University have access to the owned 2017 and 2016 collections and over 2,200 back list titles published between 1964 and 2015. Full-text availability is indicated at the title and chapter level by the following symbol Available.

All available titles are listed on iDiscover and access is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the iDiscover records. If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password. Alternatively, you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the Duke University Press Books platform.

If you have any comments or questions about this collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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Duke University Press launches new platform for ebooks and ejournals

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Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually and over 50 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections. A not-for-profit scholarly publisher, the Press is best known for publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

Thanks to the UL’s English Collections fund, Cambridge University members have electronic access to a growing collection of new book titles from Duke, as well as 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the archive collection in the following subjects: AMES, Anthropology, Education, English, History, Music, South Asian Studies and SPS.

On November 20th, Duke University Press launched a new online platform hosted by Silverchair Information Systems. The platform can be accessed on and off campus via the following link: http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=https://read.dukeupress.edu.

Features of the new platform include:

  • Intuitive and ‘clean’ design
  • Simultaneous searching of ebook and ejournal content
  • Useful search limits, including limit by format, date range and availability
  • Filter search results to easily find images
  • Browse book chapters by subject
  • DRM-free downloading of all purchased content to pdf
  • The site is natively mobile, adapting to devices of any size

Records for Duke University Press ebooks are in iDiscover and links are now redirecting seamlessly to the new platform.

As usual, if you have any questions about this platform, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2017

Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travellers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade, in Afro-Atlantic Flight published this month by Duke University Press. flightAfro-Atlantic Flight is just one of 23 ebooks published so far in 2017 that are available on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform to members of the University of Cambridge, thanks to continued funding by the University Library. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender Studies/Feminist Theory.

 

illegible will  media theory  woman  facing planetary  feminist life  beyond settler  ebergy pharmocracy

In addition to a growing collection of new titles, members of the University have access to 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the archive collection.

All available titles are listed on iDiscover and access is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the iDiscover records. If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password. Alternatively, you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform.

If you have any comments or questions about this collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team by emailing ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2016

Laziness, cynicism and digressiveness promote academic creativity, or so argues Nick Salvato in his new book Obstruction, published last month by Duke University Press.

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Obstruction is just one of 25 ebooks published in 2016 that are available on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform to members of the University of Cambridge. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including Asian Studies, Feminist Theory, Anthropology and Literary Studies:

 

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In addition to a growing collection of new titles, members of the University have access to 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the archive collection.

All available titles are listed on LibrarySearch and access is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the LibrarySearch records. If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password. Alternatively, you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform.

If you have any comments or questions about this collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team by emailing ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Duke University Press ebook collection

All Duke University Press ebooks in the humanities and social sciences are now available to members of the University of Cambridge from the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform. Initially this access is thanks to a free trial which runs until the 31st of March 2016, but it is expected that the University Library and ebooks@cambridge will purchase access for at least another 12 months after this date.

Read 200 ebooksRecords for individual titles appear in LibrarySearch and you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform.

Access to this ebook collection is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the LibrarySearch records.If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password.

There are currently 2,150 titles available titles, this number will grow as more books are published and added to the site on a monthly basis. New front-list publications are added as they are published, and the available archive collection contains 1,250 titles published between 1964 – 2007.

These ebooks are DRM-free, you can print or read online, or download PDFs by chapter, and they are available for unlimited concurrent users.

Some recently published titles are highlighted below; click on the book covers to access the full text.

sensing sound                   how would you

emergent religious affects     reel world     islam

 

If you have any comments or questions about this new collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team by emailing ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.