Statistically speaking, how popular were our ebooks in 2017?

The ebooks@cambridge team have collated the ebook collection usage statistics for the calendar year 2017. Last year over 56,000 academic ebook titles were consulted across nearly 60 platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the whole dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but a brief summary of the findings is also presented in this post.

4,035,929 hits were recorded on ebooks…

Lets have a look at how these hits were distributed:

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Ebook usage spiked in 2017, there was over a 22% rise on 2016 figures, after a couple of years of levelling out. The graph below illustrates the growth in our ebook collection usage since 2012, during this 6 year period there has been a rise of over 284%:

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October was once again the standout month where our ebooks were working the hardest (over 617,000 hits), followed closely by November. September was the sleepiest month for our ebook collections but they still attracted over 138,000 hits:

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Platform highs

Our most popular ebook platforms are well used generally because there are large numbers of ebook titles hosted on them (including titles which appear on sometimes multiple reading lists), covering a wide range of subjects.

The 5 ebook platforms with the highest usage were:

  • MyiLibrary* (896,162)
  • Dawsonera (662,853)
  • Cambridge Core** (626,680)
  • Ebook Central (469,381)
  • SpringerLink (347,544)

*MyiLibrary is now no more, as of April 2018 all owned titles migrated to Ebook Central.
**These figures exclude Cambridge Companions, Histories, and Shakespeare Survey titles.

Some of the ebooks platforms which have seen the highest increase in usage don’t necessarily host large numbers of ebook titles or receive many thousands of hits; for example Manchester Medieval Sources Online (MMSO) is included but only offers a very small focused collection of well respected titles. The number of hits on MMSO in 2017 was 549, so relatively few, but this was a very substantial increase in hits from the 2016 usage figures, hence MMSO’s inclusion in the list below.

The 5 ebook platforms/collections with the highest rises in usage were:

  • Ebook Central (+3319%)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources Online (+2514%)
  • JSTOR (+1941%)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (+485%)
  • Cambridge Companions (+391%)

Platform lows

Some of our ebook platforms host only one or two titles, or the ebooks are of very niche interest, for example the Italian-language platform Torrossa, Kotobarabia which hosts Arabic content, or Nomos where only one title has so far been purchased. Just because these ebook platforms receive fewer hits does not mean that the titles hosted on them are less valuable; bearing this in mind the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Nomos (7)
  • Kotobarabia (27)
  • IEEE (73)
  • Brepols (100)
  • Torrossa (114)

There are a wide variety of reasons for falls in usage, course and reading list changes, maybe a previously well used title is replaced by another, and sometimes publishers change how they count usage statistics. Here are the five platforms which saw the greatest usage declines:

  • Ovid (-74%)
  • English Historical Documents (-59%)
  • IOP Science (-38%)
  • Oxford Textbook of Medicine (-30%)
  • Wiley Online (-23%)

 

And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2017 embrace a wide range of subjects…

Click on the links for authenticated access, on and off-campus:

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (17,877 hits)
  2. The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets (17,183 hits)
  3. Brain Gender (15,901 hits)
  4. Chicago Manual of Style (14,561 hits)
  5. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion (14,469 hits)
  6. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues (12,129 hits)
  7. Organizational Behavior Global Edition (12,125 hits)
  8. Research Methods in Education (10,435 hits)
  9. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 (10,212 hits)
  10. Glaciers and Glaciation, 2nd edition (9,002 hits)
  11. Ponto de Encontro: Pearson New International Edition (8,824 hits)
  12. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (8,812 hits)
  13. Kicking Away the Ladder (8,441 hits)
  14. Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice : A Guide for Teachers (8,262 hits)
  15. Operations Management (8,150 hits)
  16. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (7,578 hits)
  17. Saul Kripke (7,176 hits)
  18. The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects (7,082 hits)
  19. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (7,060 hits)
  20. The Psychology of Language : From Data to Theory (6,821 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 2017 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

 

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Access to Biomedical and Life Sciences ebooks on SpringerLink continues

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The Moore Library is pleased to announce the continued access to the popular Springer Biomedical and Life Sciences ebook collections on the SpringerLink platform. As of the 1st March, titles published so far in 2018 have been opened up for University of Cambridge users; this means that access is now available to all titles published from 2015 – 2018 inclusive.

There are currently 1,898 available titles and further titles will be added as they are published during 2018. Monograhs, contributed volumes, handbooks and selected encyclopaedias in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Animal Models, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Plant Sciences are includes in these collections.

The full text of these titles can be found and accessed from iDiscover, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.

These collections will be available in full until the end of February 2019, at which point the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.

A selection of recently published titles are listed below:

Brooks -Veterinary Forensic Pathology, Volume 2

Choi – Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules (2nd ed.)

Ehara – Sago Palm

Jacobson – Neuroanatomy for the Neuroscientist

Pokorski – Current Concepts in Medical Research and Practice

If you have any feedback or comments on these ebooks, please email the Moore Library Librarian, Yvonne Nobis, at yn235@cam.ac.uk or the ebooks@cambridge team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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Explore our medical ebooks

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Are you a busy medical student studying at the University of Cambridge?

Did you know about the ebooks the library has been buying for you? Many of them are the latest editions of key titles. Check out a selection below. These and hundreds more medical titles are searchable in iDiscover.

Really new additions to our ebooks collection

roitts          clinical dermatology

pediatric         drug

Pretty new ebook titles in our collection

berne                obstetrics

global health          abc

Older but still crucial…

Principles neural        Untitled-1

larsen's         palliative

If you would like to recommend medical titles for ebook purchasing please email the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk or contact staff in the Medical Library.

Ebooks & ejournals who lunch

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If you want to find out more about using ebooks, ejournals and databases in an informal setting, then why not pop in to one of our lunchtime drop-in sessions? Expert library staff will be on hand to answer your questions on finding, accessing and downloading the ebooks, ejournals and databases provided for you by your libraries. Please do bring your phones, laptops, and tablets  if you have queries about downloading articles or ebooks.

There will be an entirely optional short e-resource-related quiz, if you complete it you can win a small prize. There will also be some supplier freebies such as bags and pens available for all, and maybe even some edible goodies.

Venue: Alison Richards atrium (ground floor)

Days: Tuesday 17th October & Monday 6th November

Time: 12.45 – 2pm (drop in anytime during your lunch break)

We will be there on the sofa area outside the cafe, please come and say hello!

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Biomedical and Life Sciences ebooks on SpringerLink

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The Moore Library is pleased to announce that access is now available to Springer Biomedical and Life Sciences 2015- 2017 ebook collections on the SpringerLink platform.

There are currently 1,546 available titles, and further 2017 titles will be added as they are published. Monographs, contributed volumes, handbooks and selected encyclopaedias in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Animal Models, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Plant Sciences are included in these collections.

The full text of these titles can be found in and accessed from iDiscover, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.

These collections will be available in full until the 31st December 2017 in the first instance, at which point the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.

A taster of available titles are listed below;

Turksen – Genome Editing

Levitan & Dopico – Vascular Ion Channels in Physiology and Disease

Chapple – New Zealand Lizards

Farooqui – Therapeutic Potentials of Curcumin for Alzheimer Disease

Pergentino de Sousa – Bioactive Essential Oils and Cancer

Roques – Processionary Moths and Climate Change : An Update

Yang & Bialkowska – Intestinal Tumorigenesis

Barbieri – Code Biology : A New Science of Life

Jain – Textbook of Personalized Medicine

Henke & Tattersall – Handbook of Paleoanthropology (2nd ed.)

De Silva & Vance – Scientific Scholarly Communication

Bleidorn – Phylogenomics : An Introduction

DeKosky – Decoding the Antibody Repertoire

Pachana – Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

plant responses    geometrical   cancer    bioprocess

If you have any feedback or comments on these new ebook collections, please email Yvonne Nobis at yn235@cam.ac.uk or the ebooks@cambridge team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Stahl Online

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The ebooks@cambridge Service is pleased to announce that we now have access to a new online resource to interest medical students and academics. Stahl Online is home to the complete set of reference works written or edited by leading psychopharmacologist, Dr Stephen M. Stahl, including Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology.

Stahl Online offers a database of psychopharmacological drugs with regularly updated content, including information on new drugs and dosage. The resource is illustrated with clear diagrams and evidence-based principles for the use of psychopharmacologic drugs to support postgraduate teaching.

Published by Cambridge University Press in collaboration with the Neuroscience Education Institute, Stahl Online hosts 14 key titles including those shown below. You can click on the covers to access the full content.

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  • Comprehensive, illustrated teaching and learning resources covering: antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilisers, ADHD, chronic pain, anxiety, stree, PTSD, substance abuse and violence
  • Fully searchable drug database, including information on side effects, dosing, special conditions, and food and drugs to be avoided
  • Downloadable figures and illustrations for use in teaching
  • Easy to navigate platform
  • Unlimited user concurrency

The following volumes are being added to the platform as they become available;

  • Stahl’s Illustrated Sleep and Wake Disorders
  • Stahl’s Self-Assessment Examination in Psychiatry, 2nd edition
  • Violence in Psychiatry
  • Case Studies, Volume 2
  • Stahl’s Illustrated Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

The titles are searchable in iDiscover and are available to access on and off campus (with a Raven login).

If you have any comments about this ebook collection, please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on 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.

St Patrick’s Day ebooks

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the ebooks@cambridge team.

To celebrate here are a brief selection of recently published academic monographs which are available to access as ebooks through iDiscover, or are coming soon. Click on the covers to access the full text.

Sixties ireland daly   standish   anglo irish troubles

feminst judgements   unapproved    irish sanctuary

flowing tides     letters catholic poor    small nations

 

Manchester Medieval Sources Online

mmso-book-coversThanks to the Seeley Historical Library, the Connell Fund and the ebooks@cambridge Service, the Manchester Medieval Sources Online collection is now available for Cambridge University registered users. This series has been in existence for over 20 years and is an authoritative publication for expert translation of medieval primary sources that would otherwise be inaccessible to students and scholars alike.

mmso-picThis collection provides translations of key sources that are directly usable in student’s own work, with full, accessible contextual introductions and helpful annotations throughout. From the terror of the Black Death to the drama of the Norman invasion, these books provide texts central to medieval studies courses and focuses on the diverse cultural and social, as well as political conditions that affected the functioning of all levels of medieval society.

There are currently 32 titles in the series, and these will be updated with 2 new publications annually. This series is very useful for teaching and for research, in the case of translated chronicles and particularly the ‘selected texts,’ which typically provide an accessible ‘slice’ through a variety of unpublished archival material. The series is edited by Dr Rosemary Horrox (University of Cambridge) and Professor Simon MacLean (University of St Andrews) and has had other editorial contributions from other Cambridge faculty.

The records for the MMSO titles will appear in iDiscover in early December. In the meantime you may access the collection both on and off campus from here or from the link on the ebooks@cambridge collections web page. If you have any questions or feedback on this ebook collection please contact the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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New ebook titles – June 2016

Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during June. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Chemistry1   Education1  Education2    Education3Engineering1  HPS1  HPS2  Business1       Italian1  Italian2  Italian3  Law1    Medicine1  MML1  SPS1  SPS2  SPS3  HPS3  SPS5  Education4    Education5  Education6  Education7  MML2    SPS6  Education8HPS4    Italian4  Italian5   Education9  Education10  Education11     Education12  Italian6  SPS8  Education13  HPS5    Engineering2  Sustainability2Sustainability1  SPS10  SPS11  SPS12  SPS13