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
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
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
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.
Searching ebrary has remained the same, but the way in which ebooks are viewed has had a facelift.
From the homepage, you can search or browse by topic. Only titles we own are displayed.
Once you have selected the title you would like to read you will be shown how many pages are available to copy and download. The number of pages will differ per book.
When viewing a title in the browser you can highlight and annotate text. That title will then appear when you click on the ‘Bookshelf’ tab, with a list of all the notes you have added. You can sort these titles into folders which can then be exported to EndNote, Citavi or RefWorks. You will need to be logged into Raven to use this functionality.
To download pages as a PDF to keep you will need to click on the image of a printer on the bar above the page view text, this will print your pages to PDF.
You can also download a complete title for 7 or 14 days (depending on the book) using Adobe Digital Editions. In order to download this software click on ‘Download’, you will then be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions before being able to download the book. Then, next time you click download when in a title it will automatically open using this software. A limited number of titles do not allow downloading in this way.
You can return a downloaded title early in Adobe Digital Editions by right clicking on the book cover. This means a copy is now available for someone else to use.
If you are visually impaired, ebrary titles can be used with a screen reader. Please contact ebooks@cambridge on firstname.lastname@example.org for help with this.
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You can scare yourself with ebooks if you want to this Halloween, who needs Jamie Lee Curtis or Freddy Krueger when you’ve got the following titles at the click of a mouse?
All titles are available in LibrarySearch because we are trialling the ‘Academic Complete’ collection on the ebrary ebooks platform. Click on the book covers to link directly through to the full text.
Don’t have nightmares…
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THE TRIAL HAS NOW ENDED!! Thank you for your feedback.
The ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group and the University Library have arranged a free trial to “Academic Complete”, a large collection of over 87,411 titles from over 600 publishers, hosted on the ebrary ebook platform.
These ebooks allow unlimited user access, cover a wide range of subject areas and are searchable in LibrarySearch, in addition to being available to browse directly on the ebrary platform. Cambridge University users can access the ebooks on and off campus (with a Raven username and password) and can also download up to 10 entire titles at a time onto a chosen device for 14 day loans. You will need the free Adobe Digital Editions software to download whole ebooks, but this process will not work with Kindles. (Downloading to an iPad has been tested by the ebooks team and proved painless – let us know if your experience with other mobile devices differs.)
Please note, if you are on campus and want to download a title, add a book to your bookshelf, or make annotations, then you will need to sign in with your Raven details. The ‘Sign In’ link is located in the top right-hand corner.
An example of the QuickView Reader screen is shown below; there is online help available and also links to a Quick Start guide and a training video. For the purposes of this trial only the QuickView Reader is accessible. You can download an ebrary app for Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and download ebooks to multiple devices.
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This is the first time we have used the ebrary ebooks platform so please do let us know what you think about its usability and downloading functionality, together with your comments about content coverage and any other relevant feedback. Please email Jayne and Rachel on email@example.com with your thoughts.
The trial has now ended.