Cambridge Histories Online - Guided Tour


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This unique historical reference compendium allows instant access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series. With access to the most up to date and authoritative scholarly content, Cambridge Histories Online is an invaluable resource, for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers alike.

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Cambridge Histories Online - Guided Tour

  1. 1. Cambridge Histories OnlineCambridge Histories Online1. Table of Contents2. Introduction3. The Home Page4. Browsing Content5. The Book Page6. The Chapter Page7. The Author Page8. Advanced Search9. Search Results10. Opening a PDF11. My Histories – Access12. My Histories – Workgroups13. My Histories – Joining and Creating Workgroups14. My Histories – Saving a Search15. My Histories – Saving a Bookmark16. Subscriber Services17. Account AdministrationGUIDED
  2. 2. Cambridge Histories OnlineAn Introduction to Cambridge Histories Online• Full online access to the texts from the Cambridge Histories series inPDF format• Browse content over 15 historical subject areas• Over 300+ titles currently available containing over 220,000 pages• Automatically updated with new titles as soon as they becomeavailable• Personalisation tools allow workgroup creation (saving bookmarks andsearches and sharing them with other users)• Account administration area for library access control andmanagement
  3. 3. Cambridge Histories OnlineThe Home PageLogging in and navigating content1.You can log into the site by either using your regular logindetails or via the Athens or Shibboleth portals2.Once logged in, or recognised by IP, your institutionallogo and name will appear in the top right of all pages3.Your access will be displayed in an ‘access box’, whichappears below the login button on all pages4.From the homepage, you can perform a quick searchacross all titles5.You can refine your search further using the advancedsearch function6.Use the main browse area to go directly to the titleswithin each subject area7.View the latest titles to be added to the platform. Clickon the covers to link directly to these titles1234 567
  4. 4. Cambridge Histories OnlineBrowsing ContentBrowsing by title, chapter subject andauthor1.From the homepage, you can link directly to browsepages for each subject area2.You can also click on the ‘Browse’ tab on thehomepage to browse all titles on the site3.Once on the browse pages, you can then choose tobrowse by title, chapter, subject or author4.If you know what you are looking for, you can use thealphabet shown in the grey bar to link directly tocontent5.Scroll through the listed content using the nextbutton6.Sort listed content by title, author or year of printpublication23456
  5. 5. Cambridge Histories OnlineThe Book PageBrowsing content on the book page1.The centre of each book page contains tabsshowing a book description, table of contents anda reference list in html2.Click on a PDF icon in the table of contents todownload chapter content or click on the chapter titleto go to the chapter overview page. You can alsouse the chapter dropdown, next to the coverimage, to get to your chosen chapter overview page.3.The book tools provided on all book pagesinclude:•‘Find this book in a library’ (searches the OCLCWorldCat database)•‘How to cite’ (including citation export functions)•‘Alert me when this book is cited’ (with links tosearch the Google Scholar and CrossRef databases)•‘Bookmark and share’ (use various tools orplatforms to save or share content)1.Once on the book page you can refine your searchfurther using the ‘Search within this book’ function.2.Click on ‘Buy the book’ to find the print version ofthe title in the Cambridge University Press catalogue3.See which subject area the book is part of in the‘This book is in’ box1234516
  6. 6. Cambridge Histories OnlineThe Chapter PageViewing content on chapter pagesWhen you click on a particular chapter on a bookpage, or choose a chapter in the chapter dropdown,you are taken to a chapter landing page, where youcan view the PDF related to that particular chapter.Differences between book pages and chapterpages:1.Chapter PDF is shown at the top of the chapterlanding page2.Chapter author and DOI are displayed in themetadata3.Chosen chapter displays in the dropdown4.Chapter description shows in tabbed area nextto the table of contents1234
  7. 7. Cambridge Histories OnlineThe Author PageViewing other works by the sameauthor1. When an authors’ name is displayed anywhere onthe site it will appear as a link2. This link will take you through to the ‘authorpage’ which contains a list of content they have written,edited or contributed to on the site3. You can then link through to these titles to view therelevant book or chapter pages123
  8. 8. Cambridge Histories OnlineAdvanced SearchUsing the advanced search functionThe advanced search link is available on every page ofthe site and allows you to select specific criteria torefine your search.1.Use the first dropdown to select the parameters ofyour search2.Use the second dropdown to further refine yoursearch rules by including and excluding keywords3.Type in your keyword or phrase and if you would liketo add more search terms simply click the ‘Morechoices’ button to add a new row4.Refine your search further by searching either allsubjects or choosing a specific subject area1 23
  9. 9. Cambridge Histories OnlineSearch ResultsManaging your search resultsYou can search for content using the quick search or theadvanced search functions.1.When the search results display, there are many toolsyou can use to manage your results:• Sort by relevancy, author, print publicationyear and online publication year.• Change number of results shown on thepage• Results can be viewed as books or chapters• Boolean, proximity and stem searching issupportedManaging your search terms2.You can use the ‘Refine your search’ box to narrowyour search further:• Terms you have entered in your search can beremoved• If the term is not recognised another term willbe suggested• Narrow your results further by subject,author or print publication year2.Use the ‘Show search’ function to view your originalsearch criteria and to amend as requiredSaving your search4.Save your search results as an RSS feed or bookmarkthe search results in your ‘My Companions’personalisation area (See slides 11-15 to learn moreabout the ‘My Companions area)1234
  10. 10. Cambridge Histories OnlineOpening a PDFViewing content within PDFsAll content on the site is contained within PDFs thatare split by chapter.1.If you have access to a title the PDF icon willshow in colour. If you do not have access the iconswill be greyed out2.Click on the relevant chapter PDF to view thecontent. This will display in a separate window.3.If you have reached the PDF via a search or if youhave used the ‘Search within this book’ function ‘hithighlighting’ will be in place by default‘Hit highlighting’ is when the search termsyou have used are highlighted within the PDF4.To switch this function off, close the PDF and click‘turn of hit highlighting’ below the book tools andthen reopen the PDF5.To search the PDF for specific keywords clickCtrl and F on your keyboard and type your keywordinto the search box132
  11. 11. Cambridge Histories OnlineMy Histories - AccessAccessing the My Histories area1.To access your personalisation area within the site clickon the ‘My Histories’ tab at the top of any page2.If you are not logged in, the page will prompt you toregister for your own personalisation account.3.If you are logged in, you will automatically see the MyHistories workgroup landing page4.Once you are logged into this area, you can:– re-run recent and saved searches– bookmark books or chapters of particularinterest– create notes for each bookmarked item.– create shared workgroups which willenable you to share information with otherusers (bookmarks, searches, notes,external links and announcements) withinthe My Histories area.You must register to have access to your personalised‘My Histories’ area.12
  12. 12. Cambridge Histories OnlineMy Histories - WorkgroupsManaging your workgroups within theMy Histories area1.Once you have logged into the My Histories area,two tabs are displayed – your personal workgroupand shared workgroups2.Your personal workgroup is an area in which youcan save your searches, bookmarks and look at yourlast five searches on the site. You can also add yourown notes3.The shared workgroups tab contains groups youhave created that can be shared with others1132
  13. 13. Cambridge Histories OnlineMy Histories – Joining and Creating workgroupsJoining a workgroup1.To subscribe to a workgroup, type the workgrouppasscode in the ‘Subscribe to this workgroup’ field andclick ‘Join’2.The workgroup passcode can be seen below theworkgroup name. The workgroup owner will need togive you this code to enable you to access their groupCreating a new workgroup3.To create a new workgroup, simply input a workgroupname and any notes you wish to add in the ‘Workgroupactions’ area and click ‘Create’4.The workgroup will appear in your shared workgrouptap5.To share your workgroup, send the workgrouppasscode to selected users6.You can only delete items in workgroups you havecreated13
  14. 14. Cambridge Histories OnlineMy Histories - Saving a SearchSaving a search in the My Histories area1.To save a search in your personalisation area click on the‘Bookmark this search’ link within your search results2.Add a title for your search and notes if required3.Select which workgroup you would like the search to beadded to (you can add it to your own personal workgroup ora shared workgroup)4.Your search will then be saved under the relevant tab inyour chosen group. You can re-run, edit or delete yoursearch at any time.5.Your last five searches are automatically saved in yourpersonal workgroup tab12345
  15. 15. Cambridge Histories OnlineMy Histories – Saving a BookmarkBookmarking a chapter or book in theMy Histories area1.To save a bookmark in your personalisation area clickon the ‘Bookmark this chapter/book’ link within the‘Bookmark and share’ area on any book or chapterpage on the site2.Add a title for your bookmark and notes if required3.Select which workgroup you would like thebookmark to be added to (you can add it to your ownpersonal workgroup or a shared workgroup)4.Your bookmark will then be saved under therelevant tab in your chosen group. You can edit ordelete your bookmark at any time.1234
  16. 16. Cambridge Histories OnlineSubscriber ServicesUsing Subscriber ServicesThe Subscriber Services area provides a number of functionsto help library staff to manage and promote the product withintheir institution1.Within the subscriber services area you can downloadMARC records in the following ways:•Insert a date span to access downloadable, system-generated MARC records. These records are created usingour internal database and are available as soon as a title ispublished on the site•Use the OCLC call number reference sheet to obtainMARC records directly from OCLC. OCLC records can bedownloaded as sets by month. Please note that OCLCrecords are generally available approximately 7-14 days afterthe date of online publication.In this area you can also find:•Title lists in Excel format showing detailed bibliographicdata for each title including title, author, print publicationdate, online publication date and DOI•Promotional materials such as flyers, guided tours andhand-outs to help promote the product in your library•Sign up for updates to enable you to be alerted when a titleis added to the site. Updates can be set up as RSS feeds oremail notifications.1
  17. 17. Cambridge Histories OnlineAccount AdministrationManaging your accountThe Account Administration area can be found within theSubscriber Services tab and can only be seen if you are logged inas an administrator.1. Within this area you can access the following:•Configure IP address – add/remove/edit the IP ranges associatedwith your access•Access to – view the titles that you have access to as well asactive trials•Remote user access – add, edit and remove remote user details•Switch accounts – manage more than one account•Usage statistics – access COUNTER usage reports showingusage at a title level. Please note: Pre-30 November 2012 usagereports can only be downloaded from the old Subscriber Servicesarea:•Open URL resolver – insert your Open URL resolver to linkcontent to your selected knowledgebase•Update organisation details – update your details including yourdisplay name, display message and address•Hosting fee reminder – check which date your hosting fee is nextdue•Change administrator – enables you to remove your username asadministrator and set someone else as the administrator insteadusing your current password and the new administrator’s usernameand password•Update organisation logo – personalise the site by changing thelogo that appears on the top right of all pages•Email preferences – opt-in and out of order-related emails for anumber of our products1
  18. 18. Cambridge Histories OnlineFree Trials AvailablePlease recommend Cambridge Histories Online to your librarian. Institutions may request afree 30-day trial through the site by submitting a trial request form or alternatively, contactyour regional online sales team for pricing information.Customers within North and South America:By phone: 845 353 7500By fax: 845 353 4141By email: cho@cambridge.orgCustomers outside North and South America:By phone: +44 (0)1223 326070By fax: +44 (0)1223 325150By email: