Using e-books Introduction to using e-books for researchJames BissetAcademic Liaison Librarian (Research Support)
Print surrogate withadded benefits: • Accessibility - 24/7 access for multiple users • Substitute for antiquarian texts • Do not deteriorate • Space-saving
Advantages of using e-booksAdded value with eache-book: • Full-text searching • Reformatting, cut & paste • Highlight text and add notes • Group working • Export options
Disadvantages of using e-books• Finding them• Learning functionality on different platforms• Normally requires online access• Tiring to read on screen• Publication dates / editions• Quality of image• Copyright
Different providers & formats• Some allow full-text searching; others index only individual chapters• Some display book within the interface; others link to a separate pdf• Some scanned items (with OCR searchable text); others free text
Hands-on- Use the library catalogue to find an e-book- Browse the collections from either : http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/ebooks/ or http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/referen ce/
Finding e-books• Free books on the web – Previews (Google Books) – Open access • OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) • Project Gutenberg – Out of copyright
Hands-on- Explore some of the e-book collections at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/resources/online/ebooks/
In text citationsFrom an e-book collection:• Smith and Jones (1992: 34)• “important quotation” (Fowler, 2007: 12)From an e-book reader:• “an additional and equally important point” (Hughes, 2004: chapter 3, section 2, paragraph 8)
Bibliographic referenceVia e-book collection• Author• (Year of publication of book)• Title of book.• Name of e-book collection• [Online].• Available at: URL• (accessed: date).
Bibliographic reference• Graham, S. and Marvin, S. (2001) Splintering urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological motilities and the urban condition. Netlibrary [Online]. Available at: http://www.netlibrary.com (Accessed: 11 November 2012).
Bibliographic referencee-book reader• Author• (Year of publication of book)• Title of book.• Title of download collection• [e-book reader].• Available at: URL• (accessed: date).
Bibliographic reference• Adams, D. (1979) The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. Ebooks.com [e-book reader]. Available at: http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_displa y.asp?IID=161294 (Accessed: 29 October 2012).
Summary• Don’t overlook as a resource if not immediately visible.• Use as print surrogate or for added value elements• Varied appearance and access points• Citation varies from that for a print book