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  • Link into reading effectively – don’t need to read a book cover to cover. You need to decide which parts to read.Still make use of print resources for in depth reading – format of e-books might not be suitable for long periods of research and not all publishers allow items to be made available digitally. Session is going to focus on books free to you e.g. library subscription or free to all . Not looking at downloading ebooks from online book shops. Not looking at e-book reader devices (e.g. Kindle / iPad).Feedback on session very useful
  • A list of advantages which in some respects are more from a library perspective than anything: - all books are 24/7. However, in terms of availability from library stock they aren’t – only one person can access a print copy at a time, you can’t get off the shelves from off-site or outside of opening hours. - offer additional features and accessibility than original manuscripts and old printed books do. - ‘do not deteoriate’ : although still a bit early to talk about the longevity of individual format types... Betamax, microdisc, cd etc...
  • Added value with each e-book: Full-text searching (to find the book and then to find keywords within the book) – don’t just have to use the contents and index Can go beyond the library catalogue search as your keywords will look in the full-text of the book, may discover more titles Reformatting, cut & paste Can zoom in, cut and paste key text (may need to log in to database with a free personal account) remember to make a note of where you got the information from as it will still need to be referenced in your citation/bibliography Highlight text, add notes Group working – can all look at the document simultaneously. Some providers do restrict the concurrent usage. Export – print, download, export to EndNote Other features = citation information
  • Finding them – can use the catalogue / library web pages to find the databases. Some are catalogued but others are not. Learning how to use them – similar to journal databases – can search within the contents of the booksRequires access to computersTiring to read on screenPublication dates - many are not the most recent edition. Sometimes publishers won’t allow the most recent editions to be available electronically. Some are too expensive for the library to purchase. Those that are bought, most are static – one-off purchase – they don’t evolve. However, Something like Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences is updated – e.g. ELS was most recently updated on 15th October 2012 when 19 new articles were published (November 2012)Quality of image- can be dark esp with tight bindings, annotations made in texts which are then scanned can appear on the digital version.Copyright issues, does the ease of cutting & pasting encourage plagiarism? Remember to reference any items you use for research! Not everything is available digitally – copyright may restrict this.
  • There isn’t one e-book database which searches all the collections we subscribe toCan find a full list of e-book providers that we subscribe to at: going to have time to go through all the interfaces in this session but will focus more on highlighting what is possible and for you to have a go at using those features in whatever ebook or provider you decide to use.Text in the books is not clickable but there are interactive menus/contents pages with sub headings listed to make the reading more interactiveEach e-book database is slightly different in how it can be searched
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:MyiLibrary – search by term, and results returned will be individual books.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:MyiLibrary – search by term, and results returned will be individual books.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:MyiLibrary – search by term, and results returned will be individual books.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:Cambridge Collections – search by term, and results returned will be chapters within the books held in the collection.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:Cambridge Collections – search by term, and results returned will be chapters within the books held in the collection.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:Cambridge Collections – search by term, and results returned will be chapters within the books held in the collection.
  • Demonstration differences in interface / means of searching:Cambridge Collections – search by term, and results returned will be chapters within the books held in the collection.
  • Image is an attempt to illustrate the fact you can search many of our books via together as they are held in collections, but some sit individually and so can only be located and found by themselves.“There is, unfortunately, no single, simple way to search across all of the content of all of our e-books”- Mention this may change over the next couple of years with a project looking at a introducing a discovery service.Find e-books at Durham:Durham has more than 290,000 e-books – increasing every day (MyiLibrary Patron Plan – currently paused)Searching for individual titles on the catalogue:Demo CATALOGUE Title search for “Polymer-based Nanostructures” - we only have as an ebook - Point out chapters open as pdfs... - can then CTRL-F to search text of chapter: “human insulin” - no function to search entire text of book at once unfortunately, only chapter titlesTitle search for “The Princeton Companion to Mathematics” and show limit to ebook then show some of netlibrary features - show expandable contents - Currently an issue opening pdfs in internet explorer: has been reported (see next screen) - top right of full text screen, can search text of book.Title search for “multi-ethnic France” - MyiLibrary – click on title. Search for ‘national identity’ - show results of highlighted sections in order of page numbersCan export to endnote Can add notes (need to log in)Can copy and paste text Can download but only as an image – not text searchableSearching for topics/keywords in the main e-book databases: Demo where e-book list of providers is Select ebooks from Other Online Resources but mention Online Reference for electronic encyclopaedias and dictionaries too Biggest e-book provider is MyiLibrary  We have approx 10,000 MyiLibrary e-booksNetLibrary allows 2 concurrent users and a turnaway policy is in operation, which alerts us to popular titles we may need to look at in terms of extra copies. If you try to access a title that 2 other people are viewing you will see a notice box to let you know the concurrent user limit is reached and to try again later. MyiLibrary has a higher concurrent usage limit – rare to see turn-aways.Other key collections: Monographs/textbooks - Cambridge Collections Online / Oxford Scholarship Online / Legal Classics from Hein Online - demo heinonline, text search fundtionality.Reference collections – not always presented as a book but more as a database. Blackwell Reference / Encyclopedia of life sciences / Oxford Dictionary National Biography – not delivered via an ebook database in the list – do a catalogue search for DNB – see printed version and e-version Can browse a list of e-reference resources - – Past Masters / ECCO / EEBO can sometimes have issues with titles e.g. search for George Abbot in EEBO. variations in language / spelling - make use of the variants search option in EEBO e.g. goodness.
  • You can also find e-books outside of Durham’s subscriptions:Can sometimes see previews on sites like AmazonSome items on Google Books have almost the entire book (extended preview) and indeed the full book for those out of copyright-------------------------------------------------------------------------------The books in Google Books come from two sources. The Library Project Worked with several major libraries around the world to include their collections in Book Search: For books that are still in copyright, the results are like a card catalogue; they show info about the book and, generally, a few snippets of text showing your search term in context.For Library Project books that are out of copyright you can read and download the entire book.The Partner ProgramPartnered with over 20,000 publishers and authors to make their books discoverable on Google. Can flip through a few preview pages of these books, just like you'd browse them at a book shop or library. DEMO:SEARCH FOR Life of Samuel Johnson (in Google Books -point out not in standard google)Can limit search in the advanced search or down the left hand side of the results screen. Full view = full access to the text. Limited Preview = partial access to the text. Snippet = card catalogue. Sometimes no snippet is available. limit to Free Google eBooks Can sort by date or relevance Can choose to view as an image / plain text / PDF / epub (epub used by most readers except Kindle, pdf is a fixed format so can vary in quality if an image) Can search within book search for Edinburgh but there is rarely a contents page. Bib details at the bottom of the ‘About this book screen’ – Can also choose to export to Endnote – and there is also a URL which you can copy and paste. Demo a book with no preview e.g. Polymer-Based Nanostructures and then limit to preview and full view and view Nanomaterials for medical diagnosis and therapy which has a couple of pages missing every now and then (e.g. p.559)Open Access – may be a term you are more familiar with when it comes to publishing in journals but it’s important for books too.OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The basic idea is simple: making peer-reviewed literature permanently available, free of charge and freely redistributable by taking advantage of the low cost and wide access of internet distribution.Demo Oapen ( ) search for financial crisis and show how to limit by subject area - contemporary politics in hongkong - search text for ‘political correctness’ (CTRL-F)Project Gutenberg provides access to over 38, 000 free ebooksto read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. However there are issues to bear in mind with out of copyright material as the law may vary from country to country. However, theirebooks are free in the United States because the copyright has expired there but they may not be free of copyright in other countries. Readers outside of the United States must check the copyright laws of their countries before downloading or redistributing our ebooks. Demo browse function and options for download
  • 30 minutes into session.Give 15 minutes hands on time
  • Note that the following information is guidance on the basic principles – you will of course have to adapt to whatever referencing style you are using at the time.Information taken from ‘Cite them right’, available in print or online via the library catalogue.
  • Approx 45 minutes into sessionYou will still need to reference any material you use from e-booksExample on screen is using an author-date style here but will need to adapt accordingly to own style. Principles remain the same.Quote as you would a print book. If there are no page numbers (such as with the Kindle) then quote in a similar way to the Bible, using sections. Abbreviations are fine e.g. ch, s, para. Best not to use ‘location numbers’ as very difficult for anyone not using the reader to track down the citation.
  • How to reference when you are using an e-book from a database or internet siteVia ebook collection e.g. from library or Google booksSource of information: Cite them Right
  • Example
  • How to reference when you are using an e-book from an e-book reader
  • Example
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    • 1. Using e-books Introduction to using e-books for researchJames BissetAcademic Liaison Librarian (Research Support)
    • 2. Print surrogate withadded benefits: • Accessibility - 24/7 access for multiple users • Substitute for antiquarian texts • Do not deteriorate • Space-saving
    • 3. Advantages of using e-booksAdded value with eache-book: • Full-text searching • Reformatting, cut & paste • Highlight text and add notes • Group working • Export options
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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
    • 6. Finding e-books• Durham University Library catalogue –Individual titles –Collections • Monographs • Reference • Historic
    • 7. Hands-on- Use the library catalogue to find an e-book- Browse the collections from either : or ce/
    • 8. 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
    • 9. Hands-on- Explore some of the e-book collections at:
    • 10.
    • 11. 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)
    • 12. 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).
    • 13. Bibliographic reference• Graham, S. and Marvin, S. (2001) Splintering urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological motilities and the urban condition. Netlibrary [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 11 November 2012).
    • 14. 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).
    • 15. Bibliographic reference• Adams, D. (1979) The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. [e-book reader]. Available at: y.asp?IID=161294 (Accessed: 29 October 2012).
    • 16. 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
    • 17. Image Credits [Slide 2] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by demonsub. Original available at [Slide 3] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Maradento. Original available at [Slide 4] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Johan Larsson. Original available at [Slide 6] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Wouter de Bruijn. Original available at [Slide 9] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by R Scott Photography . Original available at [Slide 14] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Kirsty Andrews. Original available at [Slide 22] ‘Vitae®, © 2010 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited‘ Available at
    • 18. Measuring Researcher DevelopmentVitae Researcher Development Framework [see image credits]