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E-books: starter session


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Training presentation developed and delivered on University of Leeds Information Literacy programme, 2006-7

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E-books: starter session

  1. 1. Electronic Books Leeds University Library Information Literacy Programme 2006-2007
  2. 2. Purpose of this session <ul><li>To introduce electronic books </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate how to locate electronic books using the Library webpages and Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>To look at examples of electronic book services </li></ul><ul><li>To look at downloading, printing and saving material from electronic books </li></ul>
  3. 3. Back to basics: what is an e-book? <ul><li>An e-book is an electronic (online) version of a book. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be read on a PC, laptop or portable reader and can be available in a variety of formats, often with additional useful features. </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: and ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Types of e-book <ul><li>Freely available </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased as individual titles (especially high demand books) </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased as part of database </li></ul><ul><li>Companion sites </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopaedias and other reference works </li></ul>
  5. 5. e-Books – what’s different? <ul><li>Searchable for particular word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>In some services, can be highlighted and/or annotated </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-searching </li></ul><ul><li>Extra features - updated editions, revised chapters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Still has contents page /indexes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Statistics @ Leeds <ul><li>Book titles: 200,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Book providers: 100 </li></ul><ul><li>Freely available collections including Bartleby, Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Companion websites and networked PDF where available </li></ul><ul><li>High demand textbooks and reference works </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-book services
  8. 8. Finding e-books <ul><li>1. The Library webpages </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Library Catalogue </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding e-books 1: the Library webpages <ul><li>Start from Library homepage ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Index then find E-books </li></ul><ul><li>List of packages currently available – not all are catalogued so you will need to browse within the various services </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finding e-books 1: The Library webpages, E-books A-Z Search options for the Library Catalogue A-Z listing of services
  11. 11. Finding e-books 2: the Library Catalogue <ul><li>Make sure you have chosen the ‘electronic resources’ scope in the pull down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Use title, author, or keyword search to find the book you need </li></ul><ul><li>In the Catalogue record, click on the link “view this book online” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Finding e-books 2: The Library Catalogue, resource (provider) search Search by provider name
  13. 13. Finding e-books: example of a resource record Link to resource Resource description Availability
  14. 14. Advantages of using e-books <ul><li>They can be searched to find a particular word or reference </li></ul><ul><li>Can be accessed when a hard copy is not in stock or out on loan </li></ul><ul><li>Can be accessed from anywhere, at any time to suit you </li></ul>
  15. 15. Disadvantages of using e-books <ul><li>Sometimes only one person at a time can read the book (same as the print copy) </li></ul><ul><li>Down- time of the resource </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes obtrusive sponsorship and advertising on screen </li></ul>
  16. 16. Downloading and printing <ul><li>Downloading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be saved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>terminology might vary, usually PDF, HTML or plain text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>often uses external reader software such as Adobe Acrobat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Printing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be printed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>convenience value of a printout for reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>some services may not allow printing at high quality </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Example of a PDF book extract (from Applied Science Monographs)
  18. 18. New developments: Turning the Pages Original ms. for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  19. 19. New developments: Wikis Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia
  20. 20. New developments: Blogs University of Leeds teaching and learning blog
  21. 21. New developments: Google Book Search Access to scanned extracts of books
  22. 22. New developments: Amazon Search Inside the Book Keyword search to return book extracts
  23. 23. Reference Works <ul><li>The University Library has made the OED, the DNB, Who’s Who, and Encyclopaedia Britannica available online; plus Oxford Reference books </li></ul>
  24. 24. The future? GAM3R 7H3ORY <ul><li>The book as computer game for the next generation; a work in progress with chapters, conversations, feedback and discussions. </li></ul>
  25. 25. What next? <ul><li>Explore the Library collection of e-books using the workbook provided </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at coverage for your own subject area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Any further questions - just ask ! </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced course will run next semester </li></ul>