2011 October : ebooks@cambridge brief guide to using our ebook collection


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Prepared by the ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group for librarians to share with students at introductory sessions.

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2011 October : ebooks@cambridge brief guide to using our ebook collection

  1. 1. Accessing and using electronic books via ebooks@cambridge A brief guide for librarians to use during library induction sessions ebooks@cambridge September 2011
  2. 2. ebooks and ebooks@cambridge <ul><li>What is an ebook? </li></ul><ul><li>It is a searchable full-text electronic version of a print book. You can use an ebook for quick reference, read a chapter, or read the whole book </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>is a service administered by Cambridge University Library providing access to ebooks to all current staff and students of Cambridge University at any time, from within the University and off campus. The service receives financial support from a large number of Colleges and Faculties, the Isaac Newton Trust and the University Library. </li></ul><ul><li>Suppliers include EBSCO (previously NetLibrary), MyiLibrary, ACLS, STAT!Ref, Intelex, De Gruyter, Royal Society of Chemistry and Cambridge University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why use ebooks@cambridge? <ul><li>It may provide the book that you need: many of the ebook titles have been selected from the most popular titles in college and faculty libraries, and from reading lists for a range of subjects </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to come to a library: Members of Cambridge University have unlimited access from anywhere with an internet connection, 24 hours a day 7 days a week </li></ul><ul><li>It’s like the print version, with extras : You can search the text, add bookmarks and add your own notes </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to access ebooks@cambridge titles <ul><li>The simplest way to access ebooks@cambridge is via LibrarySearch (searches Cambridge University print and electronic collections in addition to online databases). Most, but not all, collections supplied by ebooks@cambridge are searchable by LibrarySearch. </li></ul><ul><li>Via the supplier websites (MyiLibrary, ACLS etc.). You can find a list of these by going to http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks and selecting the “ebook collections” tab. The @ symbol indicates the collections supplied by the ebooks@cambridge service. An indication is given of whether each collection is searchable by LibrarySearch. </li></ul><ul><li>Via Newton (the Cambridge University catalogue) </li></ul><ul><li>Via CrossSearch (searches multiple electronic resources) ebooks@cambridge September 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul><ul><li>Sept 2011 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finding ebooks using LibrarySearch <ul><li>You can use LibrarySearch to find ebooks along with print books held in libraries across the University and journal articles from online databases such as JSTOR, Scopus and Web of Knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the ebook icon to search for all ebook records </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Finding ebooks using LibrarySearch Enter one or more search terms in the search box. ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  7. 7. Finding ebooks using LibrarySearch The Refine options appear to the right of your search results. If there are ebook records in your results you can click on Ebook under the Format option under Refine: ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  8. 8. Finding ebooks using LibrarySearch If you limit the search results by selecting Location as your College or Faculty/Departmental library, your results will include ebooks (and ejournals) as well as print books held by your selected Location ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  9. 9. Connecting to an ebook from a record in LibrarySearch Click on the link in the Online field in the catalogue record for the ebook. This will connect to the ebook supplier and the full text of the ebook You will need a Raven password to access ebooks@cambridge titles from outside the Cambridge University network ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  10. 10. Viewing an ebook <ul><li>When you view an ebook the Table of Contents is generally displayed on the left side and the text on the right side. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the headings to expand the contents tree. </li></ul><ul><li>You can move around the ebook using the Table of Contents and the navigation bar at the top of the text. </li></ul>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  11. 11. Using ebooks : additional features <ul><li>Navigating an ebook </li></ul><ul><li>To turn the page of an ebook – use the “Next Page” button </li></ul><ul><li>To go to a specific page insert the page number in the Go to Page box </li></ul><ul><li>Navigate around the book using the Table of Contents. </li></ul><ul><li>Searching within the text </li></ul><ul><li>You can search within an ebook for specific text . The method depends on the supplier and may be a search tab, search box, “search within” icon or a “Find” box in the toolbar above the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up an account and creating your own notes </li></ul><ul><li>You can save a list of ebook titles and save your own notes for specific ebooks. To do this you have to first set up a personal account with your own username and password. For example this can be done via the “ Notes” tab in MyiLibrary and the “Create Note” tool in EBSCOhost (previously NetLibrary). ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Copying and printing There are copyright restrictions on ebooks in the same way there are on printed books, and it is your responsibility to make sure you stay within copyright law. Use of ebooks is monitored and suppliers will withdraw access if evidence of copyright abuse is detected. Before copying or printing please refer to the information given on the suppliers' websites or at the eresources@cambridge Access & copyright page: www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources/help/access.php ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011
  13. 13. Finding out more and contacting the team <ul><li>If you have questions, feedback or suggestions for ebook titles which should be included in the service, please contact ebooks@cambridge at: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>For more information about ebooks@cambridge: </li></ul><ul><li>See the website: www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks/ </li></ul><ul><li>Follow ebooks@cambridge on Twitter @ebookscam </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks@cambridge Sept 2011 </li></ul>