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Ebooks new (web version)

  1. 1. Using e-books Introduction to using e-books for researchJames BissetAcademic Liaison Librarian (Research Support)
  2. 2. Print surrogate withadded benefits: • Accessibility - 24/7 access for multiple users • Substitute for antiquarian texts • Do not deteriorate • Space-saving
  3. 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. 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. 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. 6. Finding e-books• Durham University Library catalogue –Individual titles –Collections • Monographs • Reference • Historic
  7. 7. Hands-on- Use the library catalogue to find an e-book- Browse the collections from either : or ce/
  8. 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. 9. Hands-on- Explore some of the e-book collections at:
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  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18. Measuring Researcher DevelopmentVitae Researcher Development Framework [see image credits]