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What you can and cannot do with the ebooks provided by the library.

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Ebooks provided by the University library

An ebook is an electronic version of a traditional print book. Ebooks are always available and provide quick and convenient access. You can access ebooks at any time from any PC or laptop connected to the University network.  We purchase ebooks from a number of different suppliers and there are variations in what you can and cannot do with each ebook.
Not all books are available as ebooks which the library can purchase but where possible we will try to purchase books in ebook format.

How do you find ebooks ?

All our ebooks are available via the library catalogue. If you want to limit your search to only find ebooks then use the drop down menu and select Online Resources. 

The catalogue will then only display ebooks and other electronic resources.

 

 To access any ebook click on the Connect to ebook link 

 

What can you do with the ebook ?

It depends on the supplier of the ebook but below is a summary of our main ebook suppliers. The majority of the ebooks we purchase can be read by multiple users at the same time and allow some printing and/or downloading. If you have problems accessing an ebook, try using a different web browser, e.g. if Internet Explorer will not work, try Chrome or Firefox. If you experience any problems or have any questions about ebooks please contact the Information Centre

 

Academic Complete/Ebrary

You can print up to 33% of a book.

You can download a book for 14 days.

Unlimited user access

Example: W. M. Spellman, A brief history of death

 

ACLS Humanities Ebook

Unlimited printing permitted.

You cannot download or save these books.

Unlimited user access

Example: Rhonda M. Gonzales, Societies, religion and history: central-east Tanzanians and the world they created

 

Cambridge University Press

You can print one chapter or 20% of the book, whichever is the greater.

You can download the book a chapter at a time.

Unlimited user access

Example: E. Scott Adler & John D. Wilkerson, Congress and the politics of problem solving

 

Dawsonera

Read on line or download for 1-4 days. At the end of the 1-4 days the file will be deleted. To download or read online, click on the icons below the description of the book. The file will download as a pdf and you will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to save, read and print the file. Some ebooks supplied by Dawsonera require Adobe Digital Editions (see examples below) .It is not possible to download Adobe Digital Editions using lab PCs, however you can download this to your own laptop or PC.

You can print 5% of any book.

Limited number of user accesses per year, e.g. 325 or 400.

You can vary the font size.

Examples: Phil Barker, Mental health ethics: the human context   or Joe Harkin, Teaching Young Adults (requires Adobe Digital Editions)

 

EBL

Read online or download for 1- 3 days in either PDF or ePUB format. At the end of the 1-3 days the file will be deleted. Downloading the ebook requires Adobe Digital Editions. It is not possible to download Adobe Digital Editions using lab PCs, however you can download this to your own laptop or PC. Can be downloaded to iphone or ipad via Bluefire Reader app.

You can print up to 20% of any book.

Limited number of user accesses per year, e.g. 325 or 400.

You can vary the font size

There is a facility to Read aloud (listen to the book being read)

Example: Peter Aggleton, Promoting health and wellbeing through schools 

 

Ebscohost

You can print or download up to 100 pages.

Sometimes limited number of user accesses per year, e.g. 325 or 400.

Example: Pamela Stitzlein Davies & Yvonne D'Arcy, Compact clinical guide to cancer pain management: an evidence-based approach for nurses

 

MyiLibrary

You can read the whole book online

You can print a limited number of pages. It varies with each book.

You can download 10% of the book. The file will download as a pdf and you will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to save, read and print the file.

You can vary the size of the font whilst reading the ebook and search the content of the ebook by keyword. If you create an account in MyiLibrary you are then able to make notes and save those notes whilst reading the book.

Usually only 3 simultaneous user access.

Example:  David Mottram, Drugs in sport

 

Open Book Publishers

Cannot print or download these books.

Unlimited user access.

Example: Jules Michelet, On history

 

Oxford Scholarship Online (also University Presses Scholarship Online)

Unlimited printing permitted.

You can save chapters as PDFs.

Unlimited user access.

Examples: Deborah Hellman and Sophia Moreau, Philosophical foundations of discrimination law and  David Bandurski and Martin Hal, Investigative journalism in China:  eight cases in Chinese watchdog journalism

 

Palgrave

Unlimited printing permitted.

Can save whole book or chapters as PDFs. Can also download to Kindle.

Unlimited user access.

Example: Bruce Buchan, An intellectual history of political corruption

 

Sage

Unlimited printing permitted.

Can download chapter by chapter as PDFs.

Unlimited user access.

Example: Marilyn J. Coleman, The social history of the American family

 

Science Direct

Unlimited printing permitted.

You can download chapter by chapter.

Unlimited user access.

You cannot make notes or annotations

Example: Zoltan A. Nagy, A history of modern immunology

 

Springer

Unlimited printing permitted.

You can download chapter by chapter as PDFs.

Unlimited user access.

Example: Ross Beveridge, A politics of inevitability

 

VLeBooks

You can print up to 10% of any book, but only if you choose to read the book online. You cannot print if you have downloaded the book.

You can download for 1-4 days. If you download the ebook you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions to read the book. It is not possible to download Adobe Digital Editions using lab PCs, however you can download this to your own laptop or PC.

User access varies; may be limited to 3, 5 or 10 simultaneous users or may be unlimited.

Example: Stephen A. Smith, The Oxford handbook of the history of communism

 

Wiley

Unlimited printing permitted.

You can save chapters as PDFs.

Unlimited user access.

Example: Kurt A. Raaflaub, Thinking, recording, and writing history in the ancient world

 

Can I download to a Kindle or other ebook reader?

The ebooks that the library purchases are designed to be read on the University network rather than on ebook readers. Some publishers provide their ebooks in PDF format which you might be able to save and then transfer to your ebook reader. See the Kindle help page or the Sony Support for Reader page for more information.

 

Free ebooks

There are a growing number of web sites that provide access to ebooks. These web sites tend to contain older books which are now out of copyright. You can find more information from the library web pages.

 

Last update Aug 2016