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E-Books

The University Libary has purchased a number of electronic books (e-books), including reference collections from Sage, Elsevier, Gale, OUP, and has access to e-books via EEBO (Early English Books Online) ; ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) ; Literature Online, as well as online access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Details of, and links to, individual titles can be found on Library Catalogue Plus or by accessing the associated web platforms.

Finding e-booksFinding e-books using Library Catalogue Plus (Video)

Benefits of e-books

Since e-books do not get borrowed in the same way as print books, they are always available 24/7, 365 days of the year for you to use.  No more hunting for them in the Library or recalling them from other people.  Plus, they do not count against your borrowing quota.  And the best bit?  There’s no fines! 

E-book platforms

The Library subscribes to two principal electronic textbook platforms.

Information about using dawsonera electronic books:

  • To access these books, you will need your ATHENS username and password.
  • It is recommended that dawsonera e-books are read online, particularly if you are using a public workstation.
  • dawsonera e-books can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please note that downloads will expire after 24 hours.
  • You can only print, copy & paste and make notes when  reading online.
  • It is not possible to edit or print from downloaded e-books, but you can highlight text.

Things to note about browsers when using the dawsonera platform

  • Firefox Version 3, Google Chrome and Safari can be used to view online.
  • Feedback to the Library indicates that Internet Explorer can prove problematic when viewing e-books from this provider
  • If using Mac OS, dawsonera supports the Safari browser.
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch users will need the free Bluefire Reader app to download e-books.

Please note: There are restrictions on the amount you are allowed to copy/paste and print from each book. Once these limits are reached, you will not be able to print/copy any further text.

Limits for Printing = 5% Limits for Copy/Paste = 5%

For a further help on using the e-books, see the dawsonera site.

Information about using EBL electronic books :

  • Feedback to the Library indicates that Internet Explorer can prove problematic when viewing e-books from this provider, it is advised that Firefox or Google Chrome be used as alternatives.
  • To access these books, you will need your ATHENS username and password.
  • You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader software (at least version 6.0.2) to view these e-books online, and Adobe Digital Editions to download them.
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch users will need the free Bluefire Reader app to download e-books from EBL
  • You can browse a book online for 10 minutes. After this time, you will be asked whether you wish to continue reading the book. You can read the e-book online or download it.
  • It is recommended that if you are using a public computer, you select to read the book online.
  • If you are using, a personal computer you will be able to download the book and it will be saved to your 'My Digital Editions' folder for the period of the loan (usually up to 5 days).
  • To print or copy from e-books you need to read them online, this functionality is not available with downloaded e-books.

Please note: There are restrictions on the amount you are allowed to copy/paste and print from each book. Once these limits are reached, you will not be able to print/copy any further text.

Limits for Printing = 20% Limits for Copy/Paste = 5%

For a detailed guide on using the e-books, see the EBL site.

Information about using VLeBooks electronic books :

  • Feedback to the Library indicates that Internet Explorer can prove problematic when viewing e-books from this provider, it is advised that Firefox or Google Chrome be used as alternatives.

  • To access these books, you will need your ATHENS username and password.

  • You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader software (at least version 6.0.2) to view these e-books online, and Adobe Digital Editions to download them.

  • Android and iOS users will need the free VLeBooks eBook Reader app to download e-books, further information is available here

  • It is recommended that if you are using a public computer, you select to read the book online.

  • If you are using, a personal computer you will be able to download the book and it will be saved to your 'My Digital Editions' folder for the period of the loan

  • To print or copy from e-books you need to read them online, this functionality is not available with downloaded e-books.

  • Some e-books have restrictions on the number of users that can access them at any one time

  • A limited number of VLeBooks can only be read online and are not available to download

    Please note: There are restrictions on the amount you are allowed to copy/paste and print from each book. Once these limits are reached, you will not be able to print/copy any further text.

    Limits for Printing = 20% Limits for Copy/Paste = 5%

    For a detailed guide on using the e-books, see the VLeBook site.

 

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