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E-books: starter session

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Published on July 15, 2008

Author: LouiseCole

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Training presentation developed and delivered on University of Leeds Information Literacy programme, 2006-7
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Electronic Books Leeds University Library Information Literacy Programme 2006-2007

Purpose of this session To introduce electronic books To demonstrate how to locate electronic books using the Library webpages and Catalogue To look at examples of electronic book services To look at downloading, printing and saving material from electronic books

To introduce electronic books

To demonstrate how to locate electronic books using the Library webpages and Catalogue

To look at examples of electronic book services

To look at downloading, printing and saving material from electronic books

Back to basics: what is an e-book? An e-book is an electronic (online) version of a book. 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. (Source: WordIQ.com and Whatis.com )

An e-book is an electronic (online) version of a book.

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.

(Source: WordIQ.com and Whatis.com )

Types of e-book Freely available Purchased as individual titles (especially high demand books) Purchased as part of database Companion sites Encyclopaedias and other reference works

Freely available

Purchased as individual titles (especially high demand books)

Purchased as part of database

Companion sites

Encyclopaedias and other reference works

e-Books – what’s different? Searchable for particular word or phrase In some services, can be highlighted and/or annotated Cross-searching Extra features - updated editions, revised chapters, etc. Still has contents page /indexes

Searchable for particular word or phrase

In some services, can be highlighted and/or annotated

Cross-searching

Extra features - updated editions, revised chapters, etc.

Still has contents page /indexes

Statistics @ Leeds Book titles: 200,000 Book providers: 100 Freely available collections including Bartleby, Project Gutenberg Companion websites and networked PDF where available High demand textbooks and reference works

Book titles: 200,000

Book providers: 100

Freely available collections including Bartleby, Project Gutenberg

Companion websites and networked PDF where available

High demand textbooks and reference works

E-book services

Finding e-books 1. The Library webpages 2. The Library Catalogue

1. The Library webpages

2. The Library Catalogue

Finding e-books 1: the Library webpages Start from Library homepage ( http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library ) Click on Index then find E-books List of packages currently available – not all are catalogued so you will need to browse within the various services

Start from Library homepage ( http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library )

Click on Index then find E-books

List of packages currently available – not all are catalogued so you will need to browse within the various services

Finding e-books 1: The Library webpages, E-books A-Z Search options for the Library Catalogue A-Z listing of services

Finding e-books 2: the Library Catalogue Make sure you have chosen the ‘electronic resources’ scope in the pull down menu Use title, author, or keyword search to find the book you need In the Catalogue record, click on the link “view this book online”

Make sure you have chosen the ‘electronic resources’ scope in the pull down menu

Use title, author, or keyword search to find the book you need

In the Catalogue record, click on the link “view this book online”

Finding e-books 2: The Library Catalogue, resource (provider) search Search by provider name

Finding e-books: example of a resource record Link to resource Resource description Availability

Advantages of using e-books They can be searched to find a particular word or reference Can be accessed when a hard copy is not in stock or out on loan Can be accessed from anywhere, at any time to suit you

They can be searched to find a particular word or reference

Can be accessed when a hard copy is not in stock or out on loan

Can be accessed from anywhere, at any time to suit you

Disadvantages of using e-books Sometimes only one person at a time can read the book (same as the print copy) Down- time of the resource Sometimes obtrusive sponsorship and advertising on screen

Sometimes only one person at a time can read the book (same as the print copy)

Down- time of the resource

Sometimes obtrusive sponsorship and advertising on screen

Downloading and printing Downloading options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be saved terminology might vary, usually PDF, HTML or plain text often uses external reader software such as Adobe Acrobat Printing options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be printed convenience value of a printout for reading some services may not allow printing at high quality

Downloading

options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be saved

terminology might vary, usually PDF, HTML or plain text

often uses external reader software such as Adobe Acrobat

Printing

options range; may also be restricted on amount that can be printed

convenience value of a printout for reading

some services may not allow printing at high quality

Example of a PDF book extract (from Applied Science Monographs)

New developments: Turning the Pages Original ms. for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

New developments: Wikis Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia

New developments: Blogs University of Leeds teaching and learning blog

New developments: Google Book Search Access to scanned extracts of books

New developments: Amazon Search Inside the Book Keyword search to return book extracts

Reference Works The University Library has made the OED, the DNB, Who’s Who, and Encyclopaedia Britannica available online; plus Oxford Reference books

The University Library has made the OED, the DNB, Who’s Who, and Encyclopaedia Britannica available online; plus Oxford Reference books

The future? GAM3R 7H3ORY The book as computer game for the next generation; a work in progress with chapters, conversations, feedback and discussions.

The book as computer game for the next generation; a work in progress with chapters, conversations, feedback and discussions.

What next? Explore the Library collection of e-books using the workbook provided Take a look at coverage for your own subject area of interest Any further questions - just ask ! Advanced course will run next semester

Explore the Library collection of e-books using the workbook provided

Take a look at coverage for your own subject area of interest

Any further questions - just ask !

Advanced course will run next semester

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