Links to ebooks from iDiscover

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A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:

From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):

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You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):

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To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):

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This is a temporary issue with the way that some of our ebooks are displayed and accessed and it will be resolved…

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Schlegel, Open Access and ISBNs galore

Front cover of 749:32.c.201.31

Front cover of 749:32.c.201.31

Ten years ago receiving material under legal deposit was a fairly clear-cut matter.  Where the publisher had a choice, the only vagary was whether we would receive a paperback or a hardback.  However, from April 2013 British publishers have had the choice of depositing print or electronic versions of their texts, so monitoring new titles is not so straightforward.  When I was asked recently whether we would receive a print copy of the latest publication by Professor Roger Paulin, Emeritus Schroeder Professor of German, The life of August Wilhelm Schlegel, I couldn’t give an immediate answer.

In fact the publisher of this title, Open Book Publishers, based here in Cambridge, promotes open access for full academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences, and therefore deposits electronically.  Continue reading

Getting hold of the books

The way we used to order

How we used to order in pre-computer days

Many of our readers, familiar with the ease of book purchasing over the internet, often with a next-day delivery service, assume that the buying of new titles by the Library is invariably straightforward.  The internet has certainly facilitated the way in which we work. Ordering 20 books on-line usually only takes a few minutes. It is much easier to establish whether a title is still in print, although publishers’ and vendors’ websites are often not completely up to date in the detail they provide.  The websites of many suppliers enable us to track our requests, seeing the dates on which they order, acquire and dispatch a book.  Sites such as Abebooks and Chapitre can make the acquisition of many out-of-print items far easier.

It shouldn’t be assumed, however, that the Library can always replicate the experience of the private individual, particularly in terms of e-books.  Continue reading

Librarie Droz databases trial

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Trial access is now available for one month from today 12 January to 10 February 2016 to three online collections of texts in the humanities from the publisher Librarie Droz (Click on the title to link to the database):-

Calvin Database

This collection comprises all the texts of works by John Calvin published by the Librairie Droz between 1960 and 2012.

Humanisme et Renaissance

Founded in 1950 by Eugénie Droz, the collection Humanisme et Renaissance includes more than 550 titles. It has grown to become the most important collection in the world of sources and studies on Humanism (Poliziano, Ficino, Erasmus, Bude …), the French Reformation (Lefevre d’ Etaple, Calvin, Farel, Beza …), and the Renaissance (Hieronymus Bosch, Rabelais, Ronsard, Primatice …). It also covers medicine, science, philosophy, the history of the book and all forms of knowledge and human activity in the sixteenth century, from c. 1450 to the…

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Ebooks in French

Textures : processus et événements dans la création poétique moderne et contemporaine

Textures : processus et événements dans la création poétique moderne et contemporaine

Two PhD students at Trinity College have just published a book which has arrived at the University Library. Jeff Barda and Daniel A. Finch-Race edited the volume Textures : processus et événements dans la création poétique moderne et contemporaine (736:47.c.201.102, and at the MML library at classmark F5A.G.10), which presents papers from the 17th French Graduate Research Seminar held at Trinity in May 2014. Published by Peter Lang, this is the 120th volume in the series ‘Modern French Identities’, of which the University Library holds 99.

This is patently an important book for us to have in the Library, both because of its subject and its Cambridge connections. It was not a difficult decision to purchase the book. However, it is increasingly becoming a difficult decision about how to purchase books. Continue reading