Information Services

E-book Collections A to L

The main e-book collections, titles begin with A to L, to which the Library provides access.

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Over 280 medical e-books from a variety of publishers including  BMJ, Churchill Livingstone, SAGE, Taylor & Francis and Wiley-Blackwell.
Note: One concurrent user per e-book.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Over 250 engineering reference sources; 5,000 interactive graphs and downloadable tables and charts; personalization tools; instructional videos. Includes Perry's Chemical Engineers Handbook, Marks Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. Apabi e-books can be read online via a web browser or with Apabi Reader. To download Apabi Reader follow the link above and select the right version for your operating system. For on campus access, Apabi Reader is available on all open-access lab PCs. From the program list, click on "Apabi Reader", and then choose Apabi Reader to open the program.
Description: This full text database contains about 5,000 Chinese e-books, 73 titles (200 volumes) of yearbooks and the online version of the People's Daily newspaper from 2013. For the archives of this newspaper, please see database entry for People's Daily.bjects including language, literature, history, religion, and traditional Chinese medicine. There are about 5,000 Chinese e-books and 200 current yearbooks by region or subject.

 

Access Information: Access requires use of library link as listed on password page as well as the username and password.
Description: E-books in archaeology. Around 10-15 new books are added each month. Subscribed e-books will be listed on DiscoverEd. Open access e-books are also available.
Further information: Archaeopress Title list - January 2015

 

 

Blackwell Reference Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The collections in Philosophy and Religion are available.

 

Bloomsbury E-book Collections

Access Information: Access on or off campus.
Description: Bloomsbury eBook Collections delivers instant access to Bloomsbury’s research publications with unlimited user access and the facility to download and print chapter PDFs without DRM restriction. Collections available include: Anthropology,  Biblical Studies, Christian Doctrines, Christology, Education, International Critical Commentary, Law (Hart Publishing), Political Theory and Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Religious Studies and Second Language Acquisition.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. Individual titles are available via DiscoverEd.
Description:

Via the first link, 325 e-books in the following subject areas; Animal Production and Husbandry collection; Human Health and Nutrition collection, Veterinary Medicine collection.  Copyright year varies from 2000-2016.  A userguide which lists the DRM restrictions can be found here

Via the second link, Subject areas include;  Agriculture, Animal and Vet Science,  Food and Environmental Sciences and Public Health. Most of these books have copyright year 2000-2004.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. Individual titles are also available via the Library catalogue.
Description: This collection provides access to over 29,000 Cambridge University Press e-books across all disciplines. Each title is listed in DiscoverEd and further titles will be added to the collection on a monthly basis.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Cross search the complete collection of Cambridge Companions. Full text is available for all publications. The Collections comprises the Companions to Literature and the Classics, the Companions to Music and the Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A unique historical reference compendium which provides access to the full text of the Cambridge Histories series. Contains over 300 volumes.
  Subjects covered include American, British and Economic history, Language and Linguistics, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Music and Political Social theory.
  Books can be browsed by, title, chapter or author or search across volumes.
Note: Access is to all titles published to 2014

 

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: The Casalini full text platform (Torrossa) provides access to a selection of 1,902 scholarly e-books from Italian and Spanish academic publishers since 2000 for University of Edinburgh users. The collection consists of 1,188 titles on Italian studies and Italian literature and 714 titles on Spanish studies. The books are in Italian or Spanish and can be either downloaded or viewed online in PDF format (it is necessary to disable pop-up blocks on your web browser and also in your Google tool bar if applicable). The e-book collection is fully searchable, including by words in the full text.  There are records for the individual titles in DiscoverEd.

 

Access information: Available on campus and off campus.
Description: This is a digital library of some 710,000 Chinese e-books covering all subjects of learning. The Library has purchased no more than 1,000 e-books from this database. All the titles, whether purchased or not, can be searched and contents displayed. Purchased items can be read in full text in their entirety while other items are available as full text for the first 17 pages.
  We will continue to purchase more items on user recommendation. If you see anything important to you, click on ‘tuijian’ (recommend) and the whole book will be available within a week.  Chinese e-books from this database are not yet listed in DiscoverEd.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus (Choose [IP access] next to The Complete Classics Collection of Ancient China at the top of the page).
Description: The digital edition of the great encyclopedic compendium of the most important classics of China. The original printed copy was completed in 1726, consisting of 6 series and 6109 titles and covering nearly every subject in pre-18th century China such as astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economy, art, education, agriculture, medicine. Contents are displayed in both text and image formats, and are fully searchable in traditional Chinese characters.
  The compendium is the biggest of its kind in the world (only exceeded in scope by another Chinese encyclopedia, the 15th century Yong Le Da Dian most of which had been destroyed during wars). Ideal for quickly looking up most topics relating to pre-18th century China.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: dawsonera is an e-book platform which provides access to academic books from the world's leading publishers, across all disciplines and subjects. The Library has a tailored collection of over 4,600 titles and each title can be accessed via a link from DiscoverEd, or directly via the dawsonera Reader Portal. New titles are can be added to our dawsonera collection in response to academic or student recommendation.
Note:

The copyright restriction for dawsonera varies from publisher to publisher, but is typically 20% for copying, and 10% printing, per user, for the life of each e-book. (N.B. Springer/Elsevier/CUP & several other academic publishers have set the restriction at 5% for both copying and printing.

Books may be downloaded for 1 day to be read offline (except for titles published by Pearson and Wiley E-Textbooks which do not allow any downloads).  This requires Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader.   Links to the software required can be found at the point of downloading an e-book.  If you download an e-book you will not be able to copy or print any part of the text.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Development Bookshelf is a specialist peer-reviewed and evidence-based online book and journal collection for International Development policy, practice and research professionals. The collection reflects the learning of multiple agencies and development professionals across a variety of specialist subject areas.

Note: Green indicators show which content we have access to.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

The database features the entire corpus of Barth's works in German, currently comprising 45 volumes of theological writings, lectures, letters, sermons, and interviews.

As additional print volumes of the Gesamtausgabe become available, they will be added, and also included is Barth's magnum opus, the 14-volume Kirchliche Dogmatik.

During the second phase of the project, the exhaustive German-language content will be supplemented with English translations of Barth's most important works. Alexander Street also will add digitized photographs, audio files, and other archival content.

  

e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection 

Access information:

Access on and off campus

Description:

Access to all titles in humanities and social sciences published by Duke University Press.  Individual titles are added to DiscoverEd - see the list at Duke University Press (3rd tab).  2016, 2017, 2018 published content is purchased and all pre 2016 content is on subscription.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Fully searchable and full text available.
Coverage: 1473-1700.
Userguide: http://proquest.libguides.com/eebo

 

Early European Books Online

Access to the University network via the VPN

Access information: Access on campus.  For off campus access use the VPN service - see above.
Description: Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.
Coverage: Over 30,000 e-books. The University of Edinburgh has access to:Collection 1, Collection 2, Collection 3, Collection 4, Early English Books Online, UK Collection 5: Wellcome Library volumes only, UK Collection 7: Wellcome Library volumes only. Further details can be found at: http://proquest.libguides.com/eeb

 

Ebook Central (formerly EBL)

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Ebook Central is an e-book library service which offers access to titles produced by a wide range of key academic publishers. Offering content across all subject areas, Ebook Central focuses on recent titles. Ebook Central features content from hundreds of major academic publishers worldwide, including Blackwell Publishing, Cambridge Univerisity Press, Elsevier, John Wiley, Springer, Taylor and Francis, many university presses. New titles are can be added to our Ebook Central collection in response to academic or student recommendation.
  The e-books within Ebook Central can be accessed by several users simultaneously. You may copy a percentage of an Ebook Central e-book online. Within the Ebook Central platform, default printing is restricted to 40% of an e-book, and copying 20% - either for online or offline reading (individual e-books may have different policies depending on the publisher). Books may be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to a PC, laptop or PDA for offline use. Download for iPads, iPhones or Android devices is possible via the free Bluefire Reader app. Downloaded  e-books can also be transferred to any portable e-book reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
Note: There is a userguide at http://proquest.libguides.com/ebookcentral/home
Note: Additional help with downloading and printing limits can be found at http://support.proquest.com/apex/homepage?id=kA140000000Gxm9CAC&l=en_US

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: An e-book service which provides access to academic books from the world's leading publishers, across all disciplines and subjects. The Library has a tailored collection of titles available via the Ebsco platform, and each title can be accessed via a link from DiscoverEd or directly via the platform. New titles are can be added to our Ebsco collection in response to academic recommendation.
  Ebsco LibGuide at http://ebsco.libguides.com/ebooks/home and FAQ page at http://support.epnet.com/ebooks/ebook_faqs.php

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century, covering a range of subjects including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science. The full text of the collection is searchable, from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements.
Coverage: 18th Century.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The collection includes over 9,600 e-books covering the following subject areas - Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.

 

Elsevier eLibrary

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A collection of 90+ Elsevier medical textbooks where offline reading is allowed.  This website allows you to create your own bookshelf as well as add your own notes and bookmarks.
Note: To download the e-books, you will need to install Adobe Air and iPublishCentral software.  Instructions and links are available when you first download a book.  Downloads are for 6 days.

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Collection of 60,000 images of original manuscripts and printed material with accompanying thematic essays. The content comes from library and archive collections worldwide, and can used to support teaching and learning. Full details of how to incorporate images into course materials are provided.
Coverage: 1492-1962.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Fordham Scholarship Online is available alongside the Oxford Scholarship Online platform. The launch collection of titles from the Religion collection is available.

 

Access Information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Gunsho Ruiju is a collection of old Japanese books published from the ancient times to early Edo era. Subjects cover history, literature, religion, language, customs, art, music, cultivated arts, education, morality, legal codes, politics, economy, society and many other topics. Many textual sources are only available in this collection. This is an important primary resource for the study of classical Japanese culture.
Coverage: The collection consists of three parts: Gunsho Ruiju, Zoku Gunsho Ruiju, and Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju. The number of volumes for each part is as follows: Gunsho Ruiju: 133 volumes, 1276 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 86 volumes, 2,128 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 17 volumes, 350 digitally compiled books and sources.
Note: Website also offers english translation of some of the content.

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Gutenberg-e is a collection of e-books, covering a range of subjects and which include hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and links to related web sites. Gutenberg-e is a collaborative project between the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A repository of digital content from US research libraries including content digitised via the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitisation initiatives.  Over 5 million e-books in the public domain are freely available.
Note: E-Books are in the public domain are free to read online but may have restrictions on download outwith the USA.

 

Historical Texts

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Historical Texts brings together three historically significant collections into a single database search platform: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century Collection. The UK Medical Heritage Library collection (UKMHL) is also available. For descriptions of and alternative access to EEBO and ECCO, see their separate entries in this Database A-Z list. The British Library 19th Century Collection offers over 65,000 recently digitised editions during 1789-1914, many of which are previously rare and inaccessible titles. The UK Medical Heritage Library collection (1800-1900’s) contains the images and full text of over 66,000 19th century European medical publications. The UKMHL collection is Open Access on a separate platform

Coverage: 1473 to early 1910s

 

Access information: On and off campus
Description: E-book collection from ICE (the Institution of Civil Engineers) covering construction materials, contracts, Eurocodes, ground engineering, management, structures and buildings, waste and wastewater, etc.
  Most titles are available, with "S" in title list indicating access is available.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The collection includes over 400 titles, across a range of subjects, including bioengineering, power & energy, and communication technologies.

 

How to access the University Network via the VPN.

Access information: On-campus access. Access available off campus via VPN.
Description: More than twenty online books published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Coverage: Full-text from 2010 onwards.

 

Access information: Access on campus and off campus.
Description: The Library has purchased 56 Japanese e-books which are accessible on the EBSCOhost e-Book Collection platform. The current selected titles focus on Japanese language and grammar. The texts are in PDF format. The collection will grow as we add more Japanese e-books into the database.

 

Access information: Access on campus and off campus.
Description: Knovel platform includes technical reference information and interactive tools for targeted Materials/Property search across engineering disciplines.  Over 3,500 books are available during academic year 2017/18. 

 

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Access to over 12, 000 e-books in the Arab Leaders, Historians and Philosophers Collection, the Modern Arab Renaissance Collection and the Modern Egyptian Collection. Content is in Arabic. Search interface can be switched between English and Arabic, and both include a virtual Arabic keyboard for easy text input.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Literature Online is a very comprehensive, integrated library of thousands of primary literary texts, literary criticism and reference resources. The database provides access to the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama, and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day, and from throughout the English-speaking world. Authors writing in any language who are featured in criticism or reference materials are also indexed. Therefore about 2,000 authors of over 100 different nationalities are covered. Literature Online also contains over 400 full-text scholarly journals from the field of literary and cultural studies, as well as 17 literary dictionaries or encyclopaedias, and important bibliographies like MLA and ABELL. The Video and Audio section provides 880 clips of poets reading their own or other poets' works, as well as fully dramatized audio recordings of Shakespeare's 38 plays.

Userguide http://proquest.libguides.com/lion

 

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: The Digital Loeb Classical Library contains more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek and English texts aiming to be a virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin Literature, epic and lyric poetry, history, travel, philosophy and oratory, medical writers and mathematicians, and the Church Fathers who make particular use of pagan culture. Readers can browse, search, bookmark, annotate and use a Greek keyboard.