Tagged: humanities

New eBook Collections

Atkins Library recently negotiated contracts to acquire large e-book collections from major university presses.

Project Muse LogoUPCC/Project Muse eBook Collection
Newly published e-books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ultimately 2,290 new e-books from 2013 will be released and available on Project Muse over the year as well as retrospective Project Muse e-book collections (about 23,000 e-books). Click on BROWSE and then the Books tab and select ‘Only content I have full access to’ on the left. Books will be searchable in the library’s catalog when records are available.

View the complete list of publishers represented in the collection.

Harvard University Press
Collection of all books published 2011-2013 in e-book format. We will no longer receive HUP print titles automatically, but will purchase them selectively as requested by library users. Titles are downloadable and there are no simultaneous user restrictions.

Oxford Scholarship Online
Collection of more than 2,400 titles published in 2013 from Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and other leading university pressesOxford Scholarship provides access to thousands of academic monographs, in 20 subject areas across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law. Limit your search results to “Full Text” to view accessible titles.

Other eBook Collections
The library recently acquired e-book collections relevant to the STEM disciplines, including titles from Elsevier (via ScienceDirect), MIT Press (via IEEE) and SPIE Digital Library.

What does this mean for you as faculty?

  • These books can be viewed online and are compatible with most browsers.  They can also be downloaded to personal e-readers, such as Kindles and iPads.*
  • There are no simultaneous user restrictions on these titles which means multiple people can be reading and downloading these books at the same time.
  • Whereas sometimes you may have had to wait for already checked out and requested books, you will now have immediate access to the full text of these publications online.
  • If we have purchased a title that you use in your class(es), you and your students will all have full text access to these titles online.
  • Project Muse book chapters have a unique URL that you can share with your students but you will need to add the ezproxy (https://librarylink.uncc.edu/login?url=) to the front of the link to make them accessible from off-campus.
  • Over time you will be able to search for and link to most of the e-book titles in the library catalog (just like the print books).
  • Books that we are now purchasing in e-book format will no longer automatically ship to us in print on our approval plan; this does not apply to books by UNCC faculty.  If you want the library to also purchase the print version of particular books, you will need to submit your request(s) to either your library representative or subject librarian.
  • Fear not – there are no plans to remove the print books on the shelves!

Academic library e-book holdings have been on the rise over the last decade and this trend will continue to grow.  These collections are more affordable for libraries (freeing funds for additional electronic resources) and they provide greater access to our collection.

graph of ebooks stats in academic libraries

eBooks held at end of FY from Academic Library Statistics

In the next year, 20% of new book acquisitions at Atkins Library will be in e-book format.  If you have questions about how the e-books work and how to integrate them into your classes, please contact your subject librarian.

* The University of South Alabama University Library has created a useful guide to Using University Library Ebooks with Ereaders. Click on the tabs at the top to find instructions for the different types of e-readers.