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1 WISER Science E-books for Life Sciences & Medicine Juliet Ralph and C ésar Pimenta May 2007

2 What do we mean by e-books? Online versions of books which are also available in print, with full-text access via a networked pc E-journals are well established in Science & Medicine, but e-books still an emerging market Oxford starting to dip its toe in the water

3 Freely available e-books Many older (out-of-copyright) books can be accessed on the internet Including Oxford University’s partnership with Google to digitise the Bodleian Library’s 19 th century books But not so useful for current students and researchers in science!

4 Pros for the user 1.24/7 x Remote access (usually via Athens) 3.Multi-user access 4.Full text searching 5.Create your own booklists & bookmarks 6.Add notes & highlight text 7.Shared access 8.Links to dictionaries & encyclopedias

5 Pros for libraries Space saving “Extra” copies available Staff time No processing new books No re-shelving No lost books No wear and tear No binding or replacement costs

6 Issues - technical Accessibility for visually impaired readers Plagiarism –Avoidable by “Automatic citation” Findability & linking to OPAC Plug-ins Multiple providers and platforms

7 Issues - cultural Attitudes –Vary from one subject to another Availability of titles Textbooks – not many available Costs and purchasing models –Bundle or cherry pick –Hire vs Buy –Single or multi user licence Promotion & awareness Critical mass needed to generate interest

8 JISC e-books project Demand for core reading by taught course students in HE is not being met Publishers nervous at possible loss of revenue from print sales Concerns among libraries & publsihers over licensing & pricing models 4 subjects under evaluation inc Medicine

9 E-books as reference tools Usage stats show Average session is about 15 mins Average user time in any one title about 8-10 mins How would you use them?

10 Forthcoming trials by OULS Four of the major aggregators to run 1 month trials here during 2007: NetLibraryEbraryMyiLibrary EBL (E-Book Library) Let us know what you think! Contact the OULS E-books group:

11 E-books at Oxford 335,600 + titles already available! Mostly in humanities Primary texts –Original sources –Useful for History of Science & Medicine –Collections such as EEBO & ECCO (see next 2 slides)

12 Early English Books Online (EEBO) 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

13 Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Digital images of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century

14 Secondary texts Collections such as Oxford Scholarship Online Taylor & Francis online Cambridge Companions Online …in the Humanities & Social Sciences

15 Finding e-books at Oxford via Oxlip Under Dictionaries, Encyclopædias and Reference Works Dictionaries, Encyclopædias and Reference WorksDictionaries, Encyclopædias and Reference Works Or Electronic Journals and E-books for links to collections Electronic Journals and E-booksElectronic Journals and E-books Individual titles starting to be listed on the OLIS catalogue, e.g. Taylor& Francis collection EEBO & ECCO titles being added onto OLIS soon

16 What about Life Sciences & Medicine? So far we have bought some reference works –Encyclopedia of Life Sciences –International Encylopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences –Images.MD And identified some freely available textbooks

17 Life Sciences & Medicine Encyclopedia of Life Sciences – Spans the entire spectrum of life sciences International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences – inc. experimental psychology

18 Oxford Reference Online Quick reference collection, including English and bilingual dictionaries English grammar & thesaurus Subject dictionaries, inc. medicine

19 Images.MD Encyclopedia of medical images Over 50,000 medical images from more than 90 collections and 2,000 contributors. Access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine

20 Textbooks Free on the internet are NCBI Bookshelf (hosted by PubMed) Growing collection of biomedical books Many core textbooks on Oxford reading lists NB may not be the latest edition! query.fcgi?db=Books query.fcgi?db=Books

21 Gray’s Anatomy "Anatomy of the Human Body", by Henry Gray 1,247 engravings from the classic 1918 publication subject index with 13,000 entries

22 We are here to help Queries about electronic resources Radcliffe Science Library

23 We welcome feedback You will get an with the online evaluation form in due course. Next WISER Science session: E-books for Physical Sciences, Wed 30 May, to 13.30


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