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This week we have had the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of ebooks to the classes. Here are a few notes to refresh your memory or if you missed the class.

You can access ebooks inside and outside the college through the VLE: learn.hillcroft.ac.uk. Log in then enrol on the LRC eresources page and go to the Eresources book. We have two ebook providers with different sets of ebooks: Dawsonera and ebrary. Follow the links on the page to their websites. You can do this on any electronic device with a internet browser (tablet, smartphone, Kindle Fire). If you are outside college then it will prompt you to log in via ‘Shibboleth’ and then find the college in the list and type in your Hillcroft email and password.

What can I do on Dawsonera?

Download in full (pdf) – most will allow you to do this for a loan period (1-7 days).

Copy or print text/pages – Be selective! You can print between 5-20% of an ebook or copy quotations to paste directly into your assignment.

Add notes to pages online – You can export notes and print them all out with the relevant page numbers automatically added.

What can I do on ebrary?

Download chapters or in full (pdf) for a loan period – with printing and copying enabled.

Copy or print text/pages (with citations).

Highlight, add notes and bookmark (together called ‘Annotations’) online. Saves them for you on ‘Bookshelf’ when you log back in to Ebrary.

Extra benefits!

You only need Adobe Reader (free) as an app to read the downloaded ebook offline. In college you can use Read&Write Gold for its text-to-speech feature. The free app version is called ‘Natural Reader‘ if you want to use the read aloud feature on your own phones and computers.

We will be putting together a detailed guide for you in the near future.

Also the good news is that we will be able to change it so that no purple padlocks will be seen on the Dawsonera site, so you will be able to access and browse our content better.

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Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)We’ve now got our Online Public Access Catalogue available on and offsite.

 

This means you can find:

  • books
  • websites
  • ebooks
  • online reports.

available 24/7.

Plus as a library member you can login to:

  • see your borrowing history
  • renew material you have on loan
  • reserve material
  • send in requests.

If you’re using our ebooks you’ll find the catalogue is an easy gateway to ebooks from both our Dawsonera and ebrary suppliers. You’ll just need to put in your OpenAthens username and password to read them.

Over the Easter break we’ve placed all the ebooks you can use on ebrary into our Heritage library catalogue.

This means that you can use the catalogue as your first port of call to look for ebooks produced by ebrary and Dawsonera.

When you search for an ebook on the library catalogue you then get not only the cover of the ebook but also a link to the actual ebook itself. You will need to use your OpenAthens username and password to use the ebook to make notes, highlight text and print or save material.

Here’s a taster for you:

Neil McNaughton’s Understanding British and  European Political Issues


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