The Library Resources are not on Holidays!

Christmas and holiday season is approaching and with that also some closed days at the Library. We know that many of you are working hard with your home exams and other assignments during this time

Please keep in mind that you can access most of our resources electronically even if the Library is closed.

Examples of what you can do from home through the library’s website

In order to use all of the library services when you are outside campus, eg at home, it’s important that you always start from the library website, thus you get the “right way in” to all our resources and material. 

To access some resources, such as databases, articles and e-books, you need to log in with your S-number (the same as to Ping Pong) to verify that you are our student and have the right to access the resources. 

If you are using Google Scholar, you can also customize so that you can access the Library full texts that way (go to settings  and choose library links and add Borås University).

You can of course e-mail us even if we are closed –  we will respond to you as soon as we are back. Our opening hours for Christmas and New Year are available on our web.

Take care of yourself and do not forget to rest a little during your Holidays!

Text: Christel Olsson, updated by Klaz Arvidson
Picture: Pixabay

Want to read an e-book?

The library nowdays have many more e-books online than we have physical books in our library building. The suppliers of e-books are many and all work in different ways, but to download an e-book you need about the same program / account for all of them.

To download an e-book to your tablet or computer, you need an Adobe ID. This is because the company Adobe are supplying DRM for the e-book providers.

Then you need an e-book reader on your plate. We think the app Blufire reader works fine for our e-books in most cases, and therefore recommend it, but there are several different readers to choose from. Choose one you like and are used to.

Download for Android and Apple products.

If you want to read an e-book on your computer, you need Adobe Digital Editions to open the books on your computer.

Now you’re ready to borrow, and our e-book suppliers are as previously mentioned many. To search for them in our different systems you identify yourself with your usual login details. Easiest is to start in with title or author in Summon but can you see on the image below that there is an shortcut directly to our e-books:summon_ebok_eng

Once you find the book you want to read, you click through to the book usually via a link:
länkserver_e-bokHere is an example from Dawsonera, where you choose to read online or download:

dawsonera_blogg

If you choose to download the book, you’ll get information about your loan and the loan periods that applies. In this case Dawsonera, you choose how long you want to borrow the book for up to 21 days. We also get questions whether it is possible to download an e-book and then print it. It is not because of the DRM that the books are provided with, but most providers will allow you to print a few pages or a chapter from the book.

Want to know more? Just check out our website.

Text & Picture: Lisa Carlson

 

Ebrarys makeover

One of our e-book providers Ebrary has updated its interface, it has become considerably easier to navigate. On our website, we describe the site as follows: “Ebrary contains approximately 40.000 books within most subject categories, such as technology, science, the arts, health and medicine, social sciences, computers and information technology.”

You can reach the books by searching the library’s Summon on our website or on our page for E-books. You will have to log in if you are outside of the University network with your regular log in details. If you don’t know what you are looking for you can use the Ebrary site to search for titles or subjects and additionally browse subjects in areas like Computer, Education, Medicine, Technology, Economics and History just to name a few.

Once you find the book you are looking for, it looks like the image below. You choose between reading the book online (requires connection to the Internet) or download it to your computer / tablet / smartphone. To download the book, you need to create an account. Once you do, you can download the book, underline in it, take notes, choose refrerence management system as default and save the book on your bookshelf in Ebrary. To read the book, you need an Adobe ID and an e-book reader to suit the device you’ll read (Read more in this blog post about the readers / apps we recommend).

Ebrary

 

In Ebrary it’s also clear how many pages you can print off the books and how many you can copy.

 

Ebrary_no_download

 

 

Some books from Ebrary does not allow downloading. But this is very clear when you have found the title you want to read.

 

 

Ebrary_refereraYou can easily refer correctly from Ebrary. You press the button Cite Book (seen above on the first picture). Then you can select the style, in my example I chose Harvard. Then you can simply copy the reference into the documented your’e working on. Or you can choose to export to Flow / RefWorks or Endnote / Citavi. Endnote is freely available to students at the University of Borås, and are installed on all our computers, but you can also get it to your own computer. Flow is a new free reference management system for you as a student at the University of Borås by the same company, ProQuest, that supplies our search system Summon, Flow works best with ProQuests own databases and services so we recommend Endnote since it is compatible with most of our resources.

Hope you enjoy Ebrarys new interface as much as we do. Please contact us if you have questions at biblioteket@hb.se

Text and Picture: Lisa Carlson

Want to read an e-book?

The library nowdays have many more e-books online than we have physical books in our library building. The suppliers of e-books are many and all work in different ways, but to download an e-book you need about the same program / account for all of them.

To download an e-book to your tablet or computer, you need an Adobe ID. This is because the company Adobe are supplying DRM for the e-book providers.

Then you need an e-book reader on your plate. We think the app Blufire reader works fine for our e-books in most cases, and therefore recommend it, but there are several different readers to choose from. Choose one you like and are used to.

Download for Android and Apple products.

If you want to read an e-book on your computer, you need Adobe Digital Editions to open the books on your computer.

Now you’re ready to borrow, and our e-book suppliers are as previously mentioned many. To search for them in our different systems you identify yourself with your usual login details. Easiest is to start in with title or author in Summon but can you see on the image below that there is an shortcut directly to our e-books:summon_ebok_eng

Once you find the book you want to read, you click through to the book usually via a link:
länkserver_e-bokHere is an example from Dawsonera, where you choose to read online or download:

dawsonera_blogg

If you choose to download the book, you’ll get information about your loan and the loan periods that applies. In this case Dawsonera, you choose how long you want to borrow the book for up to 21 days. We also get questions whether it is possible to download an e-book and then print it. It is not because of the DRM that the books are provided with, but most providers will allow you to print a few pages or a chapter from the book.

Want to know more? Just check out our website.

Text & Picture: Lisa Carlson

 

DOAB – books openly available

A couple of days ago Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) was launched. It is a complement to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) web site. DOAB is a service to the research community, and others, to collect scientific books published under open access license and make the accessible in one and the same place. DOAB is searchable and there are links to the fulltext books either via the publisher or a institutional repository where a researcher has deposited the book.

The aim of DOAB is to make open access books visible and create a valuable resource for researchers, libraries and others who are interested in reading scientific books. At the moment there are about 20 publishers and about 750 open access books available. More are waiting to be made available through the site. Their goal is to increase the number of available books in the coming months. DOAB is open for publishers who publish peer-reviewed open access books.

Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa who have been developing DOAB have also been in the group which developed DOAJ.

Bilden är hämtad från doabooks.org

Text: Pieta Eklund