EBSCO Quick Guide

The EBSCO platform contains databases across many subject areas. Each database contains information on research published in selected journals and conferences. Some of the databases contain information related to books. Here are the databases currently available from EBSCO:  

Anthropology Plus, Art & Architecture Complete, ATLA Religion Database, British Education Index, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, Education Abstracts, Educational Administration Abstracts,  ERIC, European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750, GreenFILE, LISTA, MLA International Bibliography with Full Text, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, SPORTDiscus, Teacher Reference Center.  

Sign in to Primo and search for a title. If the book is available from EBSCO, the following steps will apply:

 Click on the title of the book to be taken to the book details page and navigate to the full text using your University username and password.

Once you are in EBSCO, the book will be displayed like so:

You have the options of Reading the book online (PDF Full Text) or Download the item. If you choose reading online, it will display like this:  

If you choose to download, the following messages will be displayed on your screen. Please note that different books may have different downloading options, depending on the Digital Rights Management (DRM) agreements. For a non-DRM book, the steps to download are as follows:  

The image is showing the prompt that will appear to 'Download Ebook.' There are options to do this as a PDF, or as an 'E-PUB' for mobile devices.
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For a book requiring a DRM licence, please note that you will need to set up an EBSCO Personal Account. Advice on how to do so can be found at https://bit.ly/3xl84j0.

To download, select your preferred ‘Download Format’ like so:  

Once the item is downloaded, the site recommends you open it with Adobe Reader. More information can be found at:  

https://bit.ly/3vx8phj 
https://adobe.ly/3vDtDKc

User Features in EBSCO  

Once you have found the book(s) you need in EBSCO, there are a range of options as to how you can use them. This Tools section can be found on the right hand side of the item’s display page as shown:  

If you are reading online, similar icons are displayed across the top of the screen:  

Adding/Saving Items to Folder: EBSCO offers this feature to act as a virtual bookshelf, where you also have options to save, print or email the details, and export them to RefWorks or similar programmes.  

Saving/Emailing References: EBSCO allows both singular and multiple references to be taken from searched material. Detailed instructions and advice on how to do so can be found in the Help section under ‘Emailing’: https://bit.ly/3cPJUFB

Exporting Bibliographic Details to Ref Works-Option to Export on right hand side of screen. Opens links to Ref Works and other providers, and can directly export. For further help, please see our detailed Library Guides.   

Accessibility-The Help section includes an Accessibility Guide covering navigation of the site, the readers (PDF and EPUB), read aloud software and EBSCO’s commitments. It can be found here: https://bit.ly/3vD86RV   

Help and Support-Extensive Help section on website (top right-hand side of screen). Includes user guides, accessibility pages and tutorials.  

Licences-There are three categories here: ‘Unlimited User Access’; ‘Limited Access (3 Users)’, and ‘Limited Access (1 User)’. If the book is unavailable, the site will give various messages along the lines of ‘Item unable to download. Please Read Online’ or ‘Item unavailable for download, please try again later.’  

If you wish to search a specific database on the EBSCO platform, please follow these steps:  

  1. Go to Primo and sign in at the top right of the screen 
  1.  Select the Find Databases tab 
  1. In the new window that appears enter EBSCO in the box called Database Search and click on search 
  1. A list will be created containing the different databases which we currently have access to through the EBSCO platform  
  1. Click on any one of the databases to link out to the EBSCO platform. Primo will open the database’s details page. In the View Online section click on the name of the database e.g. ERIC (EBSCO). Once on EBSCO you can change the particular database you are actually searching in. If off-campus, you may be asked to sign in via your institution. Select University of Aberdeen and sign in with your username and password. 

For more information see our EBSCO worksheet

Lucy Drysdale and Louise Faustino

VLeBooks Quick Guide

Did you know that a small number of e-books are available to us via the VLeBooks platform? These e-books are listed in Primo and require a Shibboleth login. Read on to find out how to access and use books on the VLeBooks platform.

Sign in to Primo and search for a title. If the book is available from VLeBooks, the following steps will apply:

In the book’s record, click on either the title of the book, or the Available Online link. You will be taken to the book’s details page:

In the View Online section click on the blue VLeBooks link. You may be asked to sign in with your University username and password.

Please note: if you didn’t sign in to Primo prior to your search, the following screen may appear:

Do Not Choose the above option. Instead, click on the Shibboleth option and on the next page type “Aberdeen” into the Find your institution box. Select University of Aberdeen. The University’s login screen will appear – log in as normal.

You will then be taken to the book’s details page:

Main options: Read Online & Download (equivalent to borrowing the book.)

If you choose to read online, you will see the below display:

To download: please ensure Adobe Digital Editions has been installed on your device. Instructions can be found at https://www.vlebooks.com/Vleweb/Help/DigitalEditions

The option for this item is to download for 1-3 days. Other items are avaliable for longer to download depending upon licence agreements.

Once the book has been downloaded, you can either choose to open it with ADE, or simply save the item to your desktop and then move it into your ADE Platform. Once it is displayed within ADE, you will be able to read it like an online book within the set time frame.

Additional Features

Help and Advice – Range of information on the “Help”icon on upper toolbar of VleBooks home screen with advice topics relating to downloading and reading a VLEbooks, and accessibility.

Accessibility Settings – ‘Edit Accessibility Settings’ are given throughout the site, above the link to ‘My Bookshelves.’ There are extensive options here to modify the display to suit your needs.

Also, within the book on the upper toolbar, you can change the background colour and choose the Read Aloud option using the icons at the top right hand of the screen. There is further information available from the ‘VLE Books Quick Reference Guide’, which is accessible through the question mark icon.

Adding Books to your Bookshelf  – Add directly from the title page, into named folders if required.

Download Citations – The “Download Citations” function on the book details page will download an RIS File to your device containing the reference details of the item. Please be aware that the RIS File cannot be directly exported to RefWorks or any other reference software from VLE Books. Further information and support in this can be found in our Library guides (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/library-guides-101.php#R)

Louise Faustino and Lucy Drysdale

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers: places still available

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research, with a short series of Information Skills workshops designed to their needs.

The workshops will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of June and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them.

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There are three workshops on offer, each lasting three hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and e-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references
(Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

MAINTENANCE: Wiley Online Library

A scheduled maintenance for Wiley Online Library will take place on Saturday 7 March from 10.00am for up to 3 hours.

Wiley’s Customer Support Team apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

ScienceDirect books are mobile friendly!

sciencedirect_longDo you know that you can download one, selected, or all chapters from a book on ScienceDirect on to your computer or your mobile device? To find out how to do this follow the instructions on Elsevier’s Online Books Connect blog. 

The ScienceDirect site is mobile friendly too, so you can view full text online, or view/download chapters directly from the site via the browser on your mobile device. You can also download any HTML article or book chapter in Mobi (Kindle) or ePub format. This must be done on a computer and the files transferred to any eReader device that supports these file types. Instructions for ScienceDirect ePub and Mobi downloads are available online.

Access ScienceDirect via our electronic resources portal, Primo. Open the Find Databases link at the top of any Primo page and simply type ScienceDirect in the Name box. Use the link provided to navigate to the database.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

ADVISORY: Downloading E-book PDF files from Dawsonera

A problem has been reported when trying to download a PDF file from Dawson. An error message ‘The content failed to load’ may occur.

Reports say that “It is usually traced to a browser / PDF Reader problem. If you are using a browser such as FireFox or Chrome that contains its own integrated PDF reader, the book PDF will appear to download successfully, but if you then try to open it from its tab on the lower LH corner of the browser window (e.g. for Chrome), the file will open with a ‘Failed to load PDF document’.”

A workaround suggested by Jonathan Eaton, Senior Content & Systems Manager (IT) at the Library London Business School is: “Press CTRL + J keys or use the download toolbar button options to “open in folder” (typically for Windows this is C:\Users\\Downloads ) and double-click the PDF which should then open in Adobe Reader.” Alternatively, set your browser options to open PDFs with Adobe Reader, rather than the browser default.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Schools of Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Low cost books offer on SpringerLink MyCopy service

springerlink e-bookBook lovers – you may interested in a great deal we have with SpringerLink. Staff and students can order their own personal printed copy of an e-book for £24.99, including postage and handling. With nearly 14000 Springer titles to choose from you are spoilt for choice!

The SpringerLink MyCopy service offers ‘Print on Demand’ (POD) copies of a selection of e-books:

  • published from 2005 onwards, with less than 832 pages.
  • with an option to order directly from an e-book record.
  • for individual study only.

Each POD book is branded as a MyCopy book and has a cover in colour, and content in black and white. Illustrations that are in colour in the e-book version are monochrome in the corresponding MyCopy book.

Interested? Linking to SpringerLink can’t be simpler.

  • Go to the Library home page and search for springerlink in the Search Our Collections box.
  • Use the link provided in Primo to access the collection.

Springer is one of only a few publishers that permit you to legally download a whole book to your computer or mobile device to keep indefinitely for your own personal educational or research use. Please do not share or send the electronic (or paper) copy with anyone else.

If you cannot read materials in full text when working off campus, look for the Sign up / Log in link on the on SpringerLink website, then select the Institution /Athens Login option. Next, find your institution and Login via Shibboleth using your University computer username and password.

To limit your search to full text books only when browsing the collections make sure you ‘deselect’ the Include Preview-only content. To read a book online, or download a copy to your own computer, click on the title to open the record and select the relevant option to Download Book or download/save/print a PDF file of an individual chapter. You will also see an option to buy a POD copy on a book record.

As you can see our SpringerLink package offers a great deal. We really hope you enjoy this service.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera planned downtime tonight, Thursday 26 June 2014

Dawsonera  have  just notified us of a planned downtime tonight (Thursday 26 June 2014) from 21.00 to 21.30.

The dawsonera service will be unavailable for a short period this evening in order to resolve and restore ePubs to the platform. They apologise for the short notice.

Further updates will follow as we have them. To keep updated with all the latest dawsonera news, follow them on Twitter @dawsonera.

Thank you for your patience.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera service restored

Dawsonera has announced that the majority of the service functionality has been restored and all PDFs are now available. However, ePUBs are currently unavailable for download and online reading. We have been assured that it is their ‘immediate priority now to … provide full functionality as soon as possible’.

Dawsonera thank you for your patience as they work towards resuming this service.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera is currently unavailable

A message received today from Dawson Books:

“Due to an unforeseen technical issue, Dawsonera has been unavailable since 13:40 on Wednesday 18th June and our engineers have been working throughout the night to restore the service. Unfortunately the issue has not yet been resolved.

At this stage we are unable to provide a time scale for when the service will resume, but we assure you that we are working hard to resolve the issue as efficiently as possible. We will provide regular updates as soon as they become available and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to both you and your users.”

We have full access to over 500 ebooks through this provider, and thousands of other titles available for preview.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk