Introducing Scholars Portal E-book Platform
Have you had students trying to access the limited number of print books required for your courses? What about the time you wanted to read a chapter and the print book had been checked out? That is all set to change with the launch of the new Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) E-Book platform, containing over 40,000 books from commercial publishers. It includes material from Springer, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, and many more! In addition, there are 200,000 books from the Internet Archives, which assembles material digitized by a number of schools as well as a collection of Ontario government documents identified by the Ontario Digitization Initiative.
The new Scholars Portal (SP) E-Books search/browse interface provides:
- 24x7 & simultaneous access to e-books
- faceted browsing
- links to related books and journal articles from within your results
- a variety of fulfillment options including Racer, WorldCat and Amazon
The E-Books platform also has a new web reader with the following functions:
- full text search of the document
- PDF creation from a portion of the text
- copy, paste and print capabilities
- book covers & grid view for page navigation
- downloading full text for out-of-copyright material
Over the next couple of months, Scholars Portal will be continuing to add content and working on a French language interface, as well as conducting an accessibility review and running usability testing to enhance the interface/reader. Undergraduate and graduate students at York have commented on the clean interface, the ability to cite e-books using tools like RefWorks and/or Endnote as well as the ability to view these books on mobile devices. Some other features include a permanent link for every book so that the URL can be directly added to your course/Moodle page. This provides seamless access to the e-book after Passport York authentication. Other value-added features available from this platform can be viewed from this chart.
York University students and faculty have access to other academic e-books from content providers like
- APA Psycbooks
- CogNet (Cognitive & Brain Sciences)
- Safari (Computer Science)
- Synthesis (Engineering)
The complete list for the sciences can be viewed from this link.
We also have many e-books for students pursuing degrees in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Some of them include:
Other e-book packages are listed on this page.
Most of the e-books can be found using the library catalogue; however, you may need to search specific e-book platforms for most recent additions.
We would appreciate your feedback on the use of e-books in teaching and research. If you would like the Libraries to check the availability of specific e-books, please send an e-mail to Ilo Katryn-Maimets, Acting AUL (Collections) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other comments about Scholars Portal E-books, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
— Rajiv Nariani, Science Librarian, Steacie Science and Engineering Library