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Now you can download an app for your iPhone or Android device that allows you to search any of the EBSCO databases (e.g. - Business Source Ultimate, PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, etc.). On the opening search page in any of these databases, look for the link to EBSCO iPhone and Android Applications in the teeny tiny font at the bottom of the page. You'll be prompted to enter your email address. Open the email using your mobile device and download the appropriate app. It's a snap! More...
What are preferred searches?Preferred searches allow you to store a search in your library record. This can be useful in several ways:
Want to find out if you like using an ebook reader? The Library has several available for a week long loan. We've just added a new reader, the Kobo Vox, to the collection of circulating eReaders. Along with the Vox, we have the Kobo Touch, the Amazon Kindle, and the Barnes and Noble Nook Color.
The Kobo Touch, Kindle and Sony are dedicated eReaders that use the e-Ink technology. The Kobo Vox and Nook are both in color and are more like tablets allowing you to surf the web and download apps. To find more information about all the different tablets and e-readers on the market you can take a look at Consumer Reports review of Tablets and e-Book Readers in its September 2011 issue. Burnaby Public Library also has information on their website on choosing an e-book reader and West Vancouver Memorial Library has an eBook Wiki.
All these devices, except for the Kindle, will allow you to download and borrow books and audiobooks from the public library. All BC libraries have access to British Columbia's "Library to Go". You will only be able to borrow a book or audio book using the library card from the public library where you live. Many of the public libraries have clinics and guides on how to help you, like this one from the Coquitlam Public Library on downloading audiobooks & e-books.
This is something we've been asked about frequently in the past few months. Faculty at Douglas College find ebooks in the catalogues of SFU and UBC libraries, want to "borrow" them, and are told that they are unable to do so, even though they can borrow "real" books from both institutions using their Douglas College faculty cards or through inter-library loan. Here's the catch.
Unlike public libraries that purchase ebook titles individually to add to their collection, most academic libraries subscribe to ebook services, much in the way we provide access to journal articles through subscription services such as the EBSCO and ProQuest databases. The agreements we have with the vendors of these services restricts us from allowing anyone other than members of the Douglas College community from accessing these services from off campus locations. We don't actually own our ebooks, just as we don't own the journals whose articles are available in full text through our databases.
The same is true in most other academic libraries. In many cases, though, it is possible to view these ebooks if you are willing to go to the home institution and use the resource on that campus. It's best to call ahead or have us call for you before you head out.
Do your students need help with their research? Now you can add a widget to your Blackboard course that will allow them to chat with a librarian seven days a week. You'll see an example of the AskAway widget to the right of this page. It's simple to do:
In a Blackboard 8 course, create an HTML file from the Home Page.
Enter the title "Ask a Librarian". Copy and paste this code into the "Content" field:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<body style="margin: 30px">
Check "Use HTML". Enter "AskAway" in the filename field. Now save the file. You might want to test the widget in the Student View by clicking on "Ask a Librarian" in Student View before logging out.
DID YOU KNOW?
Douglas College students are among the biggest users of the AskAway service in the province, behind only SFU and UBC.
Like texting? Now you can text your questions to Douglas College Librarians. Simply send your text to 604-227-3620 anytime during library hours.
Text a Librarian is great for simple, quick questions of up to 136 characters that can be answered in the same number of characters. Research questions requiring lengthy or detailed responses should be directed to the other options listed on the Ask a Librarian page such as chat or phone.
As of today (June 22, 2011), the Douglas College Library Catalogue contains records for 7,373 ebooks through the Coutts Patron Select Plan. Titles will only be purchased individually when at least two users, or "patrons", view an ebook through the Catalogue.
To find these ebooks, do a search in the Library Catalogue for "Coutts Patron Select Plan". Click on "view electronic resource" in any of the ebook records to view more detail about the ebook, including the table of contents.
Only when you click on the book title on this summary page or click on the "open now" link on the summary page are you causing a potential purchase of the ebook, so feel free to view the summary pages but please don't indiscriminately open ebook content. However, if you really feel an ebook is worth keeping in the collection, then by all means open the book to register your selection. When two patrons have opened the ebook content, its ours!
We will be receiving more patron selection ebook records in the coming months, updates probably occurring at least once a month.
NOTE: It's important to note that Coutts ebooks are not the kind that you might buy from Chapter Indigo or Amazon, that are sized for ebook readers and other handheld devices. Coutts ebooks require a web browser and assume a workstation-sized display screen.