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Trial access to The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online & Human Rights Documents Online
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:34:02 +0000
UCL has trial access to both The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online and Human Rights Documents Online until 21st November 2014. For off-site access to this trial, please use Web WTS or Desktop@UCL Anywhere. The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online: is the online version of the book series : Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International […]Read more...
Trial access to Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:53 +0000
UCL has trial access to Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online until 22nd November 2014. Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online covers the whole range of Old Testament study, including Septuaginta studies, Ugaritic research relevant to the study of the Old Testament, Hebrew studies, studies in ancient Israelite history and society, and studies in the history of the discipline. […]Read more...
UCL Library Services provides you with access to 1000s of electronic books (e-books) which you can access both on- and off-site.
Quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about finding, access and using e-books can be found below and you'll find more detailed information in our e-book guides. If you have any questions about e-books or problems using them then please contact us.
To find e-books that UCL has access to:
- Go to Explore and run your search in All resources
- From the Refine My Results list on the left of your screen, select Online resources and then Books
- Use the View Online or SFX@UCL links to access the content If you are off-site you will be prompted to login on the UCL single sign-on screen before being taken to the e-book.
You can also find a list of all the e-book websites we use on Metalib. Please read the descriptions carefully though as we do not have access to all the content on these websites.
Please contact us using the e-resources problem report form on the right of this webpage and we will investigate and hopefully resolve the problem!
Some e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a certain number of UCL members at the same time. The Safari Books Online website can only used by 8 people at the same time. If 8 people are already accessing the site, you will see a "session unavailable" message.
Once someone leaves the site, a session will become available and you will be able to log in so please try again later. To keep waiting times down, when you have finished using the site please click on "University College London" in the blue bar under the search box and then click "sign out and clear session".
Some e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a certain number of UCL members at the same time.
Some of the e-books we have access to through EBSCOhost can only be accessed by 1 person at a time. If someone is already reading the e-book, you will see the message “Sorry, this Ebook is in use”. Once that person exits the e-book, you will be able to read it so please try again later.
To keep waiting times down, make sure you close your browser window once you have finished reading the e-book.If you are repeatedly unable to access the e-books you want because of these messages, please let your Subject Librarian know.
Some of the e-books on the Dawsonera website only allow access to a limited number of UCL users at the same time.
If you only see the Add to queue button rather than the usual read online and download options, the e-book you are trying to access is already being read by the maximum number of users allowed. You will need to wait until one of those users finishes reading the e-book - you can either check back later or click the Add to queue button to receive an e-mail notification when the e-book is available.
When you click Add to queue, a box will appear asking you to log in. You will usually need to do this even if you already logged in to access the e-book. Click on Login here under Shibboleth login.
On the next screen, select UCL using the drop-down menu and click Proceed.
You will be taken back to the homepage of the Dawsonera site. If you accessed Dawsonera via the SFX@UCL menu and still have it open, click GO again, otherwise search for the e-book you want on the dawsonera site. Click on the Add to queue button again and you will be asked to enter an e-mail address for the notification to be sent to.
When the e-book is available you will receive a email notification containing a link to the e-book. If you are accessing the e-book off-site and are not connected through Desktop@UCL Anywhere or Staff WTS then please add the following prefix to the link:
So, for example, if the link in the email is
you should enter
in your address bar.
In an effort to ensure as many people as possible can read these titles, read online sessions and downloaded copies of the e-book will expire after 3 hours (or after 15 minutes inactivity for read online sessions). If there is no one waiting in the queue when your session expires, you can simply start reading again.
Many of the e-books available through UCL Library Services allow copying and / or printing but you must keep within the limits set down by copyright law and our licence agreements. As a general rule, you can copy or print up to one chapter or 5% of an e-book, whichever is greater. You must not print multiple copies of the same chapter.
E-books on the Dawsonera, EBSCOhost and EBL websites are protected by digital rights management (DRM) measures which automatically limit the amount you can print or copy. You will be told what the limits are when you try to print or copy from these e-books. Note that you cannot print or copy from downloaded Dawsonera e-books - you need to be in "read online" mode to print or copy
Some of UCL's e-books on the Taylor and Francis website also have DRM in place restricting printing or copying. You will be allowed to print 30 pages and copy/paste 1000 words from these e-books.
At the moment printing and copying from these e-books can only be done from your own device as the FileOpen plugin for Acrobat Reader is required and this is not currently available on UCL machines / through UCL Desktop. First download the plugin and then chose the "standard access" version of the e-book.
See our detailed e-book guide for more information on printing and copying.
Click the read online icon from the title homepage. You need to be in this view to print or copy - you cannot print or copy from a downloaded Dawsonera e-book.
On the right of the screen above the reading pane you will see copy and print buttons. Click on the one you want.
A box will appear asking you to login. You will usually need to do this even if you already logged in to access the e-book. Click on Login here under Shibboleth login.
On the next screen, select UCL using the drop-down menu and click Proceed.
You will be taken back to the homepage of the Dawsonera site. If you accessed Dawsonera via the SFX@UCL menu and still have it open, click GO again, otherwise search for the e-book you want on the dawsonera site.
Now when you go to Read Online you will see that the copy and print buttons have green rectangles next to them. Hover over them to see how many pages you can copy and print.
Click on copy or print and you will be told that the page is enabled for copying or printing.
Be aware that the limits on printing and copying are per user for the lifetime of each e-book. You will not be able to print from the same e-book again once your limit for that e-book has been used.
You're not doing anything wrong - this is the way printing works on Dawsonera and Safari Books Online.
Although you can print several pages from each e-book on Dawsonera (you will be told how many when you click the print button), you have to print them one at a time by clicking the print button on each page you want to print.
Similarly on Safari Books Online, you can only print the page you are actually viewing so you will need to click the print button on each page you want to print. Remember that you are only permitted to print 5% or one chapter, whichever is greater.
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