ebrary

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This is a collection of e-books, mostly (but not all) scholarly. E-books are accessed online; they are not physically located in our library, but we purchase the right to access them on the web. 

E-books purchased by a library are different than individual purchases for your e-book reader because they are mounted on a server, available for viewing to a large number of readers. Libraries purchase access for their users. Software is used to provide a platform on which users can use e-books. ebrary is one of the platforms used to provide our e-books. (See other providers.)

With ebrary, you can

  • create an account for yourself,
  • select books to add to your "Bookshelf" for easy retrieval later,
  • make notes and highlight portions of your readings,
  • print or copy selections or pages.

Books are searchable through an advanced search by author, title, subject, full text, call number, key field, and more.

See the ebrary guide. There are other Help features available from the ebrary start page.

Collections

Trent purchases many individual e-books available through the ebrary platform; often with a single-user or 3-user limitation. (1,000+ titles)

The following major collections are also available thorugh ebrary, normally with unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Cambridge University Press (2,300+ titles)
  • Canadian Public Documents Collection (30,000+ titles)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection (8,000+ titles) - excludes Canadian University Presses collection 2014-16 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Canadian Trade Publishers (6,000+ titles) - not all scholarly; subscription
  • Duke University Press (2,000+ titles)
  • Oxford University Press (3,000+ titles) - excludes Oxford Scholarship Online 2012-15 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Springer (15,000+ titles)
  • Taylor & Francis (11,000 titles)

 

As of 2015, there are over 70,000 books available at this site.

Downloading

Many of these e-books can be downloaded to an e-book device, mobile device, or computer. Not all books can be downloaded; you'll be informed if the book you selected is not eligible. Generally, books with a single-user license are not downloadable.  See the information sheet on downloading.

These e-books are not in a format compatible with Kindle.

Prerequisites:

  • You must have an ebrary bookshelf account. It's easy to create one using the "sign in" page - click "Create an account".
  • You must have Adobe Digital Editions (free software) installed on your computer. Use a computer to download, then sync your device to transfer.

Steps:

  1. Sign in to your Bookshelf account.
  2. Chose a book, and click the "download" button.
  3. Choose the part (or all) of the book you want to download.
  4. When the document is downloaded it will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Transfer the e-book to your mobile device.

iPad:

  1. Create an Adobe ID account.
  2. Install "BlueFire Reader" from the App Store.
  3. Login to your ebrary account.
  4. Select a book and click "download".
  5. Now you can read the e-book using BlueFire.

Downloaded books are saved for 7 days, after which they are deleted from your device. For further details, see the ebrary Help page.

Single-User Books

Some books are purchased with a single-user license to reduce the cost.  Each book will identify how many users can simultaneously read the same book.  One of the following messages will be shown:

  • Your institution has unlimited access to this book.
    • Any number of simultaneous users allowed.
  • Your institution has access to one copy of this book.
    • Can only be viewed by one user at a time.
  • Your institution has access to three copies of this book.
    • Up to three simultaneous users are allowed access.

If you view a single-user book, it is not available to any other Trent user.  It is automatically released only when:

  • you open another book,
  • the book remains idle for 15 minutes, or
  • your browser is closed.

(There used to be a “Release this title” button when viewing a single-user book, but no longer, given the automatic release.)

    If you open a single-user book that is in use by someone else, you are initially shown a preview-only copy of the book. 

    • This allows you to view the Table of Content, Index, and the first few pages of each chapter. 
    • You may not realize this is a preview copy, unless you try to move beyond the limitations, when it will indicate you're previewing and provide you with an option to wait for the book.
    • If you ask to be placed in the queue for the book, you have 5 minutes to access it once you're notified that it's available.  If you don't, it's released to the next user in the queue.

    Printing

    See ebrary's Help with copying and printing.

    Trent's limit for printing from ebrary is 100 pages per session.  However, many publishers have enforced their own limits.  A session is usually determined by your browser; as long as your browser remains open, your session is still active. This is in place to avoid violation of copyright. 

    Be careful that you don't violate copyright when you print.  See our webpage on "Fair Dealing" and "Short Excerpts".

    Notes: 

    See the mobile access information for ebrary. Complete ebrary books can be downloaded to your computer, then transferred to an ebook reader, or a mobile device

    Also see the Scholars Portal guide to Mobile Ebooks.

    See more information about e-books see our webpage on Purchasing E-Books for the Library.

    Ebrary software is also used on the Scholars Portal Books site, although it has a different look to it. There is some overlap of coverage on both sites. Scholars Portal Books provides access to e-book collections from:

    • Cambridge University Press
    • Canadian Health Research Collection
    • Canadian Publishers Collection
    • Oxford University Press
    • Springer
    • Open Access (Internet Archive Project).

    See information about features on the Scholars Portal Books information sheet.

    Coverage: 
    Varies.
    Update Frequency: 
    Irregular, as new titles are purchased by the library.
    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    In ebrary, the url of a particular book in the address bar of your browser is a stable url and it can be copied and used later.

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