What We Read: Scholars Portal E-Journals and E-Books

What We Read: Scholars Portal E-Journals and E-Books

The Library invests over $800,000 annually on subscriptions for licensed resources that support study, research, and teaching.

Scholars Portal, a service that provides shared technology infrastructure and collections for Ontario’s university libraries, hosts many -- but not all -- of these licensed resources.  Its usage data give a snapshot of the scope of work going on at Trent.  Recently, Scholars Portal reports for 2014, 2015, and 2016 year-to-date, based on the COUNTER Code of Practice, were collated and analyzed.  These reflect usage trends in keeping with academic libraries at large.

The report for e-journals shows heavy use of titles in the sciences and social sciences, particularly forensics, nursing, and psychology.  The journals below had between 2,000 and 5,000 downloads, measured by the number of full-text article requests (Journal Report 1):

  • Forensic Science International
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences
  • Sex Roles
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • Computers in Human Behavior
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • The Lancet
  • Nurse Education Today

By comparison, for e-books, titles in the humanities, particularly history, figure prominently.  Measured by section requests (Book Report 2), the following monographs had between 4,000 and 13,000 requests during the period analyzed:

  • A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / edited by Guido Ruggiero (Blackwell, 2002)
  • Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java / by Karen Strassler  (Duke University, 2010)
  • The Nature of their Bodies: Women and their Doctors in Victorian Canada / by Wendy Mitchinson (University of Toronto, 1991)
  • The Dictionary of Human Geography (5th ed.) / edited by Derek Gregory, et al. (Blackwell, 2009)
  • Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks (Rev. ed.) / edited by Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M. Kellner (Blackwell, 2006)
  • The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics / edited by Adele Barker and Bruce Grant (Duke University, 2010)
  • Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines / Warwick Anderson (Duke University, 2006)
  • Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life / by James Daschuk (University of Regina, 2014)
  • A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present / by Andrew Gordon (Oxford, 2003)
  • Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture / by Murray Milner (Oxford, 1994)

Clearing the Plains (2014), written by Trent alumnus James Daschuk, has won numerous awards including the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best scholarly book in Canadian history and the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Achievement. 

Find Daschuk's e-book and other licensed scholarly resources through the Library website or contact libraryhelp@trentu.ca to find out more.

 

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