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Trial access to Informit E-Resource Packages

CaptureWe now have trial access to the following collections from Informit until 12th December.  These can be accessed via the links below, the Trials webpage and DiscoverEd (individual titles)

Informit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

The Informit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection is Informit’s core academic research collection. This multi-disciplinary Collection provides access to fresh perspectives in the arts, communication, education, history, linguistics, politics and more. Dedicated to content from and about Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and South East Asia, with articles by scholars worldwide, this full text database is an essential resource for students, teachers and researchers seeking a critical resource for comparative regional studies.  Over 103,000 records from 667 resources, starting from 1940.  Subjects include business, education, humanities, Indigenous studies, law and social sciences.  See also https://www.informit.org/informit-humanities-social-sciences-collection for title lists.

Informit Indigenous Collection

The Informit Indigenous Collection covers both topical and historical issues within Indigenous studies. The multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary framework provides access to emergent and groundbreaking research within the global community, and offers scope for critical international engagement and debate. With material from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, North America and The Pacific, the Informit Indigenous Collection is a platform for Indigenous world views.   Over 15,700 full text records from 111 resources, starting from 1977.  A fuller picture with access to specialist journals, conference papers, reports, magazines, eBooks and grey literature unavailable elsewhere online.  See also https://www.informit.org/informit-indigenous-collection for title lists.

Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these e-resources as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.

New Dawsonera online reader launched

logoDawsonera have now launched their new online reader.  This includes a number of enhancements to improve the user experience of reading e-books on their platform.

The main enhancement we have all been waiting for – page range printing, is now available.

The new reader includes the following enhancements:

– An expanded view of the e-book to give full screen reading as well as a zoom in/out feature.  Accessibility has been audited by the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind).

– Printing Improvements – you can now print page ranges rather than one page at a time.  You have a print preview of the pages selected before you send them to the printer and a print allowance is shown for each book consisting of what you have already printed, and how many more pages you are allowed to print.*

– Copying Improvements – the copy button now shows allowance per book – copies used and remaining, there is a preview page before copying to your clipboard.*

– Searching within an e-book and hit highlighting.

– Improved page navigation using the table of contents, improvements to scrolling and intuitive icons.

– Private and shared notes.  See the user guide below for full details on how this works.

– Improvements to the reader layout on a mobile device so that it has the same features as the desktop version…the PowerPoint link below shows screenshots of the new Dawsonera reader on a PC, mobile and tablet.

Some library staff met with Dawsonera recently to see a preview of the new reader.  See the slides demonstrating the various enhancements at http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/docs/Libraries/Main/E-Resources/E-Books/DawsonEraNewReader.pptx

A user guide for the new reader is now available at http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/docs/Libraries/Main/E-Resources/E-Books/DawsoneraOnlineReader_UserGuide.pdf

Dawsonera have a list of FAQs here.

We welcome feedback on the new reader – please contact your academic support librarian to give your feedback.

*Can’t print or copy if offline, the reader needs online access for DRM management.