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For help in doing research (exploring a topic, brainstorming search terms, identifying resources, finding and evaluating sources, citing sources, etc.), please don't hesitate to reach out to a research librarian.
Librarians meet with students, faculty and staff via emails, Google Hangouts Chat, Google Meet, Zoom, etc.
Academic ebooks from a variety of publishers, in many subject areas including anthropology, history, law, psychology, global studies, philosophy, religion, computer science, literature, film, and the fine arts.
Cambridge Core is a new platform for Cambridge University Press's academic content. Containing book and journal content, it is a replacement for Cambridge Journals Online and Cambridge Books Online. Contains over 1 million journal articles and 30,000+ books.
Especially strong in the sciences. Subjects include architecture, astronomy, behavioral science, life sciences, economics, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, engineering, social science, law, mathematics, medicine, physics. Books published from 2005 to the present.
Look for Use Details in E-Book Records
E-books make a text easy to access, download, highlight, and cite.
E-books can be accessed anywhere with a Colby login.
But rules of access and usage can vary by publisher! Look for details within each book's item record.
E-books can sometimes be found on the web. Some access is only temporary during this crisis.
DPLA: Digital Public LIbrary of AmericaDPLA is a discovery tool, or union catalog, for public domain and openly licensed content held by the nation's archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)This link opens in a new window"The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and meet academic standards."
HathiTrustThis link opens in a new windowA digital library that includes older books in the public domain. Although open on the web, member institutions, like Colby, have greater downloading privileges. Use the yellow "Log in" button to select Colby College.
HATHI TRUST UPDATE: ENHANCED ACCESS
HathiTrust provides access to a wealth of public domain books, but Colby has now been approved for wider access in a very limited ETA (emergency temporary access) program. This allows staff, faculty, and students to access/check out one copy ofColby print monographs that have been digitized by Hathi.
Identify a Colby print book in CBBcatthat you hope to be able to access digitally.
If the book has by digitized by Hathi, you will see a “Temporary Access” option. This is available only to Colby students, faculty and staff.
“Temporary Access” books can be read only online. You can download one page at a time. You can’t download the whole book. You can check out a book for 1 hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book.