New Digital Resources: Springer Ebooks and ETextbooks

Springer Ebooks and ETextbooks

30,000+ Springer electronic books and 1,140 E-Textbooks now available!

The UC Libraries, including UCR, have recently collaborated to license access to more than 30,000 Springer e-book titles and content with publication dates from 2005-2009 for use by faculty and students covering more than 13 disciplines including:

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  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Computer Science; Computer Science Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences and Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Astronomy

In light of rising textbook costs, the UC-wide concern about these costs to students and the convenience of electronic textbooks, we have included in this 30,000 title Springer e-book collection a list of more than 1,140 publications that are categorized by the publisher as textbooks. (See the University Librarian's Letter to Faculty, Department Chairs, and Textbook Coordinators.)

Free Faculty and Student Access to More than 1,140 E-Text Books Online

If faculty are exploring new textbooks for their classes, and would like to offer their students the convenience of a free electronic textbook, they are invited to check the Springer list to see if there are text book titles that would be useful to them and their students.

These text books are freely available to students online for reading and linking; or they may be accessed chapter by chapter for linking, reading, and printout. Eventually they will be available for downloading to a PDA or Kindle at some future point. To review all of the available 30,000+ e-Books titles included in this new publisher package, visit www.springerlink.com. This collection may offer many e-Books that are suitable for instruction, but which are not textbooks.

E-Text Book Purchase Options from Springer for Students for $24.95

In addition to free online access to the 1,140 e-Textbooks included in the package, students can also purchase black-and-white printed copies of the both e-Books and e-Textbooks through the Springer MyCopy service available on the Springer website. This service is available for books with up to 832 pages and each book would cost only $24.95 including shipping and handling.

If faculty are already using a textbook published by Springer, and it is available online, the link may be shared with students and students may be informed them of the MyCopy option for inexpensive print copies. Faculty can also post the link to their course website, to BlackBoard, or work with the Librariesí e-Reserves Services in the Rivera Library or the Science Library for linking. We hope that this enhanced service will be beneficial to faculty and students; and would very much like to hear from faculty and students about their experiences using this new service initiative.

The UC Libraries are collaboratively exploring other appropriate e-Book options. One of the goals of this joint initiative is to assist UCR and other UC campuses in addressing student textbook costs at the same time that we expand access to e-books generally. We encourage faculty to give the librarians feedback about the selection and the quality of Springer textbooks in their discipline. For more information on the UC Libraries Springer e-Book Pilot refer to the University Librarians's Announcement or visit: http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/springerebooks. If faculty have any questions or concerns as they test this new service, they are encouraged to call or contact Barbara Schader, Assistant University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications at Ext. 2-3221 or bschader@ucr.edu.




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