LINUS July 2000 : Library News
Read a book online
Lim-Yeo Pin Pin, Central Library RIS Dept
You can read selected books on your desktop when you are logged in to NUSNET, without coming to the Library. This means that your access to these books is no longer limited to the opening hours of the library's loan counter. With the electronic version, you also enjoy full text search with hyperlinks to jump to the relevant sections in the book. Currently, the NUS Library has subscribed to over 200 titles from netLibrary, comprising more than a hundred Reserved Books/Readings (RBR) titles and another 123 academic titles. Through netLibrary, you have one interface to the titles subscribed by the NUS Library and over 4,000 free titles including works by Austen, Homer, Shakespeare and Bronte.
How to access?
When you Browse Ebooks by Publisher, you will get the welcome screen for NUS Library with a search screen with options to search the library collection of subscribed titles and the public collection.
You need to create an account which allows you to check out a subscribed title for 2 hours. After checking out the book, click on the Read button under Options to get the table of contents with the cover. Without an account, you can only preview the book for 15 minutes.
You can navigate to a specific chapter or page. Click on search eBook to search for the occurrence of a word in the entire text of the book. Or you can use the index of the book to jump to the appropriate pages in the book.
Check in the book when you are finished reading it. If the book has been checked out by another person, you will get a message that all available copies are checked out and to try again later.
Click on Power Search and select only Public Collection to look for free ebooks. Books in the public collection can be read without needing to check the book out and without time restriction. Please be selective about the total amount you print from the book, warnings are issued if you do excessive printing.
Checking out Ebooks in netLibrary will not affect your normal loan entitlement of library materials. Note that you are not able to place a hold on an Ebook that is checked out by another user.
In addition to Ebooks from netLibrary you are also able to access through the NUS Digital Library Ebooks published by the Association for Computing Machinery, Center for International Legal Studies, and Electronic Workshops in Computing from Springer Verlag.
Selected Titles in netLibrary
Confessions Of A Medicine Man by Alfred I. Tauber. MIT Press, 1999
Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry by W. M. A. Niessen. M. Dekker, 1999. SC RBR
Business The Amazon.com Way by Rebecca Saunders. Capstone, 1999. CL RBR
Strategies and games: theory and practice by Prajit K. Dutta. MIT Press, 1999. HL RBR
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