What is an electronic resource?

Electronic resources can be an electronic version of something that also exists in print - for example journals and books - or they can be bibliographic databases indexing journal articles.  Often the database may contain full text journal articles, Emerald, SocIndex with Full Text, Psychology and Behavioural Science Collection, and General OneFile for example. You can also search databases for images, video, legal, financial and statistical information.

Which database should I use?

You can select your subject area from the Find databases by subject on the Electronic Databases site. Here you will find which databases are most suitable to search for information in your specific subject area. You can also check out the information provided on the subject links on Welcome to the Library in Moodle.

If you are looking for books and journal articles for a particular subject you can also use our single search tool - DISCOVER @BradfordCollege.  DISCOVER is a bit like using Google except that the results are only for our resources and therefore suitable for your college course.

How do I access databases?

The databases are listed alphabetically or by subject on the Electronic Databases site. Each database has information about its content and instructions for access off campus.

Can I use electronic resources on and off campus?

Most electronic resources (databases, electronic journals and e-books) can be accessed on campus using the College IP address which has been registered with the database suppliers. In most cases electronic resources can be accessed off-campus using your college username and password. In some cases a username and password are required for access on campus as well as off campus. For details on access requirements for each resource please refer to the information provided for each database and to the information on the A to Z of Journals Titles. More information is also available on the How to Access Electronic Resources web page.

Can I use Google to access electronic resources?

Unfortunately Google may not provide the correct URL for the electronic resources the College Library subscribes to and so we would suggest that you access the electronic resources from the links on the Electronic Resources web pages. However, if you are using Google off campus, and find a link to an electronic resource, then look for the 'Institutional login' option.

What is an electronic journal?

An electronic journal is a journal made available in an electronic format. The journals available to staff and students of Bradford College in full text online are listed on the A to Z of Journal Titles. Some of these journals are electronic versions of journals that are held in the Library, in our print collection. Some are journals that the Library does not have in our print collection, but which are made available as part of a database collection - Emerald, General OneFile, Psychology and Behavioural Science Collection, Lexis are a few examples.

How do I access electronic journals?

You can search for journal articles by subject or author by using one of the databases for your subject area or by using DISCOVER @BradfordCollege.

If you have details of the journal article you can see if we have access to the full text online by entering the Journal title into the search box on the A to Z of Journal Titles. If we subscribe to the journal you will see one or more links to it and each link will give the dates (holdings) which are available through that supplier.

Why can't I access the full text online?

You may find that when you click on the link for the full text of an article, your access is refused. Please check the following:

  • You may need to enter your college username and password. Look for the "Institutional login" option.
  • Do the holdings listed next to the title on the A to Z of Journal Titles say that full text is available for the year/volume you want? Sometimes more years than we subscribe to are available on the supplier’s website.
  • Some of our electronic journal subscriptions are only available to access on campus.
  • Do you need a special username/password to access the journal? Please ask at the Library Information Desk.  You will need to provide proof that you are a student or member of staff at Bradford College.

If you cannot access your chosen journal, and cannot see any reason why  please email [email protected] providing details of the error message, the details of the journal you were trying to access and your contact details.

What is an e-book?

E-books or electronic books are electronic versions of printed books which can be read in full text via the Internet.

The Library has a growing collection of electronic books which are available from three main providers, Dawsonera, Ebook Central and Safari. The Library also subscribes to a number of electronic resources that provide the full text of reference titles (encyclopaedias and dictionaries) and core texts electronically.

How do I find and access e-books?

There is an alphabetical list of e-book collections and providers on the Electronic Books web page.

The easiest way to find and access e-books is to search the Library Catalogue, just like you would for printed books. You can search by author, title or keyword. You can also limit your search to just e-books by selecting E-books form the Library Site drop down menu. If the book is available electronically there will be an icon and the words [electronic resource] will follow the title. Click on the link. If you are off campus you will need to enter your college username and password and you may also need to look for UK Access Management Federation. To access e-books on the Dawsonera platform you will need to enter your college username and password on and off campus.

Why can't I access the e-book?

There may be a number of reasons:

  • It might be that you are trying to access an e-book where we are limited to a certain number of users at one time. If you cannot access an e-book try again later, as it may be that the book is already being used by the maximum number of users.
  • A small number of the e-books on Dawsonera have resticted access. This means that we have a licence for only a couple of people to read the e-book at the same time.  If the title you are using has reached its limit then you will be given the option to add yourself to a queue.  This reserves the e-book and you will receive an email when the book becomes available.
  • If you are using a MAC or iPad, you will need to ensure that the default reader is Adobe Acrobat. Dawsonera also recommend that MAC users use the Safari browser.
  • A compatibility problem concerning Internet Explorer 9 and Adobe reader has caused problems when using the Read Online function in Dawsonera. The first page of an e-book will load, but when you move to view the next page, an error occurs. To overcome this problem, log in to the Dawsonera website, select Tools from the menu bar, and then click on Compatibility View settings. Alternatively you can use a different internet browser, such as Google Chrome.

If you get an error message when you are trying to access an e-book, and cannot see any reason for it, please email [email protected] providing details of the error message, the details of the e-book you were trying to access and your contact details.

Can I print or copy & paste from an e-book?

E-books are subject to strict copyright and digital rights management. Copyright Law allows you to print one chapter or 5%, whichever is greater, of an e-book. Most providers restrict the amount you can print and copy.

Can I download e-books?

Dawsonera has a Download option which allows you to download the e-book onto the local drive of your computer or memory stick for a period of up to 3 days. You will lose access after this time but you can always go back and download the book again.  You can also download e-books from Dawsonera to Apple iOS or Android devices for up to 3 days. You will lose access after this time but you can always go back and download the book again. Copy and print facilities are not available from the downloaded pdf, but during the download period, you can make annotations, highlight text and use Adobe Reader accessibility options.

Ebook Central allows you to download chapters or page ranges as a pdf document. It is also possible to download the entire e-book using Adobe Digital Editions for a designated period.

Can I download e-books to my e-reader?

At present, you cannot download our e-books to a Kindle.

On Ebook Central you can download the e-books to your computer or other mobile devices and e-readers (but not the Kindle). Only download the e-book if you would like to read it offline on a personal computer or device. You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on the computer or device you are using to read the e-book. You will also need the Bluefire e-reader app if you want to read the downloaded e-book on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device. Ebook Central provides links to the software you need when you begin the download process. More information is available from the Help button on the Ebook Central website.

Can I read an e-book using a screen reader?

Dawsonera works with the standard functions of Adobe Reader that allow for a page to be enlarged or to be read aloud. Screen Readers such as JAWS, Text Help and Read & Write Gold are also supported. If you are having problems activating the read out loud feature online, Dawsonera suggest that you should download the title and it should work as normal.

Ebook Central provides an accessibility mode for use with screen readers which will enable the use of keyboard shortcuts and the provision of PDFs in a screen reader friendly format. More information is available from the Help button on the Ebook Central website. Additionally the e-books can be downloaded and read using Adobe Digital Editions on any compatible device.

Please email [email protected] for further support and guidance.

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