The e-books for FE collections have been selected through extensive community consultations to provide taught course e-books for FE students and teachers. The resources have been selected for their relevance and currency and are mapped to the curriculum. The collection offers content from a variety of publishers, including, Hodder Education, Bloomsbury, Cengage and Taylor & Francis. Title subjects range health and social care, business, construction, childcare, engineering, to hospitality and psychology.
Detailed title information for these collections is available.
Institutions have access to the perpetual collection as well as collections four to eight inclusive. Collections one and three are expired and should be removed from your learning environments.
Subscription is free to all UK FE institutions. Access to these e-books is via the E-Book Central platform, under unlimited concurrent access until 31 August 2022. There is no charge to access the platform.
Please see the FAQs for further information.
The e-books in this collection were selected by the UK FE community as part of the e-books for FE community consultation.
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Digital materials e.g. e-books delivered through a learning platform/Virtual Learning Environments can be far more accessible to blind and visually impaired (VI) users than hard copy, unmanipulable equivalents, e.g. printed handouts. There is a range of assistive technologies such as screen readers, and the ebrary platform is compatible with these technologies including DAISY and JAWS using traditional keyboard shortcuts. In addition, the ebrary user interface has integrated text to speech functionality removing the need for any additional software.
E-Book Central is WCAG 2.0 compliant.
Authentication is via the UK Access Management Federation, on campus access via IP address range, and subject to E-Book Central's Access Policy: proxy server for off campus, or referring URL.
Institutions wishing to subscribe are strongly advised to join the UK Access Management Federation and implement compliant technologies to provide off campus access, single sign to resources, to identify and define separate groups of users and to assist in the administration of e-resources. This document provides a brief description of the advantages and likely cost and resource implications.
Access via mobile devices and portability
The e-books and E-Book Central platform can be accessed on a range of mobile devices via E-Book Central's viewing technology.
E-Book Central provides full integration of search results with several third-party federated search products, including Webfeat, MuseGlobal, Serial Solutions and Metalib.
E-Book Central is OpenURL compliant.
Quality-checked MARC21 cataloguing records are freely available from your college ebrary partner website. Once you have submitted the completed sub-license form an account will be created for you. From here you can access your usage statistics as well as gaining access to the personalised MARC records for your institution.
Heritage Users: If you are a Heritage user and do not have the Heritage MARC import module, please visit http://www.heritagesupport.com/jisc-e-books for instructions on how to import the cataloguing records.
We recommend that all libraries incorporate all the MARC records into their catalogues and provide direct links from the library catalogue and Virtual Learning Environments as it has been shown in several studies that this is essential in raising awareness of the availability of the e-books and encouraging use by students.
Ebrary meets XHTML 1.0 standard and is kept up to date with the latest version of XHTML where appropriate.
What is a Peppercorn payment?
A "peppercorn payment" is a legal device that ensures there is consideration in a contract and that as a result the contract is valid - further information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppercorn_(legal)
It is very unlikely that we will demand a peppercorn from your institution during the life of an agreement, but it is important to note that despite this being the only payment required, the responsibilities on all sides contained within that agreement are as serious as ever.
If you are unsure about anything in the licence please refer to our Guide to the Model Licence.
If you require any further assistance then please contact our Helpdesk or call us on 020 3006 6088.
Subscribing institutions can customise the E-Book Central platform to include college/library branding and colour scheme, E-Book Central can also offer advanced customisation of the initial landing page. The customised banner and/or landing pages may be hosted by E-Book Central or by the institution. Once you have subscribed, please contact Proquest to discuss any requirements you may have.
All table of contents entries act as clickable links. Users have the ability to land on the first page of a chapter, select chapter by relevancy ranking or click straight through to the search instances within the book. ebrary provides extensive bookshelf functionality, including the ability to:
The E-Book Central platform has a range of search options. Simple Search allows users to search keywords e.g. e-book title, text, author name and subject. Users are able to navigate within full-text using hyperlinks. The hyperlinks support in-place sorting and filtering by table of contents, subject, relevancy, publication date, title, or contributor. All table of contents entries also act as clickable links. Users have the ability to land on the first page of a chapter, select chapter by relevancy ranking or click straight through to the search instances within the book.
The E-Book Central platform has the ability to search within full-text, including within individual e-books, as well as metadata elements. Search options include: full-text, title, subject, author/contributor, publication date, LC call#, ISBN, Dewey Decimal number, document language and document type. Boolean and proximity search are also supported. All metadata is fully searchable via the E-Book Central platform to ensure a high relevance of search results.
E-Book Central provides usage statistics reports in compliance with COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works, Release 1.
Book Reports 2, 3 and 5 are available. Book Report 1 is not applicable as ebrary does not provide titles as single files. Book Report 2 provides title usage data with view, print, copy access combined (each access is considered a successful section request).
COUNTER reports are available for download from the E-Book Central admin portal for each E-Book Central channel/college site.
Each subscribing institution will be provided with a unique URL upon subscribing to the E-books for FE Core Collection.
More information on E-Books Central can be found at Proquest.
A range of training materials are available for subscribing institutions:
The Jisc FE and Skills team has collated guidance around the e-books for FE service, to make a central hub of information. Lists of e-books, which have been categorised and sectioned to help you find the resources you need, are available. The blog provides news, tips and case studies. Please take a look at what e-books for FE has to offer.