The Library subscribes to well over 500,000 electronic books in many subjects. Most are available in large collections which can be searched through the publisher's interface; all are individually cataloged in JOSIAH (search for titles below). In addition to the collections to which the Library subscribes, several publically available e-book collections are listed.
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer Book Series)
The series, including its subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), has established itself as a medium for the publication of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching - quickly, informally, and at a high level.
Lecture Notes in Mathematics (Springer Book Series)
Series reports on new developments in all areas of mathematics and their applications - quickly, informally an at a high level.
Lecture Notes in Physics (Springer Book Series)
1997-present; Lecture Notes in Physics reports new developments in physics research and teaching. Books in the series, conceived as bridging material between advanced graduate textbooks and the forefront of research, serve three purposes: (1) up-to-date reference on a well-defined topic, (2) introduction to a new field for postgraduates and non-specialist researchers from related disciplines, and (3) source of advanced teaching materials. Since 2004, LNP includes titles from the former Lecture Notes in Chemistry (LNC) series pertaining to the fields of theoretical and physical chemistry.
Deep Searching of eBooks with InfoGate
In addition to using Josiah for known items (author/title) and for LC Subject Heading searching, there are other ways to search deeply into some subscribed ebooks and many free ebooks: Google Book, Internet Archive, and Project Gutenberg searching and linking can be performed within these options.
- Enhanced searching of full text (chapters, indexes, and Table-of-Contents) -- use subject QuickSets and general QuickSet.
QuickSets are found at: http://sfx.brown.edu:8331/V?func=quick-1
Good for very specific searching, and discovering detailed portions of larger general works. Searches across aggregated full-text services (e.g. Early English Books, engineering handbooks, etc).
Not as good for general subject discovery ... see Josiah for controlled vocabulary and broad subject headings ... and to discover LC call number ranges for browsing the physical book stacks.
- Seamless federated searching of Josiah and fulltext ebooks
The QuickSets above offer one-stop searching of both Josiah and deep fulltext searching. This allows for both keywords within online texts and controlled subject headings within library subject catalogs. The less sophisticated search interface does not offer the best of either service, but it provides a good compromise for starting research. This will often lead researchers to more powerful native mode searching in various platforms.