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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Safari Tech Books Online
A library of books on information technology, digitized and made available by Safari Books Online in conjunction with the original publishers.
Current; ebooks published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Springer Tracts in Modern Physics
Provides comprehensive and critical reviews of topics of current interest in physics.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Current; the Statistical Abstract of the United States is a one-volume, comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
Structure and Bonding (Springer Book Series)
Publishes critical reviews on topics of research concerned with chemical structure and bonding. The scope of the series spans the entire Periodic Table and addresses structure and bonding issues associated with all of the elements.
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
Current; Synthesis is an information service for the research, development, and educational community in engineering and computer science. The basic component of the library is a 50- to 100-page "Lecture"; a self-contained electronic book that synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by an expert contributor to the field. The library and its lectures are organized by series. Each series is managed by a prominent consulting editor. The series editor guides lecture topic and author selection as well as peer review. New series and lectures will be added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed.
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.