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E-Books guide

This is a guide to using SGUL's e-book collection

What else can you do with e-books?

You can use information from e-books in various ways, particularly if you create an account or personal profile within a particular e-book platform.  You can, for example, make notes and annotations.  Each platform has its own options and guidance on this.  Links to guidance and information on each platform are provided below.

Oxford Clinical Psychology

The Oxford Clinical Psychology e-books platform allows you to read a book chapter in its entirety or you can access sections by clicking on the subheadings, so there is no need to move between pages as you would with a physical publication. Find out more about the layout of the platform here.

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On the right-hand side, next to the title of the chapter you can download (and print) the chapter. The download is in PDF format. Oxford Clinical Psychology also gives you the option to export citations, when you click on the pen icon in the top right-hand corner. E-books on this platform include many hyperlinks to definitions, further explanations and descriptions of processes, which make learning and studying a lot easier for you!

Learn more about creating a personal profile here. This allows you to make annotations and save chapter or books. The personal profile feature also provides the possibility to save searches and keeps track of the books you most recently looked at.

Books@Ovid

Ovid e-books have the publication's contents pages on the left-hand side and the viewing panel on the right-hand side. There is a search box located just under the title of the e-book which you are currently reading. Chapters are displayed on one continuous page, so there is no need to navigate between pages. You have the option to save and email parts of the book to yourself. Parts of a chapter can be printed out by clicking on the printer logo next to the subheading. References in the body of the text are hyperlinked, so clicking on one takes you directly to the full reference. For more information, please have a look at this guide.

Ebook Central

When you find a title that is provided by Ebook Central you will have to sign in, by first clicking on "view online" and then selecting an institution name. You can choose between "St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust" and "South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust", if you are NHS staff. If you are a St George's student, you select "St George's University of London - Shibboleth".

After logging in, you will be taken to the landing page of the platform.

Under "availability" at the top of the page, you can choose what you would like to do with the title, for example read it or download it. Ebook Central tells you automatically how many days you can download a book for and how many pages you can download without expiration date.

If you choose the "read online" option of a chapter, you are taken to a new page, which allows you to read the chapter, much like in a physical book. Above the text block, you find icons to download and print the chapter. You can also add the book to your virtual Ebook Central shelf, highlight and annotate parts you find particularly relevant. You can also enlarge the font by clicking on the magnifying glass.

Ebook Central has useful and easy-to-navigate help pages, which you can find here.

Oxford Medicine Online

The Oxford Medicine Online e-books platform allows you to read a book chapter in its entirety or you can access sections by clicking on the subheadings, so there is no need to move between pages as you would with a physical publication. Find out more about the layout of the platform here.

On the right-hand side, next to the title of the chapter you can download (and print) the chapter. Oxford Medicine Online also gives you the option to export citations, when you click on the pen icon in the top right-hand corner. E-books on this platform include many hyperlinks to definitions, further explanations and descriptions of processes, which make learning and studying a lot easier for you!

Learn more about creating a personal profile here. This allows you to make annotations and save chapter or books. The personal profile feature also provides the possibility to save searches and keeps track of the books you most recently looked at.

NHS staff - Please note

To access Oxford Medicine Online e-books when you are away from St George's you have to first select NHS England as your organisation. You are then redirected to login with your OpenAthens account details.