Large Collection of New STEM Related eBooks Acquired

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and the Matas Health Sciences Library have partnered to acquire an All Access EBook Collection from the prominent publisher Elsevier Science. 

The subscription provides access to nearly all eBooks on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform including forthcoming 2020 titles.  This includes around 30,500 general monographs, more than 3,500 book and handbook series titles, more than 260 e-textbooks, and more than 200 reference works such as handbooks and encyclopedias. 

Access is available through individual records in the library catalog and Library Search discovery tool, and from the ScienceDirect platform linked in the library’s databases list. Interestingly, another primary means of access to these eBooks or article-like chapters within them is through the live URL links embedded in footnotes and lists of references in millions of other Elsevier publications and publications on other publisher and open access platforms (including articles, eBooks, preprints, and conference papers).  This is enabled through an Open URL cross-reference linking system employed the library.  This flyer from Elsevier discusses the increasingly symbiotic connections between journal and monographic literature in STEM disciplines and the social sciences. 

Elsevier is a publishing and analytics company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content. Based in the Netherlands, its products also include 2,500 high impact journals such as The Lancet and Cell, the ClinicalKey search engine for clinicians, and digital tools for data-management, instruction, and publication impact assessment.  Howard-Tilton Memorial Library also actively acquires eBooks from other top STEM publishers as well.  Springer | Nature | Palgrave, Wiley, and Morgan & Claypool are common examples. It also supports Open Access monograph publishing initatives such as Knowledge Unlatched (KU).

The library has collected more than 1.3 million eBooks overall--with subject coverage spread across humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines.  In the humanities this includes titles combined in very large historical collections representing, from a few examples, most book titles published in England from 1475 to 1700 and in America from 1639 to 1918, plus large numbers of historical collections covering digitized library and archival collections with materials from throughout the world, in a variety of languages. Not all libraries have acquired published digital collections on this scale and of this scope.  Millions more titles are accessible to Tulane readers through the library’s membership in HathiTrust.

Andy Corrigan