Case Study: When Critical Mass is Key

Apr 25, 2017

The Colorado Alliance Purchases Books on ScienceDirect

This new case study explores the criteria The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries consortium used to purchase books on ScienceDirect recently. Of key importance was having access to a critical mass of journal and book content on one platform; making it easy for researchers to access the content they need when they need it.

Contributed by:

Michael Levine-Clark
Dean of the University Libraries, University of Denver
Michael is an internationally respected authority on collection development, acquisition of electronic and other nontraditional holdings, demand-driven acquisition and new models of library discovery. Michael played an instrumental role in leading the recent eBook acquisition from Elsevier by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.

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Demystifying DRM

Apr 24, 2017

Unlimited. Unrestricted. Uncomplicated.

Over 35,000 DRM-free Books on ScienceDirect.

Since the advent of online content delivery more than two decades ago, digital content has become increasingly vital to research and education. For researchers who read, review and share hundreds of books each year, online books offer a way to access content quickly and easily without all the heavy lifting.

At Elsevier, we are committed to putting researchers first by encouraging the access, use and sharing of our books and digital materials among those who are licensed to use them.

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Webinar: Creating and Managing a Digital Library

Apr 23, 2017

Creating a digital library takes time, effort, and resources, but the tools are available, thanks to the popularity of the digital movement. In this panel discussion, three experts in the field of librarianship will share their views of the role of the librarian in providing tools and guidance to create and manage a digital library.

Session Details

Topic: Creating and Managing a Digital Library
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time/4:00 pm GMT Summer Time/8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time



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Tips to Raise Awareness of Books on ScienceDirect

Apr 21, 2017

 We have put together some tips to help you raise awareness of Books on ScienceDirect in your library.

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In Their Own Words: Value of Books for Teaching and Research

Mar 24, 2017

In this new video, professors Matt Carter and Flavio Fröhlich talk about the role of books as trusted resources in teaching and research.


More about the professors featured in this video: 

Matt Carter, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College. His previous position was as a post-doctoral fellow in Richard Palmiter’s lab at the University of Washington using optogenetic techniques to study neural circuitry. He was the awardee of Stanford University’s Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and two-time recipient of the Stanford School of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently teaches courses at Williams in both Topics in Neuroscience as well as Neural Systems and Circuits.

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2017 Major Reference Works on ScienceDirect

Mar 22, 2017

Ideal for students and interdisciplinary researchers, Major Reference Work’s offer a wealth of foundational knowledge on a topic. Rather than searching through hundreds of unreliable free content resources, scholars and scientists can find authoritative knowledge and quickly get up to speed on a topic using one dynamic resource. These multivolume sets are the ideal primer for learning about a novel subject, whether you are a professor teaching students or an interdisciplinary researcher on the journey to the next big thing, Major Reference Works contain the essential knowledge to help you advance and grow. Available on ScienceDirect, the Major Reference Work chapters have contextual links to related books, journals and citation tools providing the perfect starting place to research and learning.

Check out the 2017 Major Reference Works publishing below or take a look at Elsevier’s full Major Reference Work offering here.

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CiteScore and Elsevier’s Book Series

Mar 22, 2017

As an editor for book series at Elsevier, I’m often asked to explain the differences between the content in a journal and a book series. Journals are key for researchers to access original research, they are written for experts by experts, and their content tends to be granular and high level. Book series provide a different service to users. They are intended to give an in-depth overview of a topic, offering lengthy review articles which include a full account of ‘past, present and future’ in a particular area.

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21st Century Libraries: Parallels and Lessons from the Ad Industry

Mar 17, 2017

At first glance, it may not seem that academic libraries and the advertising industry share common experiences and transformations. But looking more closely at the history and evolution of the advertising industry, there are distinct parallels to the changing world of academic libraries and the book publishers who serve them…and some noteworthy lessons to be learned along the way. 


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How to Export Book Chapters and References to Mendeley

Feb 26, 2017

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help your patrons organize their research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. ScienceDirect offers direct export of book citations and PDFs of book chapters to Mendeley via the Mendeley web importer. You can create a Mendeley account and learn more at the Mendeley website

Directions to export book citations & book chapters from ScienceDirect to your Mendeley Account:

  1. In ScienceDirect, search for a book you would like to read and select the chapter or chapters you wish to import by clicking the checkbox to the left of each. When you make no selection, all chapters will be imported. Then click “Export” and a drop-down box will appear with available options.

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New Book Series Launching in 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Committed to publishing content in growing and emerging areas of research we are thrilled to announce that we are launching four new book series this year!

Book series offer a unique and important service to researchers by consolidating the latest advances in their field. They provide in-depth reviews on hot topics and important research areas as well as the latest research into methods and protocols. Edited by top experts chosen for their stature, series present a comprehensive snapshot of the current state of research and build upon it over time.

Learn how series can solve the challenges of your researchers and students in the whitepaper The Timesaver Your Researchers Have Been Looking For: Elsevier Series.

Read the Whitepaper now

Using our subject matter experts and our powerful proprietary tools including SciVal and Scopus, we have identified four areas of research that have a strong need for new book series content. Check out the new series launching in 2017 below:

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Video Tutorial: Navigating Reference Modules on ScienceDirect

Feb 24, 2017

View, download, and share this short video with your researchers, professors, and students containing tips for navigating and getting the most out of Reference Modules on ScienceDirect.

How can you use this video to promote Reference Modules at your institution?

Download and post it in your libraries on a loop, on your library's website, or share on your Facebook pages to get the word out that your library has access to this great resource on ScienceDirect.

  1. Share this online version of the video with your colleagues:

  2. Embed it on your library's website with the following code from YouTube:
    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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The Top 3 Books to Expect in 2017

Feb 24, 2017

We've highlighted 3 books publishing in each subject area this year.

Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, 8th Edition
Edited by Peter Urben
Available in March

Essential reading for those working with chemicals that includes every chemical for which documented information on reactive hazards is available. Lists important hazardous reactions and includes references to real chemical incidents. Provides guidelines on the safe use and handling of chemicals In the lab and industry.

Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry, 2nd Edition
Edited by Ruren Xu and Yan Xu
Available in March

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