Posts for the ‘Electronic resources’ Category

Open access books

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

There are an increasing number of Open Access books becoming available and we wanted to highlight a couple of places you can find these.

So to start with here are a couple of sites that include books from a variety of publishers.

The OAPEN Library is a platform that contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, in a variety of languages. Check it out here:

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) has the main aim of “increasing the discoverability of Open Access books”, again in a variety of languages. Check it out here:

And you can at times find open access eBooks from various publishers sites as well. For example:

This is the Athabasca University Press who as well as giving the opportunity to buy paper copies of their books also have a “free PDF” link available for their titles. Take a look here:

There is also the O’Reilly Open Books project where they have made a selection of books available openly for people to access. While this is a limited collection it shows how some publishers are making selected titles open to access while continuing to make their main collection available to purchase. Take a look here:

New Update: Access issues to MedicinesComplete (including the BNF)

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Access to Medicines Complete for off campus users has been restored for the Institutional Login route. Follow the instructions from the Library e-resources page to gain access. Apologies for the inconvenience this has caused.

Access issues to MedicinesComplete (including the BNF)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

There is currently an issue with accessing MedicinesComplete (including the BNF).

When you follow the link from the eBooks page or from the library catalogue to MedicinesComplete (including the BNF) and enter your RGU username and password you may be taken to one of these screens:

On FireFox

On Internet Explorer

If you are taken to these screens you are still able to get access to MedicinesComplete (including the BNF) by following these steps.

  • On Firefox click I Understand the risks, then add the exception and finally confirm security exception.
  • On Internet Explorer click continue to this website.
  • This should give you access to the resource but if you have any further access problems please contact us at

    The library and IT services are looking in to this problem and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

    Access to Dawsonera eBooks restored

    Friday, July 11th, 2014

    Dawsonera eBooks are now accessible again (see their tweet reporting this here).

    We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused and please let us know at if you experience any further problems accessing the eBooks.

    Access problems to Dawsonera eBooks

    Thursday, July 10th, 2014

    We have received a message from Dawsonera letting us know that there are currently problems accessing their eBooks, this is the message we have received:

    We are currently experiencing intermittent connection issues with dawsonera, which could affect you or your users. Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue as quickly and with as little disruption as possible.

    If you experience connection issues that result in a ‘page failure’ then refreshing the page or waiting a few seconds and trying again should resolve the issue.

    We will update you further on this as soon as possible.

    We would like to thank you for your patience.

    We apologise for the incovenience this is causing and we will update you once we get more information from the company.

    Access to Dawsonera eBooks restored

    Monday, June 23rd, 2014

    We have just been advised that access to eBooks is now available.
    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.