The Library provides access to over 6,000 e-books from major publishers, including Cambridge and Oxford University Press, Emerald, Palgrave Connect, Sage and Springer. We have now updated most of these collections to include titles published in 2014: new content will be available soon.
As we use a number of different suppliers, it is unfortunately not possible to produce subject lists but you can find all the available titles on our library catalogue in the same way as print books. It is easy to find e-books on a subject: just enter your keyword (e.g. accounting); from the results screen click on Modify search and select ERESOURCE from the list under Material Type
The collection include textbooks, academic studies and reference works like the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.
You can read the full text of any e-books online on any computer and many mobile devices; some also allow you to make notes for your own use. If you have problems with using any of our databases look at the Tips and tricks blog.
Don’t forget that copyright regulations and publisher’s licences apply, which mean that you can’t download complete books unless they are free publications (usually from governments, international bodies like the European Commission, or public organisations) but you should be able to download or print off a single chapter from any book or a maximum of 10% of the text.
If you use the link to the Electronic Library you can search or browse some of our collections by clicking on Business as subject and Electronic books as resource type.
The main collections from publishers are:
Cambridge Books Online – browse by subject. If the title is marked P (purchased content) you can read it online
Edward Elgar Publishing We have recently bought 163 titles in the Elgar Business Handbooks collection. Links are available from the Library catalogue. You can browse on ElgarOnline by subject; click on All accessible content to view the full text of a book.
Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection These are mainly annual research series. We have access to volumes published up to 2010 and will update this collection shortly.
Oxford University Press – We have all the titles in the Oxford Handbooks Business & Management and Economics & Finance collections. You can browse all available articles and book titles by subject; the download options allow you to save or print a chapter and also provide citations in APA format. Oxford Scholarship Online has similar options.
Palgrave Connect (1,000 titles in Business and Management; 1,200 titles in Economics and Finance ). Palgrave Macmillan is a major publisher in this subject area. Over 350 new titles from 2014 have been added to the Palgrave Economics and Finance collection and Palgrave Business and Management Collection. We also have access to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management
Sage Research Methods Online is a leading guide to research methods which uses content from the publisher’s leading collection of books, journals and encyclopedias. The website provides a useful introduction. We have also bought access to 369 titles in SAGE Knowledge: Business and Management Collection; search by title Sage Knowledge on the library catalogue to get a complete list or search by individual title.
Springer - nearly 1,500 titles from the Business & Economics collection. The SpringerLink platform includes journal articles and book chapters and allows limited previews of all titles. To limit your browsing to full access just click on Include Preview-Only content at the top left of the screen.
Sustainability Online Library (SOL) is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility. This collection has already proved very popular and we have now added content published in 2014.
We do not have access to all e-books published by these firms but most of the sites let you limit your search to our subscribed content.
Many individual textbooks are available on Dawsonera, MyiLibrary and VLEbooks which allow you to browse by subject using the subject tree (under Social Sciences) or search by keyword.
A number of publishers are now producing academic books on an open access basis, which means that anyone can read them online from anywhere in the world. The Directory of open access books provides a complete listing.