E-Books at York University

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E-Books at York University
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Electronic books ('e-books') are books that can be read on a computer screen using Adobe Acrobat or similar
software. You may have already used them, either by accessing the free titles that are available on the internet,
purchasing them through a bookseller such as Amazon, or accessing e-book subscriptions from York University
Libraries (YUL).
YUL York buys e-books from different publishers which reside on different platforms and have varying functionality.
The libraries would like input on your use of e-books and some features that you would like to see in e-books.
The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your time and help in this matter is sincerely appreciated.
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1. Faculty status at York
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Full-time
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Part-time
2. How many years have you been teaching?
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0-5
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6-10
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11-15
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15-20
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More than 20
3. Do you use e-books?
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Yes
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No
4. Are you aware that York University Libraries subscribe to e-book packages from
different content providers and/or publishers?
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Yes
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No
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5. York University Libraries subscribes to the following e-book packages from
content providers and publishers. Which of these e-books have you used online?
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Springer E-books
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RSC Chemistry E-books
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Knovel
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Books24x7 Engineering Pro
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Books24x7 It Pro
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Safari Books Online
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Synthesis Engineering E-Books
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Lecture Notes in Mathematics
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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Oxford Scholarship Online
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Books24x7 Engineering Pro
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Books24x7 It Pro
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[email protected]
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Canadian Health Research Collection
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NetLibrary
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MyiLibrary
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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
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Handbook of Environmental Chemistry
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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
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Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
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Encyclopedia Britannica Online
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Oxford Reference Online
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None of the above
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Other (please specify)
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6. How do you usually find and access E-books
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Library Catalogue
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New books blog
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New books title list
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Peers
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Library orientation
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E-mail notification from the library
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Posters and other promotional material
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Library newsletter
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Subject Research Guide
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This survey
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Other (please specify)
7. In a typical session, how long do you spend reading an e-book from the screen?
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More than 20 minutes
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11-20 minutes
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6-20 minutes
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3-5 minutes
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Less than 3 minutes
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Other
Other (please specify)
8. How much of that e-book did you read online in one sitting?
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I read the whole book
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I read several chapters
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I read one whole chapter
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I read less than one chapter
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I browsed through the book
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9. Do you recommend or actively encourage your students to use e-book materials?
(please tick as many boxes as apply)
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Yes, e-book are included in a Learning Management System (such as WebCT or Moodle)
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Yes, e-book are on my reading lists or handouts
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Yes, e-book are included as course reserve material
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No
10. Which of the following best describes your subject interests?
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Kinesiology & Health Sciences
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Mathematics & Statistics
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Biology
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Chemistry
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ESSE
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Other (please specify)
11. How important are the following features to e-books?
Very Important
Important
Somewhat Important
Not Important
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Ability to email text
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Ability to share notes
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Annotating
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24/7 access
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Formatted citations in
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Collaborative tools
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Copying and pasting
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DOI for each chapter
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Ability for more than one
student to use an e-book
at the same time
APA, MLA etc
Capability to
print/download sections of
content, such as chapter
or page range
Capability to search by
series, such as “Lecture
Notes in Computer
Science”
Capability to search for
images, and also content
within tables
Capability to plug data
into tables that are
“active”; i.e. manipulation
of new data
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Downloading to hand held
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Downloading to laptop
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Highlighting within
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Off-campus access
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Personal bookshelf
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Shared bookshelves
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Zoom and scale
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device
retrieved results of terms
used to conduct search
Hyperlinks to citations in
books or links to other
books
12. Is there anything that you want to add regarding course texts, print or electronic
books?
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