E-vailability of e-books

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 7, September 2010, page(s) 368 College Library

The common fallacy that “everything is available on the Internet” is actually true for 80 current medical textbooks available in electronic format through the library page of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC web site. 

The College Library has licensed e-books with two different providers, NetLibrary and Stat!Ref, and all members can access these books in full text, remotely from any computer. 

E-books are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a wide range of subjects, including anesthesia, cardiology, emer­gency medicine, geriatrics, orthopae­dics, psychiatry, and surgery. 

Some of the titles available include Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine, Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology, DSM-IV-TR, and ACS Sur­gery: Principles & Practice. The complete list can be found under the Books link on the library main page. 

NetLibrary and Stat!Ref have federated search engines that search their e-books. To perform a thorough e-book search you must do one search in NetLibrary and a second in Stat!Ref. 

All e-books can be viewed online, but NetLibrary provides book “loans”: users can download books to their computer desktop for a 2-week loan period. NetLibrary is, for the College Library, a new provider of e-books, and the format for their titles is a PDF of the print copy. 

The content in NetLibrary is text-word searchable, but the look is more traditional. College Library users may already be familiar with the Stat!Ref interface through the point-of-care tool ACP PIER, which we have licensed for several years.  

For further information about these expanded resources, please contact us either by e-mail (medlib@mls.cpsbc.ca) or phone (604 733-6671).
—Karen MacDonell
—Robert Melrose
—Judy Neill
College Librarians