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Free Ebook Downloads from the National Academies Press


The National Academies Press
From a blog item of the OU Schusterman Library

Are you a digital reader? If so, you might be interested in the following news. On June 2nd, the National Academies Press (NAP) began offering the PDF versions of their reports and books as FREE downloads.

Who is the National Academies? The National Academies is a collection of four private, nonprofit institutions: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Center. Each year, the NAP publishes over 200 authoritative books and reports that address science, engineering, and health topics.

More the 4000 NAP titles are now freely available to download. Users can choose to download entire books or individual chapters. To download a book, visit the NAP website at Select a topic to browse (for example, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Food & Nutrition, and Health and Medicine) and explore the available titles. Once you select a title, look for the DOWNLOAD FREE PDF option. To complete the download, you will need to create an NAP user account or register as a guest.

The following list comprises a small sampling of NAP titles:

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011)
Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020: Letter Report (2011)
The Public Health Effects of Food Deserts: Workshop Summary (2009)
The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking: Workshop Report (2011)
Understanding the Demand for Illegal Drugs (2010)

June 28, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources, Professional Health Care Resources | , , | Leave a comment

Access Full Text Life Science and Healthcare Texts Using A New NCBI Bookshelf Homepage

Access Full Text Life Science and Healthcare Texts Using A New NCBI Bookshelf Homepage

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has released a new version of their “Bookshelf” homepage.

Bookshelf provides free access to over 700 texts in life science and healthcare. One of many NCBI resources,Bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content, and spurs discovery of related information.

The 700+ texts include biomedical textbooks, other scientific titles, some genetic resources, such as Gene Review, and NCBI help manuals.

The search box includes options for Limits (as subject area, resource type) and an Advanced Search Option (as author, publisher, year).
Alternatively one can browse Browse Titles . Browsing results (one or two titles) can be used to create and modify a personal table of titles from one, two, or three columns/facets.
The columns include:

+ Types of books

+ Subjects

+ Publishers

One can learn more by taking a look at this tutorial about browsing the Bookshelf.Other tutorials cover search, searching “inside” a book, using limits, and advanced search. Links to all tutorials can be found on this page.

January 28, 2011 Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources, Professional Health Care Resources | , , , | 1 Comment

Books with New Looks: The Bookshelf Redesign

NLM Technical Bulletin

National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health




From a November 24, 2010 US National Library of Medicine (NLM) Technical Bulletin Announcement

The books in Bookshelf have been given a new look as part of a redesign that is taking place in several stages. The Bookshelf redesign goes beyond cosmetic enhancements; it includes infrastructural improvements to facilitate the discovery of information at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

The first (and completed) stage is the redesign that improves how all book pages are displayed. The table of contents page of every book now displays the book’s bibliographic data, such as the book title, author, publisher, and copyright information. A thumbnail display of the book cover shows prominently and an abstract or excerpt from the book is displayed above the table of contents. On the right side of the page, related PubMed® citations and history of recent activity may display (see Figure 1). Where available, links to other NCBI resources, such as Gene and OMIM, may also display. These new panels mark the ongoing work to create rich links between NCBI resources and to maximize discoverability of related materials.

In common with PubMed, the blue NCBI header and search bar are displayed at the top of all pages, and at the bottom of each page the standard NCBI footer links to many NCBI resources. Click on “Bookshelf” (upper left on any page) to return to the homepage.

Once inside a book, all pages have been given a more balanced and clean layout. The text of the page is more readable through improved page layout, typography, and standardized headings. Figures can be quickly previewed: a large version of the image pops up over the page when you mouseover the thumbnail (see Figure 2). Clicking on the thumbnail opens the image in a new window and allows you to see the title and caption for the figure……


November 28, 2010 Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources, Professional Health Care Resources | , , | Leave a comment

NLM Launches “Digital Collections,” a Repository for Access to and Preservation of Digitized Biomedical Resources

From the Web site

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a new digital repository, Digital Collections, at This new resource is complementary to the PubMed Central digital archive of electronic journal articles ( The repository allows rich searching, browsing and retrieval of monographs and films from NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Additional content and other format types will be added over time. Users can perform full-text and keyword searching within each collection or across the entire repository.

“The new Digital Collections repository will allow NLM to provide permanent, robust access to an even broader range of biomedical information,” said Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director, NLM.

Accessing the Collections

This first release of Digital Collections includes a newly expanded set of Cholera Online monographs, a portion of which NLM first published online in PDF format in 2007. The version of Cholera Online now available via Digital Collections includes 518 books (dating from 1817 to 1900) about cholera pandemics of that period. More information about the selection of the books and the subject of cholera may be found on the original Cholera Online Web page at: Each book was scanned into high-quality TIFF images, which underwent optical character recognition to generate corresponding text files. Finally, a JPEG2000 derivative was created for each page for presentation through the integrated book viewer, which includes a Flash-based zooming feature for resizing and rotating a page on demand.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment


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