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University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year: Books

This guide outlines the library resources and services available to students taking courses through the University of Otago Language Centre or Foundation Year

Find books using Library Search

The Library catalogue is called Library Search | Ketu and it's on the Library homepage

Library Search | Ketu search box on the LIbrary homepage

How are books in the library organised?

Most of the University of Otago Library collections use the Library of Congress classification system (LC).

Under this system, the collection is organised by broad subject areas and these subject areas are represented by a letter :

For example:

  • H = Social Sciences 
  • L = Education
  • N = Fine Arts
  • K= Law.
  • W = Medicine
  • There are also lots of subdivisions within classes (e.g. HF = Commerce, LA = History of Education and ND = Painting).

The call number (or label) on Library items will start with 1 or 2 letters that represent the part of the collection they are in. These call numbers start with an L so the books must be about Education and be shelved in the Education collection.

 

 

E-book databases in the Library

eBooks will show up in your Library Search Ketu search results but you can also search a variety of e-book databases, some of them a listed below:

Library eBooks

Library eBooks:

The Library has a large collection of eBooks and they look like this in Library Search Ketu results:

e-book called study skills

  • Click on the book title to open the eBook
  • Click on view details to get more information about the eBook

Using Library eBooks

  • Most Library e-books can be downloaded as a pdf to your computer or device (the whole thing or individual chapters). 
  • eBooks provided by ProQuest eBook Central can be downloaded as a pdf but only for a limited period of time (e.g. 3-7 days) and you need to install freely available software first.

 

Software requirements for ProQuest eBooks Central:

If you want to be able to downloaded the entire eBook to your computer/device (for a specified period of time) you need to download the following free software first: 

  • Books provided by ProQuest eBooks Central can be read online without the need for installing any software.
  • To download a ProQuest eBook to a PC or laptop you require Adobe Digital Editions (free to download).
  • To download to a ProQuest eBook to e-reader, iPad, tablet or other mobile device you require Adobe Blue Fire Reader (free to download).
  • Downloading, saving or printing chapters from a ProQuest eBook requires no additional software, but we recommend that you don't use the Firefox browser when printing pages - IE, Google Chrome or Safari work fine though.

ProQuest eBooks Central and DRM (Digital Rights Management) 
ProQuest eBooks have have DRM software built into their eBooks that tracks the proportion of an eBook you can save, print or copy. The DRM software will tell you how many pages from a publication you can print, save or copy in a 24 hour period.