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How can I use e-books from home?


How can I access licensed e-media via the university network?

Members of the University of Regensburg can log into the university network via VPN (FortiClient) with their CC (RZ) account. In this way all e-books licensed by the library are available to you.

You can download the required FortiClient from the VPN website of the computer centre. Installation options for various operating systems are provided. To access e-books remotely, you must select "VPN UR home" or "VPN UR public" as your profile.

Information of the computer centre about VPN

With some providers, the use of e-books and other e-media is not only possible by logging on to the university network via VPN (see above), but also by logging on with your own computer centre account. The registration via RZ-Account works via Shibboleth. Shibboleth is a method for distributed authentication (Who are you?) and authorisation (What are you allowed?) for web applications. Instructions and overview of providers with Shibboleth access already activated.


How can I find e-books in the catalogue?

Then search the Regensburg catalogue plus www.regensburger-katalog.de using the free search function for your topic. You can use the filtering options below to narrow down your search. Use the filter "document type" to specifically search for "E-Books". Click on the full text button next to a hit list entry to download the e-book.


Which electronic textbooks are available for my subject?

Many of the textbooks that you can find in the textbook collection are also available as e-books. Simply search the Regensburg Catalogue plus for the desired textbook and use the filter on the left titled "e-book". You can download the e-book by clicking on the full text button. Please note that you have to be logged into the university network via VPN (PDF).

If you miss a particular e-book, you are welcome to send us a purchase suggestion (German form). We will then immediately check whether we can provide the textbook for you in electronic form.


Can I cite from e-books?

E-books are mostly offered in PDF format and are identical to the print version of the book, so you can quote from it without any problems.

If you access the university network via VPN through "VPN UR home" or "VPN UR public" and still have problems with certain e-books, please contact our e-book team. We will help you as soon as possible: ebooks@ur.de.


The e-book I need is not available

If a book is only available in printed form, please send us a purchase proposal (form only available in German). Please enter an e-book request in the comments field.

We will check if we can licence the e-book as soon as possible.


Advice for pupils and guests

Since you do not have a CC (RZ) account, you cannot log in to the university network. However, researching through the Regensburg catalogue plus and clicking on the full-text button for e-books can still be worthwhile: Some e-books are provided free of charge. Please also note the information about BASE and Google Scholar.


I cannot access a particular e-book

If you cannot access a particular e-book, please contact your subject specialist.

How do I find online journals for my topic?


What is the EZB and how does it work?

The Electronic Journals Library EZB is a service for the effective use of scientific full text journals on the internet. You can find all electronic journals licenced by the University Library, but also a large number of scientific journals that are freely available on the net.

Using the traffic light symbol system you can immediately see whether you can use the journal online free of charge (green), whether you can use the journal free of charge if you are logged into the campus network via VPN (yellow) or whether you cannot access the journal (red).


Which electronic journals are available for my subject?

The journals are offered at the EZB (EJL) sorted by subject. Click on your subject and uncheck the red traffic light symbol to see all free and licenced journals in your subject. Also uncheck the yellow traffic light symbol if you do not have access to the campus network and thus to the licenced journals.


How do I find a particular journal article in the EZB?

If you are interested in a specific journal article, you can search for the title of the journal in the EZB. A search for the journal article itself is not possible.

In this video you can see the search for the journal article
Irsch, Wilhelm.„Gewinner und Verlierer des Klimawandels.“ Biologie in unserer Zeit Vol. 49, Is. 5 (2019): p. 316–319.

The article you are looking for is in the journal "Biologie in unserer Zeit". The journal can be found in the EZB. It is marked yellow, i.e. it is activated for the university network. By clicking on the correct licence period (our article was published in 2019) you can access the homepage of the journal. There you can select the year and issue in which the article was published and then download the individual article itself.


How can I access licensed e-media via the university network?

Members of the University of Regensburg can log into the university network via VPN (FortiClient) with their CC (RZ) account. In this way all e-books licenced by the library are available to you.

You can download the required FortiClient from the VPN website of the computer centre. Installation options for various operating systems are provided. To access e-books remotely, you must select "VPN UR home" or "VPN UR public" as your profile.

Information of the computer centre about VPN

With some providers, the use of e-books and other e-media is not only possible by logging on to the university network via VPN (see above), but also by logging on with your own computer centre account. The registration via RZ-Account works via Shibboleth. Shibboleth is a method for distributed authentication (Who are you?) and authorisation (What are you allowed?) for web applications. Instructions and overview of providers with Shibboleth access already activated.


Advice for pupils and guests

Since you do not have a CC-account (RZ-account), you cannot log in to the university network. Please fell free to use the magazines marked in green.



How do I find the right online database for my topic?


What are databases?

Databases collect comprehensive information on a specific topic or subject. Depending on the database, you will find books from international collections, scientific journal articles, statistics, legal texts and much more. Often the literature is directly accessible in full text. Some databases are created by libraries and research institutions and are freely available on the net. Others are produced by companies and are subject to charges. The University Library of Regensburg has licenced over 500 databases for you.


What is the database information system DBIS and how is it structured?

Via the database information system DBIS you can find all databases available at the University Library Regensburg. Please note that DBIS only has a German user interface at the moment, yet it nonetheless contains a large number of English databases, so it might still be worthwhile to give it a try.

The databases are sorted by subjects.

If you click on a database listed in DBIS, you will get further information about the content and specifics on how to use the respective database.

Databases marked in green are freely available on the net - you do not have to be logged in to use these databases.

In DBIS, select a database that matches your topic. Then search the database for your topic. You cannot search for your topic in DBIS itself.


How can I access licensed e-media via the university network?

To access databases marked in yellow, you must be logged into the university network via VPN.

You can download the FortiClient from the computer centre's VPN website. Installation options are provided for various operating systems. In order to access e-books remotely, you must select "VPN UR home" or "VPN UR public" as your profile.

Information of the computer centre about VPN.

With some providers, the use of e-books and other e-media is not only possible by logging on to the university network via VPN (see above), but also by logging on with your own computer centre account. The registration via RZ-Account works via Shibboleth. Shibboleth is a method for distributed authentication (Who are you?) and authorisation (What are you allowed?) for web applications. Instructions and overview of providers with Shibboleth access already activated.


Advice for pupils and guests

Since you do not have a CC-account (RZ-account), you cannot log in to the university network. Please fell free to use the databases marked in green.



SFX - the fast way to full text documents


Tutorial

In this tutorial of the University Library Würzburg you will learn how to use the link service SFX to get the full texts for the results you have found in databases.

How do I find books and magazine articles on my topic?


Tutorial

The tutorial "How to find books and journal articles about my topic" can be found in the UR Mediathek.

You will learn in which tab in the Regensburg catalogue plus you can find which media, how to use keywords for your thematic research and how to use the articles in "Articles & more".



How do I evaluate scientific information found on the Internet?


Criteria for citation and alternative search engines

Google will provide you with millions of search results on your topic. Very few of these search results meet scientific standards. Every hit in Google should therefore be checked for credibility. Cite sources only if these criteria are met:

  • Currency: The information is current
  • Reliability: author backs up statements with quotations (clear indication of sources).
  • Authority / Audience: Author comes from the scientific community and addresses the scientific community.
  • Purpose / Point of View: Author is interested in the scientific result and not primarily in click numbers or advertising revenue. Text, headlines and images are factual and are for information purposes only.

A good alternative are search engines that only search scientific sources, e.g. BASE and Google Scholar.



BASE


Search engines for scientific documents

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is one of the world's largest search engines for academic web documents - journals, repositories, digital collections, etc.   

The sources have been individually checked for their scholarly quality by the staff of the Bielefeld University Library and about 60% of the documents indexed in BASE are freely accessible.

For more information on how to use BASE, please refer to the Base help pages.



Google Scholar


Academic Search Engine

Google Scholar lists only scientific publications compared to the "normal" Google and is currently the world's largest academic search engine.

Websites of scientific publishers and professional societies, universities as well as PowerPoint presentations, books digitized for Google Books and book excerpts are evaluated.

Both free documents that are freely available on the Internet and paid-for offers are displayed. If you want to be able to see if the University Library Regensburg offers access to paid content, you can link Google Scholar with the University Library Regensburg. Please note that you have to be logged in at the University of Regensburg to use licenced content.

To link Google Scholar to the University Library Regensburg, simply open Google Scholar, click on the menu on the left (symbolized by three horizontal lines), go to settings and then "library links". Enter "Regensburg" as the search term and tick the box next to the search result for "Universitaetsbibliothek Regensburg - Volltext UB Regensburg".



Summary - Which online media can I find where?


E-Books

You will find e-books in the Regensburg catalogue plus in the first tab "Regensburg Catalogue". You can filter for e-books and access them via the full text button.

You can also find e-books in Google Scholar, BASE and many databases.

Some e-books are freely available on the net, others can only be downloaded if you are connected to the university network via VPN.


Articles from online magazines

Articles from online magazines can be found in the Regensburg catalogue plus in the second tab "Articles & more". For many articles the full text can be downloaded directly.

You can also find online magazine articles in Google Scholar, BASE and many databases.

Some articles are freely available on the net, others can only be downloaded if you are connected to the university network via VPN.


Online journals

Online journals (the journal as a whole, not the articles in it) can be found in the EZB and the Regensburg catalogue plus in the first tab "Regensburg Catalogue".

Using the traffic light symbol system of the EZB you can see at a glance whether an online journal is freely accessible on the net (green) or whether it has been licenced for the Uninetz and can be used via VPN (yellow).



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