This guide briefly covers the ACLS Humanities ebook reader.
The ACLS Humanities Ebook Reader is the most simplistic of all of the available readers. Users will find their records in McQuest, the same as any other ebook. An example is below:
When users select the “Click here to view this resource online from ACLS” they will be taken directly to ACLS Humanities’ website. At this page, they should see the cover art for the ebook, basic information about the ebook (author, date, publisher, etc.).
There is also a small list of useful links: “Contents”, “Reviews”, “Catalog Record”, “Related Titles” and “Save Citation”. This list is available both on the front page, and throughout the reader.
“Contents”, “Reviews” and “Catalog Record” are all available on the front page. Clicking those links will allow the user to drop down to that section of the page.
Clicking “Related Titles” will generate a popup window. In this window will be a list of related resources to the ebook. Some items will be linked in that list, but others may need to be searched for.
“Save Citation” requires the use of a citation management software such as Zotero or Endnote. It does not generate a citation outside of those programs.
The ACLS Humanities reader is a no frills reader. Clicking one of the chapters from the table of contents will take the user to that chapter. Some ebooks will be displayed one chapter at a time, with paragraph and page numbers inserted. The navigation arrows allow the user to move to the next or previous chapters.
Other ebooks may have other viewing options listed: “Image”, “Text” and “PDF”.
Generally, in this case, ACLS Humanities will default to “Image”. This shows the ebook as a page-by-page scan of the original print copy (similar to a photocopy). The navigation arrows in this version move the user to the next or previous page. The “Image” option also includes tools for zooming and jumping to a specific page number.
The text option will open a re-formatted, basic form of text. This option is useful if the scan has any visibility or readability issues.
The PDF option will provide the link to open a PDF of the current section or chapter in the user’s prefered PDF viewer. It is generally the same format as the “Image” option, but this option allows users to save their chapters to their own device.