Books and ebooks
Books are a good starting point when you want to find out about general theories and background information.
Use the Library catalogue to search for books on your topic. Don't be too specific in your choice of keywords. If you were looking for books about tracking shots, for example, you could search for titles about cinematic techniques and then read the appropriate chapter.
As a Falmouth University or University of Exeter student you have access to all the books in the Penryn Campus Library and the Falmouth Campus Library. You can also request to borrow books from the libraries on the Exeter campus. Here's a quick guide on how to request inter-campus loans:
The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used by libraries to arrange books via subject. Each book is issued a shelfmark number, usually found on the spine of the book, and arranged in numerical order.
- 000 Computer science, Information General Works
- 100 Philosophy, Psychology
- 200 Religion
- 300 Social Sciences
- 400 Language
- 500 Technology
- 600 Science
- 700 Arts
- 800 Literature
- 900 History & Geography
After the numbers there are three letters which refer to the author or editor of the book and are in alphabetical order e.g. 946.62 FOG is shelved before 946.62 INN.
The libraries at Falmouth and Exeter subscribe to thousands of ebooks. Using a university ebook is different to using an ebook that you might have bought for your own personal use and the following video will give you a good overview:
How to find ebooks and read online
You can search for ebooks
• Falmouth: via the Falmouth University Library catalogue or One Stop Search. Narrow your search to ebooks by using the filters.
• Exeter: via the University of Exeter Library catalogue. Narrow your search to ebooks by using the filters.
All ebooks can be read online from most browsers. You will be able to access them off campus too, as long as you have an internet connection.
If you sometimes find it hard to take in the meaning of what you read (either in print or online) or if reading on screen is particulaly challenging then visit our Reading Technologies pages to find out more about useful free apps, plug-ins and other tools to help access texts or enhance your reading skills.
University of Exeter students might prefer to use their Ebook LibGuide
How to download, print and copy from an ebook
Downloading a book or chapter from it will allow you to read it offline. This can be really useful if you are travelling and will be without internet access.
When you download an ebook, it is similar to borrowing a physical book and in most cases the book will be on loan to you for a period of time, set by the publishers. When the due date arrives, your access expires. You can always download them again.
To be able to download an ebook, you will need some software installed (most of our ebook platforms will provide a link to this software):
• Download to a IOS or android phone or device: Bluefire Reader
• Download to a laptop/desktop: Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Digital Editions software
Like physical books, ebooks are protected by Copyright Law. Most ebook suppliers have applied Digital Rights Management software to their ebooks and this will automatically limit how much you are able to print or copy.
Exeter University have a comprehensive Ebook Guide which provides instructions about how to use ebooks provided by different suppliers.
Can I ask the Library to buy ebooks from Amazon or Google eBookstore?
These sites sell ebooks to individuals and not to libraries. We will try and find another supplier of the book, but this isn’t always possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
I’d prefer to read the ebook on my own mobile device (iPad, android phone, iPhone). Is it possible?
Good instructions can be found via the Oxford University Library website
I’d prefer to read the ebook on my own ereader (Kindle, Kobo, Nook). Is it possible?
Generally this isn't possible because traditional ebook readers use their own proprietary software. However, if you have a Kindle Fire, it is possible if you download Bluefire Reader.
Why can’t Exeter and Falmouth students access the same ebooks?
Access to ebooks is governed by licencing agreements from the publishers to ensure they are only access by those who have paid to see them. Falmouth University and University of Exeter have separate licences based on their teaching needs and student numbers, and at present it is not cost effective for Exeter and Falmouth to subscribe to them jointly.
If you find an ebook that you’d like to use but are unable to due to restriction, please email email@example.com and library staff maybe able to provide a solution.
Why am in seeing ‘This ebook is currently in use’ or ‘Currently being viewed’ messages when I try to access an eBook?
Most eBooks allow multiple users to read them at any one time. However, some of our eBook suppliers limit the number of users. These include some books provided by Dawsonera. It is usually posible to reserve the book, and you will have 24 hours to 'pick it up' and use it. If you find you are repeatedly get the in use messages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the ‘Ask a librarian’ service
Why do I have to 'Request Loan' for some ebooks?
Some ebooks require further authorisation before the library is charged for them and the text is made available to you. Click on the Request Loan button if prompted and your request will be sent to the relevant librarian.