During the COVID-19 emergency, we have been able to temporarily expand our access to some electronic resources while access to campus buildings is restricted. Many of these resources are already discoverable through OneSearch and the Libraries’ A-Z list of electronic resources. Much of this expansion is possible due to the generosity of the materials’ publishers during this time of unprecedented virtualization, and UT Libraries extends our thanks to them.
HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access to Print Holdings
HathiTrust, an international consortium dedicated to the preservation of library materials in digital and physical formats, will allow UT Knoxville users access to read online 1.4 million in-copyright titles that the UT Libraries holds in print only. Out-of-copyright titles are openly available in digital format as well. As a one-to-one replacement for print copies currently inaccessible in UT libraries, this program follows legal allowances for digital preservation. Read more here.
Expanded JSTOR Backfiles
Our subscription to JSTOR has been expanded through the Fall of 2020 to include access to journal backfile collections in:
- Security Studies
- Lives of Literature
- 50 additional titles in business
- 86 additional titles in ecology and botany
- 25 journal titles in public health
- and a greatly expanded e-book collection (expanded book access through August 31, 2020)
Streaming Access to Docuseek Films
Docuseek will grant UT streaming access to several films that we had purchased on DVD. Streaming access to these additional titles will be available through August 30, 2020.
Electronic Course Books
While physical course reserves are unavailable, the Collection Strategy team is working to acquire electronic access to materials that had been placed on reserve. These materials will be added to OneSearch as they are available.
Science Direct has made their collection of electronic textbooks freely available through August 31st. These 250+ titles will be discoverable through OneSearch.
The following collections were provided or expanded on a temporary basis for Spring 2020 only, and not all content is currently available through the Libraries. Researchers needing continuing access to resources in these collections should contact their subject librarians to discuss their specific needs.
- Oxford Scholarly Editions (trial ended May 18, 2020).
- The VolShop worked with VitalSource to make Spring 2020 electronic textbooks available free to students (access expired May 25, 2020).
- Our subscription to Sage Knowledge was temporarily expanded to include the complete collection of e-books and reference sources (expanded access through May 22, 2020; we continue to have access to selected materials in this collection).
- Our subscription to Science Direct e-books was temporarily expanded to include access to all titles for unlimited users (expanded access through May 20, 2020; we continue to have access to selected materials in this collection).
- Simultaneous-user limits were temporarily removed for:
- Human Kinetics Library (trial ended May 31, 2020).
- EBSCO provided free access to the complete collection of Harvard Business Review E-Books (access through May 31, 2020).
- Burleigh Dodds Publishing provided electronic access to our collection of their print titles (access ended June 8, 2020).
- Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy (trial ended June 15, 2020).
- We had access to additional reference works through Cambridge Core, including the Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online, and Elements titles, discoverable through OneSearch (access ended June 29, 2020).
- World Scientific allowed us access to their complete journal collection, with archives beginning in 2001 (expanded access ended June 30, 2020).
- Much content on Project MUSE was made openly available by participating publishers (expanded access ended June 30, 2020).
- Springer made 407 textbooks openly available (access ended July 31, 2020).
Simultaneous User Limits
EBSCO, Proquest, and the Cochrane Library temporarily removed limits on the number of simultaneous users who could read E-books in their collections. While this exemption has ended, the E-books affected remain available to our patrons. Faculty who are using E-books for their courses may contact their subject librarians to confirm that the number of licenses available is appropriate for their needs.
National Emergency Library
The Open Library, a project of the Internet Archive, provides an extensive, crowdsourced catalog of books and access to electronic versions of public-domain material. During the National Emergency in the United States, Open Library had suspended borrowing limits on the in-copyright works in their collection. Note that the legal status of these loans is unclear while they are not limited to replacing an inaccessible print copy. Under legal pressure, the National Emergency Library has returned to controlled digital lending of in-copyright works as of June 16th.
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