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Digitisation and Copyright: Information for Students

Advantages for you

By digitizing resources, there are obvious benefits for you:

  • click straight to digitized chapters and articles

  • the latest reading for your modules

  • integration into Primo and Blackboard

  • e-books and texts full of articles and journals can be instantly accessed

  • personal reading record

  • improved study experience

  • makes key texts available to all students irrespective of cohort size

  • provides access to material the library does not hold

Accessibility

The CLA licence allows enlargement/reduction/reducation of type/fonts/alternative colour and left/right justification (and any other techniques to make content more accessible) of any quantity of material provided that:

  • the material is covered by the CLA licence

  • the copies are for the exclusive use of students or staff with any recognised disability in the Disability Discrimination Act for educational purposes only.

  • the material is not already available in an acceptable alternative format e.g. electronic text.

  • the University owns a copy of the original published edition of the material and that this is available to other students.

Under the Copyright Act the entire work can be copied into another format. You must include the full bibliographic information of the original published edition and note that the copy be identified as being made under the Copyright Act.

Optical Character Recognition

Our new scans have Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and can be used with screen reader software such as Read and Write, which is available on all computers in the University's computer rooms. 

To find the software, log on to the computer, click on Start and type the software name in the search box.

With the Read and Write software you can:

  • Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with choice of natural voices

  • Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries

  • Develop writing skills with word prediction and a grammar, spelling and confusable words checker

  • Support independent student research with valuable study skills tools

Accessing digitised content in BlackBoard

To view digitised chapters or articles in BlackBoard, follow these instructions:

  • Login to BlackBoard

  • Find the module

  • On the left hand side menu, click on Aspire Reading List

                    

  •  An item with a green dot against it means it is available as a hard copy in the Library to retrieve from the shelf. 

       

  • Click on the item and you will be redirected to Primo to source the classmark and location. 

  •  If you see the symbol against an item, this means Library staff have digitised a chapter/article.

  • Click the extract title.

  • The digital scanned extract processed by library staff will open from the Digital Content Store (DCS) platform with a copyright notice at the front. It will look like this:

  • You can read/download/print the chapter/article. 

Accessing digitised content in Aspire

To view digitised chapters or articles in Aspire, follow these instructions:

• Go to aspire.aber.ac.uk and log in

• Type the module name and / or code into the search box

• A digitised chapter or article can be identified by the resource type 'chapter' or 'article' and the View online icon alongside the item

• Click View online

• The digital scanned extract processed by library staff will open from the Digital Content Store (DCS) platform with a copyright notice at the front. It will look like this:

  • You can read/download/print the chapter/article.