As of August 1, 2018, Humanities E-Book (HEB) is live on Fulcrum. To visit the collection, visit fulcrum.org/heb. For important updates, visit the Fulcrum page on our site. Please contact email@example.com for any issues.
- HEB User Manual
- Access and Browser Requirements
- OpenURL Compliance
- Linking to Text Sections
- ADA Compliance and Accessibility
- Printing and Downloading
- MARC Records
- Titles/MARC Records Removed
- Usage Statistics (Stats)
- Proxy-Server Configuration
- IP Address Updates
- Common Access Problems
- Privacy and Data Collection
- Contact Information
Download the HEB Terms and Contract for Annual Subscription.
HEB User Manual
The HEB User Manual was designed to collect relevant information pertaining to navigation and use of the collection in one place, as a single PDF file.
Access and Browser Requirements
Books may be accessed directly from links in the MARC records that have been loaded into the catalog of a subscribing institution. These records contain stable URLs that represent the most reliable way to reach the material at our site. If a subscribing institution has an access system that requires that URLs be rewritten, such as for proxy service, statistics tabulation, etc., that institution will need to make those local modifications to the URLs as system access requires.
For most access problems (particularly off-campus), including any proxy server questions, please consult the list of common access problems at:
If you experience any browser compatibility issues, you may want to try downloading an updated browser from one of the following sites:
HEB is OpenURL compliant on the title level, but not on the chapter and page level. In order to offer the most stable link to an individual title, you may use the title-specific handle, which can be found in the book’s catalog record, and the format for which matches the following example:
You may also use the Citable Link on the title record page of each book at www.fulcrum.org/heb, located beneath the Subject. The format matches this example:
The Citable Link may be used to link to a title in the HEB collection on syllabi and course packs or on learning management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas and D2L.
ADA Compliance and Accessibility
ACLS Humanities E-Book is live on the Fulcrum platform as of August 1, 2018. From https://www.fulcrum.org/accessibility:
The Fulcrum platform aims to meet WCAG 2.1 AA Standards in both the platform and its content by providing infrastructure and resources to support accessible books, image descriptions, transcripts for audio, captions for video, and alternative formats for digitized content.
The extent to which Fulcrums meets WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act is reported in Fulcrum’s Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Version 2.1.
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printing and Downloading
Since most material on this site is licensed for online electronic distribution only, this means that users are restricted to printing a chapter or chapters for personal research use. If, as an instructor, you want to use material in a course, you can provide the Citable Link permanent URL on the title record page. If you want to photocopy a chapter for your course, you must apply directly to the original publisher or copyright holder for permission. If in doubt, or for further information, see our section on fair use.
To download a chapter, go to the chapter/section headings listed under the “Table of Contents” tab. The “Read” button will take you into the e-reader; clicking on the “Download” button generates a PDF of the chapter.
Do not distribute the download link — HEB titles can be accessed by subscribers in a variety of ways, which impacts the URL generated.
A chapter may be downloaded or printed at a time. This is generally sufficient for following a citation or extracting a quotation and follows HEB’s policy for fair-use rights and limitations.
Please note, HEB’s XML titles on Fulcrum currently do not support chapter downloads. (updated 5/1/19)
MARC records are available free to subscribers and can be downloaded here.
As of August 2018, the following files are available:
- HumanitiesOpenBook_MARC.zip (13 records, representing the 13 Humanities Open Book Program titles on the HEB platform as of August 2017)
- acls15.zip (includes 258 records, representing the 259 books added in August 2018)
- The data for Vol. I & II of The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce are consolidated in a single record.
- acls14_REMOVED (includes 3 records, representing 3 titles removed from the collection in August 2017. Note, no titles were removed in the 2018 release.)
- acls1-15.zip (includes records for all books in rounds 1-15, totaling 5,409 titles). Note that some MARC records are consolidated for multi-volume sets.
New subscribers or those who have not recently updated their catalogs should download the cumulative file, acls1-14.zip, which includes MARC records for all HEB titles currently available. (Also see below for a list of all titles removed to date.)
PLEASE NOTE: The records are MARC21, USMARC records, in Unicode UTF-8 format. There is a discrepancy between the number of records and the number of books in the collection due to the fact that multi-volume sets share a single record. Every effort has been made to bring these records up to current national standards.
- Record Type: a – Language material
- BLvl: d – Subunit of a collection
- 001 System-supplied control number
- 005 Date and time of latest transaction
- 006 Form of material: m – Computer file Type of computer file: m – Combination
- 007 Record characteristics for remote access computer file format for textual data
- 035 A unique identifier of the record
- 040 MiU |c MiU (University of Michigan NUC symbol)
- 090 LC call number derived from the original print version
- 260 Record publisher information pertinent to the original print source
- 300 Physical description for the original print source
- 533 Reproduction note on the processing of the page-image version – or
- 534 Original version note for text-based items
- 6XX Relevant LCSH assignments
- 7XX Additional access points
- 830 Uniform title series added entry
- 856 URL for Electronic access
MARC records are provided “as is.” Some options for MARC editing tools can be found on the Library of Congress’s website: http://www.loc.gov/marc/marctools.html. One free program, MarcEdit, can be downloaded here: http://marcedit.reeset.net/downloads.
Subscribers may share the HEB bibliographic records and metadata with third-party, not-for-profit databases as well as other service developers and providers working to make this data more broadly accessible as long as the records are not being resold by any party.
Records for all HEB titles, complete with OCLC IDs, are also disseminated via WorldCat, and are available as a separate WorldCat Collection set.
Titles/MARC Records Removed
Since HEB went live in September 2002, 161 titles have been removed from the collection. Libraries can download a list of those titles (including removal dates) here.
Usage Statistics (Stats)
Institutional subscribers can access their stats for our new platform, Fulcrum, at www.fulcrum.org/counter_reports. Stats have been recorded here since our migration on August 1, 2018. You can still access stats from before July 31, 2018 at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/s/stats/subscriber (choose ACLS Humanities E-Book (acls) in scrolling menu).
HEB stats are COUNTER 5 compliant. The COUNTER 5 standard is markedly different from COUNTER 4. The biggest difference comes in the way the reports count the number of hits. Your stats look different because the new COUNTER 5 standard shows use in a very different way and Fulcrum provides readers with a more modern way of reading which doesn’t rely on individual page views in a page turner.
IMPORTANT: Several reports are available, but for details on title usage HEB subscribers should draw on the Title Master Report with the total item requests metric. For general platform usage, subscribers should draw on the Platform Master Report using the total item investigations metric. For details on chapter downloads, subscribers should draw on the Item Master Report using the total item requests metric.
*We strongly encourage you to consult the resources below for more information:
NOTE: HEB tracks usage through IP access only. Consequently HEB does not track off-site institutional access through ATHENS or SHIBBOLETH. Athens and Shibboleth users need to combine the results of HEB stats with those stats for an accurate picture of usage.
NOTE: HEB also does not track off-campus password access for secondary schools that do not use a proxy server. Consequently, depending on how HEB is accessed at those schools, stats for HEB may seem unexpectedly low.
Proxy Server Configuration
If your campus uses a proxy server, it generally needs to be configured with the host names and/or domains of our servers. Please note, since the DLXS platform will remain live until December 2018, librarians should keep the DLXS proxy stanza in place until notified otherwise. Questions? Email email@example.com.
As of August 1, 2018 these are:
New Fulcrum Configurations
Existing DLXS Configurations
Title ACLS Humanities E-Book
For the proxy service to take effect, users at your campus or institution need to access the service via a connection through the proxy server, not directly. Your proxy server administrator can provide you with a proper URL for linking to our service; ensure that your users are entering via that URL.
IP Address Updates
If you would like to add an IP address to your authorized range (or remove one), please send us your update request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, and the data will be forwarded to our technical support team. We will send a confirmation when the update has been made. Please note there is no separate log-in allowing subscribers to independently enter updates.
Common Access Problems
If you experience problems that result in being prompted for authentication, inability to reach the authentication page itself, or receiving a message that collections are not authorized, please consult: http://www.lib.umich.edu/digital-library-production-service-dlps/dlps-common-access-problems.
Please note that, as stats in our system are tabulated only by IP address, off-campus access via Shibboleth will not be tracked as part of a subscriber’s usage stats. Shibboleth users will need to track any off-site hits separately. This can be set up through RAPTOR.
Privacy and Data Collection
The University of Michigan Library, which hosts the HEB collection, may collect some data about your institution’s use of HEB in order to improve services and to integrate with university teaching and learning initiatives. It is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of user data in compliance with federal and state laws and professional standards. Follow this link to read the university’s Library Privacy Statement, which governs Michigan Publishing’s hosting of HEB.