Finding e-books at the College Library

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 58, No. 6, July August 2016, Page 330 College Library

The College Library provides 24/7 access to electronic books (e-books) that can be read either on your computer or on most mobile devices. Library users have access to e-book versions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2016, the DSM-5, and hundreds of other current clinical titles across multiple disciplines.

To retrieve a list of e-books in our collection, search the Library’s online public catalogue at Enter any text into the search box and select the e-book option to limit the results to e-books. Click the search button to display a list of related e-books. Click on a title in the search results to open the full record, and under the Media Link heading click on Available to College members to open the e-book on your device. If you are not logged in to the Library website, you will be prompted to enter your CPSID and password to display the e-book.

For a more precise retrieval of subject-specific e-books, use the catalogue’s Advanced Search option. As an example, you may enter “family practice” in the search field and limit the search to e-books to retrieve results from the Library’s collection specific to that subject area.

As well as e-books, the Library has many other e-resources available to College registrants. Explore the available e-resources at and contact library staff at for any assistance regarding our many e-resources.
—Robert Melrose


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Robert Melrose. Finding e-books at the College Library. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 6, July, August, 2016, Page(s) 330 - College Library.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

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