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  • Diabetes technology & therapeutics

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Diabetes technology & therapeutics

    From the Mary Ann Liebert  website for the journal:

    “The only peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of diagnosing and managing diabetes with cutting-edge devices, drugs, drug delivery systems, and software.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 15 (2013) to present.

    Access Diabetes technology & therapeutics via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 18 October 2018 - 12:45pm
  • North American Journal of Celtic Studies

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : North American Journal of Celtic Studies

    From the Ohio State University Press website for the journal:

    The North American journal of Celtic studies is the official journal of the Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA). Founded in 1976, CSANA fosters research in all aspects of Celtic studies – including literature, language, history, law, folklore, art, and archeology. Unlike other journals of Celtic studies, NAJCS provides a forum for publication across all disciplines and all time periods that bear upon Celtic studies. “

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2017) to present.

    Access North American Journal of Celtic Studies via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 18 October 2018 - 9:25am
  • Virtual exhibition: Royal Commonwealth Society’s 150th anniversary

    RCS Library, Northumberland Ave, London, 1930s (RCS IIH_28)

    This year the Royal Commonwealth Society collection at Cambridge University Library is celebrating two very significant anniversaries: 150 years since the society’s formation in 1868 and 25 years since the University acquired its library in 1993.  The RCS was initially established as the Colonial Society to promote knowledge and appreciation of Britain’s overseas territories.  From the beginning, it was conceived of as an intellectual endeavour where papers would be presented at meetings and published in the society’s journals, and the creation of a research library was at the heart of the project.

    Fingo witch doctor, Barbara Tyrrell, 1948 (RCMS 211_43)

    Over the years the library has developed into one of the world’s great resources for the study of the more than 50 nations which form the modern Commonwealth, containing more than 350,000 printed items, 900 archival collections, 150,000 photographs, and significant collections of artwork and artefacts.  The wealth and diversity of the collection has justly won it the nickname within Cambridge as ‘a library within a library.’

    Current St. Mary at Isle Ronde, Montreal, Alexander Henderson, 1875 (Y03062B_2)

    Since the arrival of the collection in Cambridge, great efforts have been made to maintain and expand the society’s original intellectual vision, integrating it into the University’s teaching and making it accessible to students, scholars and the general public from across the world.  The RCS department’s many projects to research, catalogue, digitise, exhibit, promote and teach from this rich and diverse collection are too numerous to mention here, but they have been reported in previous blogs and on our home pages.

    Cypriot boy, John Thomson, 1879 (Y308B/27)

    During the last year alone, departmental staff assisted more than 1700 researchers wishing to consult the collections, a figure which emphasises its enduring significance.  We have many exciting initiatives planned for the future too.  On 28 October for example, we will be hosting an exhibition to highlight our collections relating to the Arctic and Antarctic as part of the University’s annual Festival of Ideas.

    The Whistle, Singapore, 1942 (RCMS 396)

    The RCS collection is celebrating these two important milestones with a virtual exhibition on Cambridge Digital Library presenting more than 100 of its most stunning pieces of artwork and photographs.  Nothing could provide a fuller introduction to the depth and breadth of the collection: the traditional dress of southern Africa, Cyprus and the Maori; ports, railways, industry, agriculture, arts and crafts from Canada, India and Pakistan; Australian birds and Jamaican ants; schoolchildren in Malta and architecture in Mauritius; gold weights from Ghana and a panorama from Sierra Leone; ships from Saint Helena and the Falkland Islands; the Commonwealth at war and a unique journal from a WW2 prisoner of war camp in Singapore. All these subjects and more appear in the exhibition. Please also have a look at our other digital collections, which include the archives of Second World War civilian internment camps. The virtual exhibition goes live today and we are delighted to welcome visitors to the Library from the RCS’s international branches to celebrate with us.




    Timestamp: 18 October 2018 - 8:00am
  • Inside the Marshall Library by Barbara Heindl, Work Experience Student from Berlin State Library

    When I first applied for an internship at the UL Cambridge, I didn’t expect to get a glimpse into such a diverse landscape of libraries which is part of a university that is at the least just as diverse! Having studied Literature at the University of Tübingen in southern Germany, having started my PhD in Cultural Studies in Frankfurt/Oder and working now in the Berlin State Library while getting another master’s degree in Library- and Information Sciences from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, I thought I knew what to expect. But Cambridge doesn’t work like most other universities. Here, there’s not only the UL, the faculty and departmental libraries but also quite a few college libraries: That means that the entire system works differently and whilst in Germany more or less every person working in a library is called “librarian”, Cambridge offers that title but to the heads of libraries. 

    cc-by-sa Martin McCormick

    However, after two weeks in varied departments of the UL, I got the chance to spend one week in the Marshall Library and that was quite distinct from what I am used to!

    © Marshall Library
    The day starts off rather calm in the Marshall Library but that changes around 10 a.m. when a wave of students arrives. Most of them try to spend about an hour working in between classes and take the chance to return or borrow books. As library staff, it’s easy to see which books have been recommended in the previous class because the corresponding copies are in a very high demand. 
    Both in the Berlin State Library and in the UL library life follows other rules and is a little less dependent on the schedules of students. Most of the readers come in during the morning, find their preferred desks and then stay until the evening, working on a paper or some kind of book etc. Being above all a place for students also implicates special tasks – some of which might also be a little special to Cambridge. Libraries around Cambridge University try to get hold of as many reading lists as possible in order to provide students with whatever they might need. That means that library staff is checking each and every list to make sure that enough copies are available and that no one has to check different libraries to get that one book you’ll desperately need for your essay. That service is by no means standard in other universities where either students have to figure out how to get their books or teaching staff is scanning page after page – usually poorly paid. But it’s not all about books, e-books and journals: The Marshall Library also offers training about finding literature and data searching. The Library also provides access to databases and economic data. 

    Nor is the Library exclusively about students, the Marshall Library also supports researchers in Economics.  More and more funders expect researchers to publish open access and to provide open data. Researchers might be happy to learn that the Marshall Library knows what makes a good Data Management Plan and how to deposit works in Apollo. What is more: Did you ever think about the impact factor of your paper or the H-index? As that is part of bibliometrics, the library can help understanding these – controversial – measurements and can tell researchers about other possibilities, i.e. about Altmetrics. That might not sound too fascinating and certainly isn’t idealistic research. But it might help to demonstrate the importance and potential impact of one’s work.
    As for me, I really enjoyed helping at the lending desk because I usually don’t get to meet the people for whom I’m actually working. In Berlin I’d only spend two hours twice a month at an information desk in the reading room and so it was quite a pleasure to be in touch with the students! 
    As the Marshall Lectures take place in November, I was able to get to know somebody else: Robert Shiller. He will lecture on two occasions and the Marshall Library will put on an exhibition about his life, his works as well as books held in the Library. There will even be a video.

    Timestamp: 17 October 2018 - 4:50pm
  • IKON : Journal of Iconographic Studies

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : IKON : Journal of Iconographic Studies

    From the Center for Iconographic Studies website for the journal:

    “IKON is an annual publication published by the Center of Iconographic Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka.

    “IKON promotes a wide range of contents and themes of iconographicstudies, focusing on the role and function of “image” within the period and place of its origin as well as its contemporary reception and discernment. The journal seeks to present different perspectives in understanding and interpreting images incorporating cross-disciplinary studies and recent results in other complementary disciplines.

    “The languages of the Journal are English, Italian and French with Croatian and English summary (in case the article is submitted in other languages than English). Each article is double- blind reviewed according to the strict reviewing procedure.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 2 (2009) to present. Our access will be for the current year with 9 years of rolling archive access.

    Access IKON : Journal of Iconographic Studies via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 17 October 2018 - 12:47pm
  • Canadian Journal of Chemistry

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Canadian Journal of Chemistry 

    From the NRC Research Press website for the journal:

    “Published since 1929, this monthly journal reports current research findings in all branches of chemistry. It includes the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical-theoretical chemistry and newer interdisciplinary areas such as materials science, spectroscopy, chemical physics, and biological, medicinal and environmental chemistry as well as research in chemistry education.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 76 (1998) to present. Volume 29 (1951) to volume 75 (1997) are available as Open Access.

    Access Canadian Journal of Chemistry via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 17 October 2018 - 11:05am
  • Princess of Asturias award: Fred Vargas

    Fred Vargas (pseudonym of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) has recently been awarded the Princess of Asturias award in its literary category. Cambridge Professor of  Classics, Mary Beard, received the corresponding award for Social sciences in 2016. Although Fred Vargas is a historian … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 17 October 2018 - 11:00am
  • Digital humanities: Text mining using Gale Digital Scholar Lab

    The University Library has acquired digital archives from Gale Cengage, a publisher of large primary source materials, including historical documents and newspapers.   These digital archives are now available within a new resource called the “Gale Digital Scholar Lab” which has been specifically designed for the purpose of enabling text-mining and analysis.

    Using the Lab you can search the archives as you would on their native platforms and build content sets from these search results.   You can make multiple content sets and analyse the corpus that you amass using the tools provided in the Lab.  The tools available in the Lab now are all Open Source (and it is the ambition of the publisher that these will be expanded on over time): Topic Modelling (Mallet); Frequencies (Lucene); Clustering (SciKit Learn); Parts-of-Speech Tagger (spaCy); Sentiment Analysis (OpenNLP); Named Entity Recognition (spaCy); Ngrams (Lucene).

    The Lab promises to open up new possibilities for the relative newcomer to digital scholarship in this area, allowing natural language processing tools to be applied to raw text data (OCR), facilitating new discoveries and insights.  The Lab makes much of visualization of results and data and thus lends itself to scholarly sharing and “bridging the gap between scholarly resources and faculty researchers/students”. The Lab facilitates organisation of content sets, including renaming, duplicating and versioning as well as identifying the searches used to create the content set, which makes sharing and reproducing research projects easier than is usually the case.   Archives included in the Lab to which Cambridge has access for analysis are:

    17th and 18th century Burney collection

    19th century UK periodicals

    British Library newspapers

    Economist historical archive, 1843-2014

    Eighteenth century collections online

    Illustrated London News historical archive, 1842-2003

    Making of modern law: legal treatises, 1800-1926

    Nineteenth century U.S. newspapers

    Times digital archive

    Times literary supplement historical archive

    U.S. declassified documents online


    The access to the Lab is on a trial basis to help Cambridge assess its usefulness to the practitioner and to encourage and promote the resource to digital humanities scholarship in Cambridge generally.   Access is available now from the details below, up to 31 December 2018.

    Please contact to obtain the username and password.   The username and password will be supplied to the enquirer by return email.

     When you first login you will be requested to create a user account using your Google account or your Microsoft account.  We recommend that you use the Microsoft account option which connects through to your institutional account via the University of Cambridge login page.

    Due to the nature of the access as trial only, restrictions are in place around export of documents.

    Feedback on the trial is welcomed.  You may prefer to ask that it is sent to your library’s email address or you can use the in any communication you do and we will collect what we receive for onward sharing in 2019.

    Timestamp: 16 October 2018 - 6:05pm
  • Journal of Scottish Philosophy

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Scottish Philosophy

    From the Edinburgh University Press website for the journal:

    “The Journal of Scottish Philosophy (JSP) publishes innovative work by philosophers and historians of ideas on all aspects and every period of the Scottish philosophical tradition – philosophical psychology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and moral philosophy, political and social theory, from the late scholastics of the 15th century through the 18th century Enlightenment philosophers to the Scottish Idealists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has a special interest in the writings of Thomas Reid, and in the influence and impact of Scottish philosophy on the foundations of theology and education in North America.

    “The journal is international in scope. Its referees are drawn from experts across the world, and it regularly includes contributions from philosophers and scholars in Britain, continental Europe, Canada, the United States, Japan and South America. In addition to the publication of substantial articles, the Reviews Section provides critical notices of both important new monographs and new editions of the works of major Scottish philosophers.”

    “Published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, one of three research centres based at Princeton Theological Seminary.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2003) to present.

    Access Journal of Scottish Philosophy via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 16 October 2018 - 2:42pm
  • Journal of Professional Capital and Community

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Professional Capital and Community

    From the Emerald website for the journal:

    The Journal of Professional Capital and Community is an international, professionally refereed, scholarly journal, reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of the nature and impact of interactions and relationships in the education profession, especially in the school sector.

    “For the first time, in one single place of scholarly research and inquiry, this journal brings together the most influential leading thinkers and emerging scholars on professional cultures, communities and collegiality and how they all contribute to or impede the development of the professional capital in schools and school systems that enhances students’ learning, wellbeing, achievement and engagement.

    “The journal raises and addresses issues like individualism and collaboration in teaching, the processes involved in building professional cultures and communities, leadership and team building, coaching and mentoring, collective responsibility and evidence-based transparency. The journal addresses how collaboration evolves over time, how it can become sustainable, what its impact can be on quality of teaching and student outcomes, how it produces and also depends on dynamics of risk and trust, and what relationships it has to other aspects of educational reform and improvement such as school competition, assessment and accountability and curriculum standards.

    “The Journal of Professional Capital and Community looks at how professional culture and community and the ways to invest in and build professional capital vary across continents, countries and cultures. The journal identifies the positive aspects of professional interactions and relationships but also raises critical questions about how professional culture can be manipulated, how professional collaboration can be restricted and misused, and how collegiality can become constrained or contrived.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

    Access Journal of Professional Capital and Community via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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    Timestamp: 16 October 2018 - 10:27am
  • Trial access: New digital collections from the National Library of China Publishing House

    The National Library of China Publisher House has made the following three new digital collections available to Cambridge on trial access until 10 December 2018:

    Early Twentieth Century Book in China, 1912-1949

    The Republic of China Era (1912-1949) is an important and special transformation period in China history, new thoughts and old thoughts were integrated, while Chinese and western cultures were exchanged, which had brought a special cultural landscape. It is also the beginning of modern Chinese science. After the eastward transmission of western sciences and the fusion of Chinese and western cultures in the Republic of China Era, a lot of great scholars appeared, and had brought profound impact to Chinese science and thoughts for later ages. The Republican Era documents were overlooked in the past, papers were seriously damaged and the protecting situation is some worrying. Therefore, in view of the historical and academic values of the Republican Era documents as well as the document protection condition, it is necessary to develop an online collection for the books published in the Republican Era.

    Early Twentieth Century Book in China, 1912-1949 ( Historical Books in the Republic of China Era) contains over 180,000 titles, 30 million pages and 10 billion letters (also includes 1,534 titles published in 1900-1911). It will be updated to 200,000 titles in 2020.

    Access the trial here:


    China Rare Book Reprinted Collection

    China Rare Books Reprint Project is an important cultural project initiated by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance, after their long time and deep investigation and research, summing up the experience and lessons from the history on books missing, and considering about the current storage of rare books, to ensure the inheritance of the precious books, and provide the convenience use to the rare books to the academic world, thereby to exalt the splendid traditional culture.

    In this project, catalogue selection is directed by Li Zhizhong, Fang Guangchang, Shi Jinbo, Bai Huawen, Feng Qiyong and other ancient book experts. Over 1,300 titles of rare books in the best condition and best edition have been selected from the unique copies and rare editions collected by more than 50 libraries including National Library of China, Shanghai Library, Peking University Library and British Library, etc., and have been reprinted by using the original format, photographic platemaking and simulating print. There are five volumes in the collection covering from Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) to Qing Dynasty (1636-1912): Tang Song Volume, Jin Yuan Volume, Ming Dynasty Volume, Qing Dynasty Volume and Chinese Minority Script Ancient Book Volume.

    Access the trial here:


    China Historical Biography Resources

    The materials of Chinese historical people are really very rich. Besides standardized biographies such as general biography, supplementary biography (including chronicle) and non-official biographies, there are also a lot of historical materials in official history, privately compiled history, local chronicles, genealogy, tabulation pamphlets, epigraph, catalogues and the documents in literature collection. Biographical resources are scattered among many kinds of resources which are hard to search, therefore, National Library of China Publishing House has published this database cooperating with the Data and Analysis Center of Peking University combining with the advantages of the two parties. The product has been listed as an important achievement in the first group of digital publishing transformation and upgrade project in China.

    Access the trial here:

    Please send feedback to: Thank you.

    Timestamp: 15 October 2018 - 12:41pm
  • Lean Library – a new browser extension that helps you access full text off-campuss

    Say goodbye to paywalls, confusing publisher websites, or logins that don’t work when you’re trying to access full-text articles.

    Lean Library is a browser extension for University of Cambridge staff and students that delivers full-text articles to you from wherever you’re searching: Google, iDiscover, Pubmed, or any other database or search engine. It works with most browswers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. To install it, click on this link and follow the instructions. Make sure you select University of Cambridge as your institution.

    Once it’s installed, you will see a little icon that looks like the one below in your browser toolbar.

    Once Lean Library has been installed, it will automatically detect full-text versions of articles that are freely accessible to University of Cambridge students, researchers and staff through University Libraries subscriptions, and will link you to those versions of the articles. If Cambridge doesn’t subscribe to those journals or articles, Lean Library will point you towards Open Access versions instead. It’s designed to work off campus (i.e. outside University of Cambridge wifi networks and on non-Cambridge PCs), and will ask for your Raven login the first time you use it. This is the message the browser plugin icon will display if you click on it:

    And, for example if you are searching Google Scholar, this is how it will display results (note that the icon is now green):

    See here for more details, or contact the Medical Library at with any questions.

    The post Lean Library – a new browser extension that helps you access full text off-campuss appeared first on Medical Library.

    Timestamp: 15 October 2018 - 11:00am