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i) How can I find a specific resource quickly ?

To locate a resource by its title:

  • Go to the eresources@cambridge home page
  • At the links marked Click on the relevant letter of the alphabet
  • Browse to title of the resource
  • Click on the link - some resources have seperate links for off campus access

ii) What resources are available in my subject area ?

To view eresources in your subject area:

  • Go to the eresources@cambridge home page
  • Choose a subject area from the drop-down menu headed: 'Find by subject'
  • A new page will appear. A full list of databases covering your area appears at the bottom

iii) Why are many eresources restricted to Cambridge users only ?

Many of the eresources available to Cambridge users are licensed resources; paid for, managed and maintained by library staff. The terms of the subscription often state that they are generally only available to active students, faculty and staff of the University.

As such, access is limited to computers within the Cambridge domain, or to those with a current Raven username and password.

iv) How can I access a resource off campus ?

Off campus access to most resources is now mainly controlled via Raven username and password. The computer service is also offering a VPDN ( Virtual Private Dial-up Network) service which will also allow off campus access. See our Raven FAQ for more information.

v)I can't see a Cambridge or Raven login on an electronic resource, it only mentions Athens

Some publishers have not yet configured their systems to allow users to log in directly via Raven (Shibboleth). To overcome this problem Cambridge users are routed through a local server (Ezproxy) which allows them to log in with Raven passwords and appear as though they are on campus. For access to these resources users must use the links in ejournals@cambridge or eresources@cambridge or the Newton catalogues, as appropriate. It is not possible to Google the title and connect directly.

vi) I can't access a resource despite being on a Cambridge PC

Some PC's on Cambridge are using private IP addresses. This means that they do not have a Cambridge domain IP, but instead need to be on a section of the network that is configured to appear externally as part of the Cambridge domain.

Use the IP address checker to determine your PC's IP address and see if it is private. If needs be, contact your local computer officer for assistance

vii) How do I access resources on my laptop?

You can access resources on your laptop using either the University of Cambridge Wireless service, UniOfCam, or Eduroam

Information on the UniOfCam service is available here: Wireless networking at Cambridge. Contact the University Computing Service for further help.

Help on setting up EduRoam can be found here: Eduroam - JANET Roaming Service, with detailed guidance for Cambridge users here: eduroam for Cambridge users

viii) How can I find the full text for a specific citation ?

The ejournals@cambridge citation search is the best means to locate full text when you already have a specific citation or DOI:

  • Go to the eresources@cambridge home page
  • Click on the ejournals tab
  • Click on the advanced ejournal search link
  • Fill in as many details as you can - the form does not need to be complete. If in doubt about the authors name, leave it out
  • Fill in as much date information as you have. Volume and year are more important than page numbers
  • Use an ISSN where possible
  • Enter a DOI (digital object identifier) into the box at the bottom
  • Click on the large purple go button

ix) Where can I perform a literature search for my subject area ?

LibrarySearch+ is a good means to start literature searches:

  • Go to any eresources@Cambridge subject page
  • Enter a search term
  • Select a search type (Keyword, Title, Author)
  • Click on the search button
  • If you are off campus, you will prompted for a Raven username and password
  • Your results will be displayed. The page may take some time to fetch results from multiple electronic resources
  • As you identify eresources that cover the subject areas you are interested in, you should try to make use of their native interfaces where possible. They provide more options and flexibility than either CrossSearch or google Scholar
  • View the LibrarySearch+ help for more details on literature searching
  • Staff in subject libraries can also provide assistance with literature searching in resources for a specific area

x) Where can I get training materials for a particular resource ?

  • Where training guides are available, they will be linked to beside each resource as it is listed on the subject page
  • The University Library also runs a Research skills programme, with course information available online

xi) Where can I search for ebook titles ?

  • ebooks are increasingly being catalogued alongside printed books in LibrarySearch.
  • ebook platforms also have extensive search facilities. Contact the ebooks@cambridge team for help with finding and accessing ebooks from Cambridge's growing ebooks collection

What is an ejournal ?

Ejournals are journals which are available electronically on the World Wide Web. Ejournals, providing full text of articles and features, can be divided into two basic categories:

  • Parallel electronic editions - which correspond to the conventional printed editions
  • Full electronic editions - which have no printed equivalent

These pages provide links to both types of journal. Links to journals providing table of contents information only are not included.

Can I access ejournals from off-campus ?

Access to electronic journals varies between service providers. For many, on-campus access, and in some cases off-campus access, is available without the use of a password. Where indicated below, a password is required. This will be a Raven password. For more information on Raven, view this FAQ.

To check your IP address, use the IP address checker.

I cannot access an ejournal. Why not and what should I do ?

First check the ejournals list for the titles and dates we subscribe to. We do not subscribe to all ejournals, and even if there are others from that provider that we do subscribe to, if something is not on this list, we do not subscribe to it. If the ejournal is on this list, check the access table to see if there are any access restrictions - for example, some ejournals cannot be accessed off-campus. The next step is to use the access table to check that you have and are using the correct password. Outside the University Library, only current staff and students of the University can access ejournals.

If you should be able to access a journal, and still cannot, fill in the problem report form. We will investigate the problem and get back to you.

Can I print and download from ejournals? Are there any copyright restrictions ?

There are copyright restrictions on ejournals in the same way as there are on paper journals. You are usually allowed to print or download one copy of one article from each journal issue for non-commercial purposes. This is usually described as 'fair use'. Please refer to the copyright statement of each service provider for more details of what you may legally use from each title. This statement will be on the websites of the individual ejournals.

It is your responsibility to make sure you stay within copyright law. Please be aware that in using the ejournals you are agreeing to the service provider's terms and conditions, including copyright, and that service providers do monitor use of their resources, scanning for evidence of copyright abuse. The service providers will ask us to suspend the access of anyone they do find breaking copyright law and we are obliged to comply with this request.

Can I provide off-prints from electronic journals for student use ?

University Library staff have received queries concerning the legality of providing copies of articles for student use from electronic journals as these are not covered by the established CLA guidelines.

It is true that since electronic journals are not covered by the CLA Licence, all use made of them outside the normal statutory permissions is governed by the licence we have signed, if any, or by the publisher's standard terms and conditions.

Some of the larger electronic journal deals are negotiated nationally on behalf of the higher education sector by Content Complete Ltd on behalf of JISC. This arrangement is based on the successful two stage National Electronic Site Licence Initiative (NESLI and NESLI2). Wherever possible the final agreement will use the standard model NESLI2 licence, which allows:

'Authorised Users to incorporate parts of the Licensed Material in printed and electronic course and study packs hosted on a Secure Network in the course of instruction. Each item shall carry appropriate acknowledgement of the source, listing title and copyright owner'.

This would cover making a copy from an electronic journal to keep in a library to support the teaching of particular course. As with copies made from printed journals, the copies should not be kept permanently, but only for as long as they are needed.

Publishers who use the NESLI2 standard licence terms in include Elsevier, Cell Press and Blackwell Science.

There are many publishers who do not require subscribers to sign licences, but their standard terms and conditions of use apply. In these cases the scope for negotiating variations is very limited, as our only sanction is not to subscribe to the journal.

What this has highlighted is the need to publicise the licence conditions applying to our electronic journal collection, both in respect of study packs and the similar issue of using electronic journals to fulfil inter-library requests. We will be investigating ways of providing this information systematically to librarians in future. In the meantime if you have any queries about particular titles which you like to include in study packs, please contact Stephen Dale (

What is a journal impact factor ?

A journal impact factor measures the frequency with which the average article from that journal has been cited in a particular year. The greater the average, the higher the impact factor of the journal. The impact factor of a journal is shown in the Journal Citation Reports, available through the Web of Knowledge.

I have a journal abbreviation. What is the full title of the journal ?

Journal references are sometimes given with an abbreviated title. Journal Abbreviation Sources has lists of journal abbreviations and their meanings.