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  • How to use eresources@cambridge: #8 Alumni access

    The Alumni Office of the University of Cambridge has made a number of eresrouces available for alumni.

    You might have finished studying but you still have free access to a number of online academic resources wherever you live around the world: If you completed your studies…
    • before June 2018 use your email address. Or, register for free if you don’t have one.
    • after June 2018 use your CRSid (eg: abc123).

    The eresources available to access are:

    • Adam Matthew Digital
    • Cambridge Core
    • Credo Reference
    • EBSCO Educational Databases
    • Emerald Insight
    • HSTalks Business and Management Collection
    • IOP Press
    • JSTOR
    • Karger Publishers
    • OECD iLibrary
    • Project Muse
    • ProQuest – The New York Times
    • Sage Journals
    • Sage Research Methods


    If you have any questions or want more information about access please contact the Alumni Office



    Image credit: ‘Senate House Passage, Cambridge’ by subherwal on Flickr –

    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 4:53pm
  • Trismegistos Texts Database

    Access is now enabled to the Trismegistos Texts Database via this link

    Trismegistos Texts Database

    Access is available via the link in the Cambridge Libraries A_Z of eresources.

    Trismegistos Texts is a searchable online database of metadata of all published and semi-published texts from Egypt and the Nile valley, between roughly BC 800 and 800 AD, not only in Greek, Latin, and Egyptian in its various scripts (Demotic, hieroglyphic, hieratic and Coptic), but also in Meroitic, Aramaic, Arabic, Nabataean, Carian, and other languages (currently in all 823167 records).

    Votive Plaque of King Tanyidamani

    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 4:26pm
  • Ebooks troubles – resolved. Part 3

    Screenshot of The Cambridge Campanion to Arabic Philosophy, Chapter 6 (with an error pointing at “Institution login”)

    Sometimes an academic specifies that a particular chapter of a book should be read. Some ebook providers make deep-linking to a range of pages (such as a chapter) dead easy. With others I haven’t quite found how to do this in a smoother form, so for A8 – which I am currently working on (checking for existing and potential further ebooks), the link for

    Robert Wisnosky, “Avicenna and the Avicennian Tradition,” p. 92-136, in The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosoph

    could either be

    [that link takes you to the iDiscover record, and there you will have a link to the whole book:


    [the link in the iDiscover record for the book]


    [how the above link “resolves” when you get to this CUP ebook]

    Now, all of the aboves links get you to the whole ebook, and with your Raven user name and password, any University of Cambridge member should be able to access the book. Success!

    But how about the deep link to chapter 6 in this case?

    The link could be

    [Eagle-eyed or techy peeps will notice that the URL starts with the EZ proxy server!]

    However, once you are logged-in and have access, you also have a nifty deep link, as presented as

    6 – Avicenna and the Avicennian Tradition


    That still prompts you for Raven user name and password, but that’s always the case, which ever way you try to access this chapter.

    If all fails – and that’s where the idea for this post came from: look out for an “Institutional login” (see screenshot image at the top of this post). Then you just need to find the “University of Cambridge” (whether under all Institutions, or “UK/UK Federation”). I almost always make the mistake of searching for Cambridge, if scrolling a list, under “C”, but all sites I have ever visited in this way list us under “U”, as “University of …”. CUP let’s one search for the institutions, and for “Cambridge”, the list of possible institutions is relatively short.

    Finally, if you are using Firefox or Google Chrome browsers you can also use a plug-in/add-on called Lean Library. More info at, and maybe in my next post.

    Hope the above helps!


    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 1:30pm
  • EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection – trial access during COVID-19

    The University of Cambridge currently has free trial access to EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection, via this link:,shib&custid=s3859159&groupid=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e000tww

    On their collection promotion page, EBSCO report that the collection contains over 200,000 titles, covering a wide variety of subjects including:

    A sample ebook title which has been recently requested by a University reader and is available through EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection is Beyond aspect : the expression of discourse functions in African languages by Payne and Shirtz (John Benjamins, 2015). Other publishers particularly promoted by EBSCO as having content available in the collection are:

    This page provides help about using EBSCO databases:

    Please tell us what you think of this collection using the feedback form here. Thank you.

    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 12:09pm
  • Arcadian Library Online : Access to 30 June 2020

    University of Cambridge members now have access until 30 June 2020 to Arcadian Library Online, via this link:

    Arcadian Library Online

    Tell us what you think of the collection via this feedback form.  Thank you.

    “The Arcadian Library is an exceptional, privately-owned library, which respects and celebrates the centuries-old interface between Europe and the Middle East.

    Through the rich resource of its holdings this beacon of knowledge demonstrates to the world the enduring relationship that has bound the West to its neighbouring civilization beyond the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for centuries.” — from the collection website



    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 9:46am
  • University of California journals : Access to 30 June 2020

    Free access to all UC Press journals through June 2020

    In recognition of the impact of coronavirus on campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is making all of their online journals content free to all through June 2020.

    UC Press journals span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with key subject areas that include history, literature & criticism, film & media, music, religion, and sociology.

    Access via this link:

    Tell us what you think of the UC Press journals via this feedback form.  Thank you.


    Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, Vol. 20 No. 1, Spring 2020; (pp. 83-89) DOI: 10.1525/gfc.2020.20.1.83

    A Literary History of the Mandarin Orange in Canada

    Great balls of golden wonder … round, perishable globes … Here a ripe pyramid most carefully laid …

    See how the oranges have caught up all the light!

    What joyous tones they hold

    Of vivid, bold,

    Hot colour!

    They glow like balls moulded of molten gold. (Bowman 2015: lines 113–23)


    Timestamp: 30 March 2020 - 9:26am
  • World Theatre Day – Live Theatre Collections

    We have access to a number of collections of live theatre performances that you can enjoy in your own home.

    Digital Theatre Plus captures the moments before the curtain rises and after the curtain falls, providing valuable insight into the play making process. We share the hidden drama of the weeks, days, and hours before ‘lights up’ on stage. By revealing the world of the rehearsal room, dressing room, backstage and beyond, our documentaries and interviews introduce theatre as a vibrant, exciting art form through a familiar and accessible medium.

    Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, the National Theatre Collection now contains 24 films.

    • Comedies: She Stoops to ConquerOne Man, Two Guvnors, and London Assurance
    • 20th century classics: YermaThe Cherry OrchardThe Deep Blue Sea and Les Blancs
    • Shakespeare plays: HamletOthelloKing LearMacbethJulius CaesarCoriolanusTwelfth NightThe Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet
    • Literary adaptations: FrankensteinJane EyreTreasure Island and Peter Pan
    • Greek classics: Antigone and Medea
    • World historical drama: Dara

    The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen


    Harriet Walter leads an all female cast in these three productions set in a women’s prison.

    Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015) and 2 (2016-2018)

    This collection features 21 films recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV.  Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the theatre for which he wrote.

    Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) includes 9 landmark productions from the theatre’s most recent seasons, including two productions from Emma Rice’s tenure as Artistic Director and the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

    The RSC Live Collection.

    The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

    Timestamp: 27 March 2020 - 1:46pm
  • Brepols journal archives : access to May 31, 2020

    Journal archives in the fields of medieval studies, material culture, and romance languages

    University of Cambridge members now have access to the back issues of journals published by the humanities publisher Brepols.  The back issues run from volume 1 up to 2011.  The journals now opened up are:

    Analecta Bollandiana – Antiquité Tardive – Apocrypha – Bulletin de philosophie médiévale – European Medieval Drama – Food & History – Hortus Artium Medievalium – The Journal of Medieval Latin – Les lettres romanes – Manuscripta – Mediaeval Studies – Le moyen français – Nottingham Medieval Studies – Peritia – Publications du Centre Européen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes – Quaestio – Revue Bénédictine – Romance Philology – Sacris Erudiri – Viator

    These backfiles can now be accessed via

    Brepols online

    Cambridge subscribes to many but not all of Brepols journals, so please note there are some gaps in coverage of years and volumes.

    “I Fear Greeks, Even When They Bear Gifts”: The Gifts of Alexios I and the Histories of the First Crusade, from the first issue of Viator

    Portrait of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081-1118), 



    Timestamp: 27 March 2020 - 11:11am
  • The Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library

    Earlier this week, the Internet Archive announced the launch of their National Emergency Library, making 1.4 million books available for digital borrowing to readers around the world without any waiting lists.  The Library is available here: and provides titles on a wide variety of subjects published up to the present day.

    This is excellent news for all, including Cambridge users, and we strongly recommend that readers use the National Emergency Library to search for books to help with their learning and research.  Please note that we will not be able to provide Internet Archive catalogue records in iDiscover, so readers do need to search the National Emergency Library catalogue separately.

    The National Emergency Library is easily searchable, as the screenshot shows, with a search bar on the left and one in the top right-hand corner.  If you click on the top-right one, the option for an advanced search comes up.

    When you find a book you are interested in, click on its title to go into its full record.  You can either read it immediately online or you can check it out and download it.  For the latter, you will simply need to create a personal account.

    Many of the books in the National Emergency Library come with excellent catalogue records complete with subject headings which allow the user to find other material on the same subject.  We are very grateful to the Internet Archive for making their holdings so freely available during widespread physical library closures.

    Mel Bach

    Timestamp: 27 March 2020 - 10:00am
  • Oxford Medicine Online – trial access during COVID-19

    The University of Cambridge has trial access to Oxford Medicine Online until 31st May 2020.

    The platform can be accessed from the link below;

    Log in with your Raven account.

    Please tell us what you think of this collection using the feedback form.

    Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay 


    Oxford Medicine Online is a digital platform hosting Oxford University Press’ medical titles. This resource brings together authoritative texts by world-renowned authors available online for the first time.  Over 1,000 books are available, many of which include exclusive digital tools such as videos.

    You can search across the entire platform or within individual titles.  Articles can be downloaded as PDFs and images downloaded into PPT format.

    Each month there are topical articles and a focus on a speciality.


    Included in the resource are

    The Oxford Medical Handbook series – for example The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, The Oxford Handbook of Neurology and The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry.

    Other series include – Oxford Medical Textbooks, Oxford Specialist Handbooks, and the multi-volume Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

    Image by Photouser23 from Pixabay 

    Timestamp: 27 March 2020 - 9:22am
  • RILM Music Encyclopedias : trial access

    Trial access to the RILM Music Encyclopedias is now enabled for the University of Cambridge to 31 May 2020.

    RILM Music Encyclopedias

    Please tell us what you think of the encyclopedias using your feedback form.  Thank you.

    RILM Music Encyclopedias is an ever-expanding full-text compilation of reference works that facilitates unprecedented combined searches.

    It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory, with topics ranging from popular music and rock, opera, instruments, and blues and gospel to recorded music and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Slovak, and Spanish. New encyclopedias are being added annually and the Komponisten der Gegenwart receives periodic updates. In 2020, the collection includes 57 titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising over 330,000 entries.

    Cecilia Bartoli in the Großes Sängerlexikon, 2003

    Timestamp: 26 March 2020 - 5:37pm
  • Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht ebooks available on trial until 20 April 2020

    Thanks to Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, they have opened up their ebook collections for a limited period until the 20th of April.

    German academic publisher Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht has enabled access to its ebook collection for the University of Cambridge. This access will be available until April the 20th.

    Access the ebooks here:

    Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is one of the oldest independent academic publishers in the world. It has been publishing in Goettingen since 1735. Its main focus is works in the humanities and cultural sciences.

    The ebook collection comprises over 6000 titles. Particular strong subject areas are history (over 3000 titles) and theology/religious studies (over 1500 titles) but other humanities and social sciences subjects are covered as well.

    Christian Staufenbiel

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    Timestamp: 26 March 2020 - 3:19pm