Cambridge Elements

Today marks the official launch of Cambridge Elements!

Cambridge Elements provide a completely new format for publishing scholarly material: succinct and significant, peer-reviewed research that combines the best features of books and journals.

From today, Cambridge Elements will be available to purchase via Cambridge Core through a range of options: as a complete collection, in subject or series clusters, title-by-title, or as part of an Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) agreement.  To find out more about accessing and purchasing Elements, visit the librarian information page, or download the price list.

So, what’s the hype all about?

Cambridge Elements offer an original approach to scholarly publishing: incisive, rapidly published, and peer-reviewed like a journal, Elements also benefit from the careful commissioning and series editing you would expect from a book series, with enough space to develop a theme in greater detail than is possible in a journal article.

Additionally, Cambridge Elements were conceived from the start for a digital environment, and will benefit from a range of additional features, such as video abstracts, embedded audio and video files, impact metrics, and a host of citation and annotation tools.

Want to know more?  In this video, Phil Meyler, Publishing Development Director for Science, Technology and Medicine at Cambridge University Press, explains why we are launching Elements, and what makes them different.

Translations of the Peking Gazette Online

Trial access is now enabled to the Translations of the Peking Gazette Online.

Access is available at the following link on and off campus from 10 January to 8 February 2019.

https://ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/login?url=https://primarysources.brillonline.com/browse/the-peking-gazette

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Translations of the Peking Gazette Online is a database of approximately 8,500 pages of English-language renderings of official edicts and memorials from the Qing dynasty that cover China’s long nineteenth century from the Macartney Mission in 1793 to the abdication of the last emperor in 1912.

As the mouthpiece of the government, the Peking Gazette is the authoritative source for information about the Manchu state and its Han subjects as they collectively grappled with imperial decline, re-engaged with the wider world, and began mapping the path to China’s contemporary rise.

 

 

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An early portrait of the Consort Dowager Kangci, foster mother of the Xianfeng Emperor. She hosted the selection of the Xianfeng Emperor’s consorts in 1851, in which Cixi participated as a potential candidate.

Georgia antebellum newspapers now freely available online

(Text from the original blog post published by the Digital Library of Georgia – Source: Georgia antebellum newspapers now freely available online)

As part of a $14,495 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized approximately 53,930 pages of Georgia newspaper titles published prior to 1861 from microfilm held by the Georgia Newspaper Project (http://www.libs.uga.edu/gnp/). The project creates full-text searchable versions of the newspapers and presents them online for free in its Georgia Historic Newspapers database at http://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu in accordance with technical guidelines developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress for the National Digital Newspaper Program (see https://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ . The Georgia Historic Newspapers database will utilize the Library of Congress’ open source tool, Chronicling America, for the online delivery of the full-text newspapers.Users will be able to search the database for geographic, corporate, family, and personal names.

138 pre-Civil War titles have been digitized from the following Georgia cities: Albany, Americus, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Auraria, Calhoun, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cassville, Clarkesville, Columbus, Covington, Cuthbert, Darien, Forsyth, Ft. Hawkins, Greensboro, Griffin, Hamilton, Louisville, Lumpkin, Macon, Madison, Mount Zion, Newnan, Oglethorpe, Penfield, Petersburg, Rome, Savannah, Sparta, Thomaston, Thomasville, Warrenton, and Washington.

Vivian Price Saffold, chairman of the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Advisory Committee, states: “Since 1971 genealogy researchers have depended on publications funded by grants from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation. The Foundation has funded the printing of thousands of books in traditional format. More recently the addition of digital projects, such as the Digital Library of Georgia’s newspaper project, have made possible free online access to tens of thousands of Georgia newspaper pages that previously were difficult to research. The DLG project is a great example of the kind of grant request the Foundation is proud to fund. Georgia newspapers are a valuable resource. On the technical side, the online newspaper images are sharp and clear, and the functionality of the indexing is excellent.”

About the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation

The purpose of the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation Trust is to promote genealogical research and study in Georgia in conjunction with the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Georgia Archives. Grants are made to individuals and organizations to defray the expense of publishing (print or digital) records of a genealogical nature from public and private sources. The primary emphasis is on preserving and making available to the public genealogical data concerning citizens of Georgia who were residents prior to 1851. Visit the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation at http://taylorfoundation.org/

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia https://dlg.usg.edu/ is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.

 

Source: Georgia antebellum newspapers now freely available online

Trial access – RRIMO : Recent Researches in Music Online

From 19th November until 19th December members of the University of Cambridge can access A-R Editions RRIMO : Recent Researches in Music Online

A-R Editions has published Recent Researches in Music—critical performing editions of music in seven series—since its inception in 1962. The series fall into two basic categories: editions that span the history of Western music, and editions with ties to specific cultural milieus. Most editions in Recent Researches in Music are devoted to works by a single composer or in a single genre.

Access includes the complete content of scores and partbooks that can be read online, printed or saved. The text is fully searchable.

The seven series are:

Recent Researches in the Music of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance

Recent Researched in the Music of the Renaissance

Recent Researched in the Music of the Baroque Era

Recent Researches in the Music of the Classical Era

Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Recent Researches in American Music

Recent Researches in the Oral traditions of Music

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Trial access – Aluka

Trial access has been arranged for members of the university of cambridge to Aluka : World Heritage Sites (Africa) and Aluka : Struggles for FreedoM (South Africa) from 12th November to 12th December 2018 on the JSTOR platform.

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Aluka : World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites: Africa is made up of more than 86,000 objects in 30 sub-collections. The resource links visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites.

The materials in World Heritage Sites: Africa serve researchers in African studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, Diaspora studies, folklore and literature, geography, and history, as well as those focused on geomatics, advanced visual and spatial technologies, historic preservation, and urban planning. The collection is also a tool for museums, libraries, NGOs, and government organizations that manage or oversee cultural heritage sites, as well as for experts and professionals engaged in the conservation and management of such sites.

Spatial and contextual data

Spatial data includes 3D models and plans of structures and surrounding landscapes, geographic information systems (GIS), ground plans, façade views of structures, stereo and digital images, panorama images, and digital video.

The contextual data and materials include scholarly research, books, historical and recent documents, maps, site plans or diagrams, and photographs and slides.

Aluka : Struggles for Freedom

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was one of the major political developments of the 20th century, with far-reaching consequences for people throughout Africa and around the globe. Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

The resource consists of 76 different collections of more than 20,000 objects and 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, pamphlets, speeches, and interviews with those who participated in the struggles.

Trial access – Music Online: Classical Scores Library

From 12th November until 12th December members of the University of Cambridge can access the Alexander Street Press Music Online : Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is the largest and most authoritative resource of in-copyright scores to support teaching and research in classical music. This multivolume series contains more than 53,000 titles and 1.3 million printable pages of the most important scores in classical music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. More than 4,600 composers are included, from traditionally studied composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky to contemporary artists including Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell-Davies, and John Tavener.

Alexander Street Press describe the resource as…

“…a series of four volumes with a mission to provide a reliable and authoritative source for scores of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of lesser-known contemporary works. The collections encompass all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars.”

Our trial access is to all four volumes of the library.

The resource can be browsed by title, genre, instruments, people, publishers, time periods and composers.

For information on getting the most out of the library during the trial please take a look at the LibGuide.

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Hot off the press: New Gale Digital Scholar Getting Started “Walkthrough” Guide

The trial of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab for the digital humanities in Cambridge has been running now for three weeks.

Gale has just published, hot off the press, a Getting Started Walkthrough Guide to help the TDM practitioner new to the Lab understand what it contains and how to go about mining the content with the tools inside it.

The Walkthrough Guide can be accessed here:

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/files/getting_started_gdsl.pdf

Please send us your feedback on the Lab – we want to hear from you!    Please find the feedback form here:

https://www.libraries.cam.ac.uk/e-resource-trials-feedback-form

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