Online Resources for STEMM evaluation: Inspec, Inspec Analytics, Compendex, & Knovel – Tell us about your experience with access now until February 16, 2023

As part of a review of our electronic content, we are trialling access to 3 electronic resources this term. The trials will run initially from 17 January – 16 February 2023. These were identified through benchmarking with our peer institutions. We are interested to find out what you think about these resources and if/how they support your teaching, learning and research. We will use your feedback to capture academic priorities for these resources and to build a case for purchase. To take part in this, please follow the links below to try out the resources and let us know your feedback either by emailing or by completing our survey

If you have any queries or questions about the trials, please contact


Knovel accelerates your discovery of answers and insights from technical reference content sourced from over 140+ providers — so you can more quickly tap into must-have resources. Instead of limiting search to narrow fields of expertise, searches in Knovel scan across the widest multidisciplinary areas, with each offering drilling down across multiple sources to deliver all relevant data, including full-text content, equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Knovel offers video tutorials and a Quick Start Guide to help to introduce you to the database.

Inspec & Compendex on Engineering Village platform

Engineering Village is a specialized discovery platform where researchers can effectively search multiple engineering databases all in one place. We have trial access to:-

Compendex: Your engineering research begins here, with both broad and deep coverage of critical content. The amount of engineering-focused scholarly and technical literature in Compendex is vast and global in scope, featuring everything from the latest cutting-edge findings to historical research and innovations.

Inspec Direct: Stay up-to-date with the latest in engineering, physics and computer science research with Inspec Direct. Start your search to pinpoint relevant literature from over 20 million records, covering over 4,500 global journals and spanning more than 50 years:

You can explore the training materials available online at the getting started page. These resources provide thorough instructions on searching in Engineering Village and helpful tips for saving time and simplifying the research process.

Inspec Direct on IET platform

We are also trialling Inspec on the IET platform. ET Inspec is one of the most definitive databases for subject-specific and interdisciplinary research in the fields of engineering, physics and computer science. It contains over 20 million records of research literature, and for 50 years it’s been an essential discovery tool to numerous prestigious institutions around the world. You can explore the features of Inspec Direct through their User Guide.

Inspec Analytics

Understand your place in the global engineering research landscape, evaluate your research performance and make strategic decisions about the direction of your projects with Inspec Analytics, a dynamic tool based on the IET’s renowned Inspec database. Using powerful semantic mapping, our technology helps you identify trends and patterns in global engineering and physics research. Find out more about Inspec Analytics and its tools through the User Guide

All links are also available via the Cambridge E-Resources A-Z.

For advice, information, and help on this trial contact the Technology Libraries Team

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 24 : Subject guides just for you

As a member of the University of Cambridge you have access to 1519 databases (including subscribed and freely available) through our Databases A-Z.

The A-Z is organised alphabetically and offers a search box for you to find specific eresources easily.

If you would prefer to browse the list you might find it easier to use the subject drop down list to limit the A-Z to subjects for your subject area/s.

Image of the Databases A-Z with the subject drop down list showing the first few subjects available

African Studies best bets lists from the Databases A-ZYou’ll then see a list of ‘Best bets’ followed by other databases that should be relevant for your research.

If you are still unsure about the databases that might be most useful for your research you can get advice from your Department or Faculty Library team.

Image of LibGuides subject listThere are 52 subject specific LibGuides that will include information about the eresources available for you to use over the Christmas break and when your library is closed.

These subject specific guides will have been created by subject specialists and will include links to eresources you will find useful for your research. You are welcome to use any and all guides that you think might be useful to you for your research.

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Image by Yvette Fang from Pixabay

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 23 : Mintel Academic

Wondering about Holiday Spending and Trends?

Mintel Academic provides short articles focused on interesting tidbits as well as market news, in-depth reports on consumer and industry trends and the datasets to support them.



Guest post from Melendra Sutliff Sanders, Deputy Librarian, Cambridge Judge Business School


Visit the CJBS Database Guide for access to more resources available to you in Business and Finance.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 22 : Oh, Ho Ho Ho, for an Old Fashioned Family Christmas

The Advent Calendar angel advised us making your own fun is always best, and fashioning your own cards of the season is the place to start, here’s one from the collection “Posters from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives” we turned up in Cambridge’s access to the LGBTQ History & Culture since 1940, Archives of Sexuality & Gender

  • Title Old Fashioned Family Christmas
  • Date n.d.
  • Language English
  • Document Type Poster
  • Manuscript Number 886;1990-149 N
  • Source Library The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives
  • Gale Document Number GALE|KNSTJW781092784

Check out our LibGuide for other LGBTQ+ resources.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 21 : Newspapers around the world

We have access to newspapers from around the globe. They are listed on our newspapers pages as Overseas and Foreign Language Newspapers and British Newspapers.

Along with links to archive and current content from single newspapers you can also search multiple sources on platforms such as Factiva, Gallica, Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers (MENA), World News Connection, and British Library Newspapers.

Image of the MENA platform showing Christmas stories from 1961

We also have an A-Z listing of newspapers on our Newspaper LibGuide 

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 20 : JSTOR Global Plants

JSTOR Global Plants is the largest database of digitised herbarium specimens and therefore the go-to for finding high-resolution images of classic Christmas plant specimens such as holly (Ilex aquifolium), ivy (Hedera helix) and mistletoe (Viscum album).  

Ilex aquifolium L., Linnean Society of London Herbarium (LINN), LINN-HS244-1-1

Hedera helix L., Natural History Museum (BM), BM000558138 

Viscum album L., Linnean Society of London Herbarium (LINN), LINN-HS1527-15-1 

The primary sources are linked to related information in open access databases including Tropicos, Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.  

Visit the Plant Sciences LibGuide for access to more resources available to you in Plant Sciences.

We thank Frances Marsh, Department of Plant Sciences Library, Downing Site, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EA, for this post.

New eresource : Mass Observation Project 1981-2009

We are very pleased to announce that access to the Mass Observation Project is now available to Cambridge University members.

The Mass Observation Project (MOP) is a unique national life writing project about everyday life in Britain, capturing the experiences, thoughts and opinions of everyday people.

This collection consists of the directives (questionnaires) sent out by Mass Observation between 1980 and 2010 and the thousands of responses to them from the hundreds of Mass Observers. 

For help navigating the Mass Observation Project site please see their helpful user guides.

Image of text that reads "If you're interested in the social, cultural and emotional pulse of Britain at the end of the twentieth century, Mass Observation Project is the obvious place to look. It is an extraordinary resource."
Prof. Matt Cook
Birkbeck, University of London

Mass Observation Project consists of all the directives (questionnaires) sent out by Mass Observation and the responses to them from the hundreds of Mass Observers.

Addressing topics such as the Falklands War, clothing, attitudes to the USA, reading and television habits, morality and religion, and Britain’s relations with Europe, the directives and responses are an essential resource for anyone interested in late-twentieth and early twenty-first-century British social history.

Broad themes covered include current events, friends and family, the home, leisure, politics, society, culture and the media, work, finance and the economy and new technology.

The Adam Matthew Digital Accessibility Statement covers all their available resources, including the Mass observation Project.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 19 : Drama Online – Six new video collections

Have you seen what’s new this Christmas?

We are very pleased to announce a new suite of video collections on Drama Online, which explore theatre traditions from around the world and offer practical insight into the industry from leading writers and directors. These curated video collections are designed to enhance and expand your theatre teaching and research:

Shakespeare Video Collection

Playwrights and Practitioners Video Collection

Theatre Making and Performance Training Video Collection

British, American and Australian Theatre Video Collection

Asian Theatre Video Collection

European Theatre Video Collection


We hope you enjoy Harry Burton’s unique 2007 documentary Working With Pinter, featuring an interview with the playwright himself and rare footage of Pinter rehearsing extracts from his own plays.

Screenshot of Drama Online


Visit the English Faculty LibGuide for access to more resources available to you in English.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 18 : Chag urim sameach

Happy Hanukkah! Read more about the Festival of Lights thanks to our access to the Encyclopedia Judaica online.

ḤANUKKAH (Heb. חֲנֻכָּה; “dedication”), an annual eight-day festival commencing on the 25th of Kislev. According to a well-founded tradition it was instituted by *Judah Maccabee and his followers. The term ḥanukkah is found in Hebrew and in Aramaic (ḥanukta) in rabbinic literature, while in Greek it is ὸ ὲγκαινισμὸς τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου, “dedication of the altar,” (I Maccabees 4:59) and τἁ ὲγκαίνια, “feast of the dedication” (John 10:22, where it is an abbreviation of ḥanukkat ha-mizbe’aḥ, “dedication of the altar,” of I Maccabees, and of ḥanukkat beit Ḥashmonai, “dedication of the Hasmonean Temple” in rabbinic literature).”

Herr, Moshe David. “Ḥanukkah.” Encyclopaedia Judaica, edited by Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, 2nd ed., vol. 8, Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, pp. 331-333. Gale eBooks, 

אליעד מלין, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 17 : Christmas is not Christmas without –

Dickens, but did you know his works, journalism, letters, diaries, and more can all be found online for Cambridge University members at Oxford Scholarly Editions Online?

Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused—in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened—by the recurrence Christmas. There are people who will tell you that is not to them what it used to be—that each succeeding has found some cherished hope or happy prospect of the year before dimmed or passed away—and that the present only serves to remind them of reduced circumstances and straitened incomes—of the feasts they once bestowed on hollow friends, and of the cold looks that meet them now, in adversity and misfortune. Never heed such dismal reminiscences.

Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz (1837): 45. Christmas Festivities (1835)
in Paul Schlicke and David Hewitt (eds), The Oxford Edition of Charles Dickens: Sketches by Boz

“The Second of The Three Spirits” or “Scrooge’s third Visitor” John Leech 1843