New e-resource : Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics

Cambridge University members now have access to the Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics.

The study of linguistics makes connections across a wide array of scholarly concerns, from the humanities to many of the social and behavioral sciences to biology, physics, engineering, and even medicine. The study of language is central to a large number of rapidly advancing fields, such as neuroscience, cognitive science, and computer science. These overlapping domains make it challenging to stay informed about every applicable area and great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases.

Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics is an entirely new and unique type of reference tool that has been specially created to meet a great need among today’s students and scholars. It offers more than other bibliography initiatives on- and offline by providing expert commentary to help students and scholars find, negotiate, and assess the large amount of information readily available to them. It facilitates research in a way that other guides cannot by providing direct links to online library catalogs and other online resources. Organizing the resource around discrete subject entries will allow for quick and easy navigation that users expect when working on screen.

Access Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics via this direct link or the Databases A-Z.


Digital Theatre +

Digital Theatre Plus has moved to a new platform here.

You can now access a range of exciting new resources on the new Digital Theatre+, including 15 enhanced concise introductions.

In addition to the original specially commissioned essays by leading academics, these accessible and authoritative guides now include a selection of audio-visual and written materials from across DT+ to extend students’ learning and inspire further research. 

Cambridge University Libraries A-Z of e-resources has been updated.

New home for BBC Shakespeare Archive

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource has been moved from to a new permanent home with the Educational Recordings Agency, ERA.

Hundreds of new programmes and performances have been added, bringing the site up to date, and making the resource better than ever.  New programming will be added on a regular basis. The collection of stills images are not available on the ERA site.

You will need to re-register on the ERA site to gain access.

For more information about access, contact

About ERA

ERA supports the education sector by making it easy for schools, colleges and universities to harness the power of audio-visual broadcast material for non-commercial educational purposes through provision of their licence. The ERA Licence enables educational establishments to legally make recordings or copies of TV and radio programmes for educational use. 

In addition to the BBC Shakespeare Archive, ERA have produced a collection of classroom-ready resources for licensees to use, including 5000+ curated clips linked to key curriculum areas, themed playlists, subject collections and more.

עברית: ההצגה “מידה כנגד מידה”, תיאטרון החאן, בבימויו של גדי רול, תיאטרון החאן, ירושלים, תפאורה: רוני תורן, מעצבת תלבושות: עינת ניר קוש, תאורה: פליס רוס, מוזיקה: אלדד לידור ;1998English: The play “Measure for Measure”, directed by Gadi Roll, Scenery: Roni Toren, Lighting: Felice Ross, Music: Eldad Entertainment; at the Khan Theatre, Jerusalem, in 1998.

Engineering Village: Inspec, Inspec Analytics, Compendex trial access

Cambridge University members have trial access to the Inspec, Inspec Analytics, and Compendex databases on the Engineering Village platform. We are looking to understand the potential benefit of these resources to scientists in Cambridge and ask for your feedback –

You can also find out more details about the functionality of Engineering Village and Inspec Analytics here:

Your trial start date: 03 May 2021

Your trial end date:  11 June 2021

This limited trial access is for product testing purposes only and will be subject to the terms set forth in the Elsevier terms and conditions, including but not limited to the usage restrictions and limitations of liability set forth therein.

Engineering Village is a specialized discovery platform where researchers can effectively search multiple engineering databases all in one place. For more information about any of the databases available on Engineering Village, please visit the Engineering Village information page.

We strongly encourage you to explore the training materials available online at the getting started page. Created by our in-house librarian, these resources provide thorough instructions on searching in Engineering Village and helpful tips for saving time and simplifying the research process.

Access is provided to you via

Direct IP access on the University Data Network (“on campus”)

Via VPN off campus

Via EZproxy off campus

JSTOR collections available until 30th June 2022 (Lives of Literature, Security Studies, Sustainability Arts & Sciences XV)

We have access to 4 further JSTOR collections until 30th June 2022.

Please send your feedback about these collections via the online form.

Lives of Literature

JSTOR Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. Key topics include: Medieval Authors & Texts; Modernist Authors; Victorian, Edwardian & Gothic Authors; and Literary Theorists.

A complete title list is available to view here.

Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.


Discover a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

Arts & Sciences Collection XV

Collection XV has been added to our library in addition to collections I to XIV that are already available to us. A title list for this collection is available here. Now, when you search the JSTOR platform, you will have full text access to all of the collections.

Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile from Pexels

Photo ’15’ by Duncan C from Flickr.

Trial access – American Religion: Denominational Newspapers (Readex)

Trial access to American Religion : Denominational Newspapers is now active and will run until 31 May 2021.

Please tell us what you think about these archives by completing the trial feedback form here. Thank you.

Exclusive focus on American denominational newspapers during the age of religion  

More than 320 newspapers from 30-plus states, all published between 1799 and 1900 

Important commentary on such social issues as slavery, women’s suffrage and the Temperance movement  

More information about this collection here.

Trial access: British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

Trial access to the British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries has been made available until 14th May 2021.

This collection includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

Please tell us what you think about these archives by completing the trial feedback form here.

Featured content includes:

Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots

Browse a collection of letters from Mary, Queen of Scots during her imprisonment in England until her execution.  Correspondence include letters to King Philip II, Constable de Montmorency, Archbishop of Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de Medicis, Queen of France, and her last letter and will written the evening before her execution.

Occupation: Nurses

Read letters and diaries from women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries documenting their experiences nursing in a variety of medical settings.

War Diaries

Many women throughout history have survived numerous wars and conflicts. Read through various dairies written by women who lived through the French Revolution, Crimean War, and the Great Wars of the 20th century, including the diary of Anne Jane Walker Shepperd, a 26-year-old mother of three, describing daily life in London during the Blitz.


Browse letters and diaries from women as they document their travels throughout the world from fashion to food to new landmarks discovered. Countries visited and explored include: Italy, Norway, Russia, Egypt, Syria, South Africa, India, and New Zealand.

How to use eresources@cambridge: #11 Checking out a ‘Temporary Access’ title in the HathiTrust ETAS collection

Have you found a book on HathiTrust that is available for ‘Temporary Access’ that you would like to read but are unsure how to do it? Let us tell you how.

There will not be any links to a book in iDiscover or HathiTrust in case someone needs to access the book we are all using for testing.

If you see a record in iDiscover to a book with a link for the HathiTrust ETAS you will be directed to an HathiTrust record that is available for ‘Temporary Access’.

You will see results in HathiTrust and you will need to click on ‘Catalog Record’ to see links to the full text.

You should then see a record for the titles, which may contain links to multiple volumes, and you will need to click on the ‘Temporary access’ link to be able to view the full text.

If the record has multiple volumes you will be viewing all the volumes at once and, if only one print copy of the title is available in the libraries of the University of Cambridge, you will be the only person able to view these titles until they are returned.

When you click on the ‘temporary access’ link you will then see an option to ‘Check out’ the title. You will be checking this book out onto your ‘account’. You will have logged in with Raven to access the title and the book will be associated with your session while it is checked out to you.

Once you have checked the book out you will have the book to use for one hour. The title will renew automatically while you are using it. If you stop using the book it will be made available for other users once the loan period has ended.

If you have finished reading a book you can choose to make the book available for others by clicking on ‘Return early’ from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

While a book is checked out a message will appear for any other users who want to see the full text. There is no way to recall a book and it will be necessary to wait for the book to become available.

Please use the ‘Return early’ function whenever possible to make the books available for anyone else who might want to view them.

HathiTrust ETAS collection access now available

Any print book held in the University Library that is available as a digitised book on HathiTrust can now be read on their platform. Access is made available to simultaneous users only when multiple copies of the book are available in print. If one copy of a book is available in the print  collection of the University Library HathiTrust will allow one person at a time to view the digitised copy.

Access is available by logging into the HathiTrust platform with Raven.

This is a temporary service only available for the pandemic. Under the terms of the special emergency arrangement access to books on the platform will be withdrawn when restrictions to accessing the print collections are removed.

The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) makes it possible for authorized member library patrons to obtain lawful access to specific materials in the corpus, specifically digitised items in HathiTrust that correspond to physical books held by their own library when that book is not currently available due to the temporary disruption in service.

Not every book will be available to view in full. You will see that some books are marked ‘Limited (search-only)’. These books are not included in our ETAS collection as we do not hold print copies of these titles (please check iDiscover for an electronic version of the title). Titles in our collection will include a link marked ‘Temporary Access’. The ‘Full View’ records will be out of copyright texts that will remain available after our ETAS access ends.

The books that are available for ‘Temporary Access’ will be available to link from iDiscover records for the print title:

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of 200+ academic and research libraries, preserving 17.4+ million digitised items. HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitized books managed by the academic, research, and library community.

Information about ETAS is available from the HathiTrust website:

To view the HathiTrust Statement of Accessibility please see this page:

New eresource : Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876

The Readex Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 database has been  acquired from the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, who endowed the University Library with funds to support the study of the history of the United States in the University of Cambridge.

Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876—the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.  This unique resource will prove essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Created in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society—one of the world’s largest and most important newspaper repositories—this collection will provide students and scholars with easy access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, cultures and daily life. Featuring more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands, this resource will chronicle the region’s evolution across two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items.

Most of these newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Spanish-, French-, and Danish-language titles are also provided.  Countries represented include Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St. Bartholomew, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad, and the Virgin Islands. Also found within this resource are newspapers from Bermuda, an island not technically part of the Caribbean, but situated on shipping routes between Europe and this region and integrally related to this region.

Records will be made available in iDiscover for titles in this collection.

Text taken from the Readex platform