New Russian and Ukrainian historic and rare newspaper archives online: Niva digital archive, Vestnik Evropy archive; and, Donetsk and Luhansk collection

The University Library is delighted to introduce to Cambridge three new digital archives comprising historic and rare newspapers from nineteenth century Russia and from the recent period of insurgency in the Ukraine.

Together these archives encompass the political and cultural life of the pre-Soviet era Russia and the voices of the separatist movements fighting for the establishment of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, in the reporting of 10 newspaper titles through 2013 to 2015.

Niva digital archive

Niva, an illustrated weekly journal of literature, politics and modern life was the most popular magazine of the late-nineteenth-century Russia. It was published from 1870 to 1918 in St.Petersburg. The journal was widely read by an audience that extended from primary schoolteachers, rural parish priests, and the urban middle class to the gentry. It contained large colored prints of art by famous Russian artists. The journal had a section on Russian classical writers: Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many others. By the early 20th century Niva had a circulation of over 200,000.

The Niva archive includes its supplement Dlia detei (“For children“), of only 12 issues printed in 1917.

“I would have pawned this money with pleasure” — Dlia detei, 1917:6

Vestnik Evropy archive

One of the first Russian literary and political journal. Together with literature and arts the journal enlightened its readers on problems of internal and foreign policy of Russia, history and political life of foreign countries. It became conservative since 1815

Donetsk and Luhansk collection

This database incorporates 10 rare newspapers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk (Lugansk, in local spelling) regions of Ukraine. Both Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic were established as independent state entities after local referendums conducted in May 2014 and organized by the separatists leaders. Although the results of the referenda have not been recognized neither by Ukraine, the EU or the United States, its direct result led to an all out war between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists resulting in thousands of deaths from both sides.

Although punctured by several significant developments, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine took several dramatic turns grabbing the attention of the media around the world. The two most dramatic events that redefined the perceptions of the conflict both locally and globally, were the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, or MH17, over the city of Torez, Donetsk Oblast, and the Battle of Illovaisk, where an estimated 1000 Ukrainian military personnel were killed. If the result of the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing was the jarring realization in the West of the international implications of the conflict, the Illovaisk debacle effectively forced the government in Kiev into negotiations with Insurgents and their Russian backers. Naturally the western media as well as those in Ukraine and Russia were awash with analysis of both watershed moments, with diametrically opposed narratives, spins and counter-spins. And although insurgent leaders were almost omni-present in the Russian media to tell “their side of the story,” their international media visibility has since diminished.

Since at least the Russian Revolution of 1917, rebels of all stripes have understood the power of media in shaping the information field and have made no little effort to control them at the first chance. Therefore it is no surprise that following their declaration of independence from Ukraine, the pro-Russian insurgents have taken over the media, both independent and formerly government-run, both print and broadcast, thereby influencing and controlling the information flow to and from territories under their control. Aside from taking over already existing media, these new governments, and their backers have created new media outlets, with limited circulation, but with a much tighter agenda reflecting the war-time mood.

Staying true to its motto Uncommon Information, Extraordinary Places East View Information services has been able to acquire some of these new newspapers and incorporate them into a single database allowing analysts and researchers unprecedented access to articles and reports from these insurgent regions at the most important and critical junctures. Thus researchers will be able to read news reports and local analysis on the above-mentioned two critical events as insurgents understood it, and as insurgents wanted them to be understood providing an invaluable if critical insight into the local thinking, especially important given the fact that many of these areas are still dangerous no-go zones.

Newspapers in this database cover the important period of military hostilities between the unrecognized states and the government of Ukraine (2013-2015) and contain valuable research material for anyone studying the development of separatist movements in this part of the world


Lidar Digimap now included with Aerial Digimap

Aerial Digimap is expanding; earlier this year Edina added a new tranche of Getmapping Plc’s detailed, 25cm resolution orthophotography images, covering around 30% of the country. A second update is expected, which will provide data flown in 2016 to go into the service over the next academic year.  Aerial Digimap has the most detailed aerial imagery available as a national coverage and working towards it being the most up-to-date collection too.

And we have more good news for you…

At the beginning of June, Lidar Digimap was made available for users to preview until 31st July 2017.  We are delighted to advise that as part of our Aerial Digimap subscription users will have continued access to Lidar Digimap until 31st July next year.

More information about the Lidar Digimap collection can be found here:

and here:


Reference and User Services Quarterly moves to OA

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue.

RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

“It is essential for RUSA to clearly live the values that we espouse as professionals; the move to open access is an important step in that direction,” states RUSQ Editor, Barry Trott. Read more about the transition from the editor in the first open access issue out this fall.

RUSQ has earned its distinction as a major title in the literature of librarianship, dating back to its origin in 1960 under the title RQ. The RUSA board is pleased with the decisions and invites librarians everywhere to engage with RUSA and its many authors through RUSQ,” says RUSA President, Chris LeBeau.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need. Learn more about RUSA.

Scientific American joins JSTOR Life Sciences

First published in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US. The magazine has published articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and built a loyal following of influential and forward-thinking readers. The archives of Scientific American include articles penned by Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stephen Jay Gould, Bill Gates, and more.

Scientific American is being included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection; the full run of the journal from 1845 to 2012 will be available, with new content added each year. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR’s coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences.

Today, Life Sciences is JSTOR’s largest collection, totalling more than 10 million pages, with approximately 300,000 pages of new content added each year.

The addition of Scientific American to the collection provides access to a large gap, from 1869 to 1908, in our current provision of the archive online from other sources, and can be accessed via this link:

The recent fatal collapse of the Bridgman Building in Philadelphia, which took place while it was yet under construction, sounds another warning as to the great perils attaching to careless construction of armored concrete buildings, and the growing necessity for the very strictest supervision of such work. Never has the engineer developed a more useful material of construction than when he devised that ingenious and thoroughly scientific combination known as armored or reinforced concrete. On the other hand, never did he open up to the eyes of the unscrupulous and “shoddy” builder such prospects of unlawfully but quickly acquired gain. Intelligently designed, carefully compounded, and put together with due deliberation and proper time allowances for setting and bonding, armored concrete is one of the cheapest and most reliable forms of building construction the world has ever known. But whenever the design is in­trusted to incompetent hands, and the construction done by contractors whose sole concern is to rush the work and secure early payments for the same, armored concrete is one of the most perilous materials that could be imagined. Already the ignorance and cupidity which are rampant have succeeded in putting armored concrete under a heavy cloud of distrust, from which it will take many a long year to recover. If the public is not to lose entire confidence, some speedy reform or drastic preventive legislation must be quickly introduced. The design of reinforced con­crete, at least in the case of the more important structures, should be restricted to engineers and architects who are familiar with this branch of the arts, which should be safeguarded by laws drawn up for its special protection

— Scientific American, August 7, 1907, 97, 7: 114

Migration to New Worlds, Module 2 trial access

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the second module of Migration to New Worlds until 31 August 2017.

The Migration to New Worlds resource is accessible via this link or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.

Please send your feedback on this trial to Rachel Rowe, Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies, email:  Thank you

Module 1 of Migration to New Worlds was acquired by JISC Collections for the nation in 2015.  Module 2 is entitled “The Modern Era” and begins with the activities of the New Zealand Company during the 1840s and presents thousands of unique original sources focusing on the growth of colonisation companies during the nineteenth century, the activities of immigration and welfare societies, and the plight of refugees and displaced persons throughout the twentieth century as migrants fled their homelands to escape global conflict.

This later chapter of the migration story is brought to life through organisational papers, providing detailed insight into the daily running of services for new immigrants (particularly in the United States); government correspondence and pamphlets encouraging immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada; oral histories, objects and accounts documenting key personal reflections on European migration experiences and correspondence, scrapbooks and journals outlining colonisation schemes in New Zealand and the United States.

PDFs not downloading in ScienceDirect

Please be aware that there is currently a problem on the ScienceDirect platform whereby full text

HTML is available but attempting to download a PDF of the article results in a paywall.


In order to obtain the PDF we would suggest trying a different browser and/or deleting all the history, cookies and cache from your browser before closing and re-opening it.

Elsevier are currently working on a fix with the highest level of priority.