New E-Resource : KISS (Korean Studies Information Service System)

Cambridge University members now have access to KISS (Korean Studies Information Service System), one of the most important databases for Korean academic journal articles.

The user guide for KISS is available here.


Readers interested in this database should also explore Dbpia, another full text database containing over 2,000 Korean scholarly journals. A full list of Korean e-resources is available here.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z .

New Open Access E-Resource : Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States is a curated selection of primary sources for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans.

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The Black Freedom Struggle website will include more than 2,000 documents curated around six crucial phases of the U.S. Black freedom struggle:

  • Resistance to slavery by enslaved persons and the abolitionist movement of the 19th century
  • The end of slavery during the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era
  • The fight against Jim Crow segregation
  • The New Deal and World War II
  • The Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement from 1946-1975
  • …and the contemporary Black experience since 1976.

This new open access website has been set up with the intention of supporting a wide range of students, independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the US and the fights against it.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z .

International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics – trial access

University of Cambridge members now have access to the International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics on the OECD iLibrary platform until 1 March 2022.

Access the OECD iLibrary via this link.

  • or individually by each DOIs databases:

Send your feedback via Eresource Trial Feedback Form.

First live jazz broadcast on

University of Cambridge members and musicians enjoy access to, subscribed by Cambridge University Libraries for the Music Faculty.

We’re thrilled to hear that, a few days ago, live from the Philharmonie de Paris, spent a jazzy moment in the company of the extraordinary Chucho Valdés—renowned composer, dynamite pianist, expert arranger, and legendary pioneer of Afro-Cuban jazz.

Valdés opened the festivities with an incredible solo recital, before moving on to one of his own compositions, La Creación, through which he recounts the emergence of Yoruba culture, of West African origin, in the Caribbean. has added this to Cambridge’s subscription, though it is normally only available as part of the jazz collection (which is an as-yet unsubscribed part of

To access the Val recording scroll down on the home page to “must see replays” or go directly to

Trial access – Qwest TV

Trial access to Qwest TV is now active and will run until 31 December 2021.

Access is provided to you via

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

Via VPN off campus

Via EZproxy off campus

(Please click ‘Sign in’ on the Qwest TV home page to gain access.)

Qwest TV is a video streaming service dedicated to jazz, soul, funk, blues, hip-hop, electronic and classical music, with access to over 1,300 concerts, interviews and documentaries. Featuring personal selections from guest curators such as Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Chick Corea and Youssou NDour.

Please tell us what you think of this resource by completing the feedback form here. Thank you.

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E-resources update : Bloomsbury Popular Music has moved!

Bloomsbury Popular Music has migrated on to the new Bloomsbury Music and Sound platform. The previous URL for Bloomsbury Popular Music will be redirected to the new URL: (on-campus access) (off-campus access)

You can also access this digital library from the Databases A-Z or via individual title records for the 260+ e-books included in iDiscover.


This digital library for global popular music brings together leading scholarship and interactive tools to hit the right note for research and learning. It is a resource for students across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

  • Multiple volumes from the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, with new volumes from top international contributors added regularly.
  • More than 150 volumes of the widely acclaimed 33 1/3 and 33 1/3 Global book series, providing in-depth analysis of influential albums across diverse musical eras, by artists ranging from Caetano Veloso to Public Enemy 
  • An expanding range of scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list, comprising edited volumes, biographies, and historical overviews 
  • An illustrated Timeline of Popular Music back to 1900, including dates of 33 1/3 series albums, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles
  • An interactive World Map enables users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region that is most relevant to their work
  • Artist pages including curated related content, and biographical information on hundreds of artists and musicians. The artist page biographies are written by André Diehl and Robrecht Herfkens, and will be added to the complete set of artist pages over the forthcoming content updates.

A list of the titles included in the library can be downloaded from the Bloomsbury website.

New Iranian online journals & books, uniquely available at Cambridge University Libraries

We are delighted to announce: The Department for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University Library has purchased an annual subscription to two Iranian full text searchable e-resources launched by Noorsoft of the Computer Research Centre of Islamic Sciences (CRCIS) accessible to members of Cambridge University from September 2021.

Noormags contains about  2216 journal titles, 92795 journal issues, 1322750 articles, 21 subjects, and 524538 authors and these numbers are growing gradually every month.

The journals on the website are categorized into twenty one subjects: social sciences, law, history, geography, economy, language and literature, political sciences, management, psychology, library and information sciences, art and architecture, philosophy and theology, the Qur’an and Hadith, Fiqh and usul (Islamic jurisprudence and its principles), physical education, ethics, religions, educational sciences, accounting, health and interdisciplinary.

The articles available on the website can be downloaded in both HTML and PDF formats in full text and full image.

NoorLib is a full text searchable library of e-books mainly in Arabic and Persian containing 48163 titles in 70695 volumes (by 30327 authors) on the humanities, Islamic sciences, social sciences and more.

Dr Assef Ashraf has commented on the content:

“For what it’s worth, my own view is that these are excellent resources. I have used both extensively in my research. They provide access to difficult-to-obtain and in many cases quite important journal articles and primary sources, among other things. Noormags, for instance, has back issues of pre-revolutionary historical journals like Bar’risi-ha-ye tarikhiYaghma, and Yadigar, not to mention post-1979 journals, that have published rare sources. So they are well worth exploring.”

NoorMags and NoorLib are available via the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z of eresources or directly via the following links:

NoorLib Digital Library


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Trial access – North Korean news databases

Trial access to North Korean news databases NK News, NK Pro and KCNA Watch is now active and will run until 15 November 2021.

These independent specialist databases provide current information relating to North Korea, including analysis and news in English as well as advanced searching of archived North Korean media (news, magazines, and TV). In addition to the main NK Pro site, we will also have full access to KCNA Watch and NK Cast during the trial.

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

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NK News – North Korea news and analysis

NK Pro – Databases and research tools including NK leadership tracker, ship tracker and missile tracker

KCNA Watch – Database for accessing and searching official North Korea media

More information about this service is available here.

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Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture


From Intellect Books:

“Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture is a peer-reviewed journal that offers a space for debates on the important nexus of migration and culture. It promotes diverse global and local perspectives by fostering cutting-edge research in this area, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary methodologies.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 12 (2021) to present.

Access Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture via the ejournals A-Z or at this link.

Image by TheAndrasBarta from Pixabay

New E-Resource : African Diaspora, 1860-Present

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the  African Diaspora, 1860-Present database on the Alexander Street Press platform.

Essential for understanding Black history and culture, African Diaspora, 1860-Present allows scholars to discover the migrations, communities, and ideologies of the African Diaspora through the voices of people of African descent. With a focus on communities in the Caribbean, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, and France, the collection includes never-before digitized primary source documents, including personal papers, organizational papers, journals, newsletters, court documents, letters, and ephemera form.

After the abolition of slavery, African diasporic communities formed throughout the world. The circumstances and histories of the establishment of each community were quite different, and as a result, the experiences, cultures and ideologies of the members of these communities vary significantly.

African Diaspora, 1860-present brings these communities to life through never-before digitized primary source documents, secondary sources and videos from around the world with a focus on communities in the Caribbean, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, and France. With content from key partners like The National Archives and Records Administration (US), National Archives at Kew (UK), Royal Anthropological Institute, and Senate House Library (University of London), this first release of African Diaspora, 1860-Present offers an unparalleled view into the experiences and contributions of individuals in the Diaspora, as told through their own accounts. Future releases will include further insights into African diasporic communities with the papers of C.L.R. James, the writings of George Padmore and many more sources.

Major themes include:

  • Migrations of people of African descent to countries around the world, from the 19th century to present day.
  • Diasporic communities including Afro-Brazilian communities in Rio de Janeiro, Black British communities in London, Sidi communities in India, Afro-Caribbean communities in Trinidad, Haiti, and Cuba.
  • Movements and ideologies, including the Back to Africa movement and the Pan-African movement.

Text taken from the Alexander Street Press platform

Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels

Also available to access via iDiscover and the Databases A-Z .

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