Sovetskaia kul’tura Digital Archive (1929-2013)

Trial access is now available for Kul’tura (Culture) until 28 February 2014.

Moscow subway station, Okhotny Ryad, escalator ca. 1935, Municipal Archives of Trondheim, Flickr :

Kul’tura (Culture) is an important Russian weekly newspaper previously published under the titles Rabochii i iskusstvo (1929-1930), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1931-1941), Literatura i iskusstvo (1942-1944), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1944-1952) and Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991).

In 1944, only 8 issues of Sovetskoe iskusstvo were published. The lack of database content for this period is not a gap, but reflects the publication schedule during these challenging years.

An indispensable source of information on the developing and ever changing attitudes towards arts and culture in the Soviet and Russian societies. Throughout the years the newspaper articles reviewed major events in Russian cultural life, in literature, theater, cinematography and arts. In the Soviet period it published critical diatribes against dissident writers Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Aksyonov and others, infamous articles condemning modern art exhibitions, chastising avant-guard composers and abstract painters. In modern Russia its reviews and event listings often focus on the cultural life of Moscow and regions, it is known for its topical commentaries on popular culture and politics.

Access the trial now via this link.

Please send feedback on the trial before the end of 10 th February 2014 to

Mediterranean Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Mediterranean studies

Panoramic view of the Santorini caldera, taken from Oia, Leonard G. Wikimedia Commons :

The Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization that promotes the scholarly study of the Mediterranean region in all aspects and disciplines.  Mediterranean Studies focuses on the Mediterranean world over a broad chronological span—from Classical Antiquity to the present day. The journal’s interdisciplinary approach includes work on the arts, religions, cultures, histories, and literatures of the Mediterranean world. Contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including archeology, English, Jewish studies, history, comparative literature, medieval studies, religion, and art history. Such varied and rich contributions make for vibrant conversations across several disciplines.

Access Meditierranean studies via this link.

Journal of Land Use Science

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Land Use Science.

Legend Swatches

‘Legend Swatches’ by Matt’ Johnson on Flickr

From the Taylor and Francis website for the journal:

“The study of the nature of land use and land cover, their changes over space and time, and the processes that produce these patterns and changes can be termed ’land use science’. Land use science is necessarily an interdisciplinary science since land uses are influenced by, and influence, environmental, ecological, social and economic systems through a complex series of natural and socio-economic processes, including management and decision making.

“Land use science, therefore, adopts an integrated approach that couples natural and human systems and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between social, economic, behavioural, environmental, ecological, biological and atmospheric scientists. Land use scientists must also draw on a broad range of interdisciplinary scientific methodologies and enabling technologies.”

The journal is published 4 times a year.

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2006) to present.

Access Journal of Land Use Science via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Cognitive Neuroscience

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Cognitive Neuroscience

Neuron Tessellation

‘Neuron Tessellation’ by Zachary Veach on Flickr.

From the Taylor and Francis website for the journal:

Cognitive Neuroscience publishes high quality empirical and theoretical papers on any topic in the field of cognitive neuroscience including, but not limited to: perception, attention, memory, language, action, decision-making, emotions, and social cognition.”

“The journal fills an important niche in the market by publishing shorter papers (up to 4000 words) with fast reviewing and rapid online publication.  In addition, longer discussion papers will evaluate current hot topics in the field with critical analysis in the form of peer commentary (8000 word reviews, 800 word commentaries).”

The journal is published four times a year.

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2010) to present.

Access Cognitive Neuroscience via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Chemistry Drop-in Session


Start the new year by solving all your ebook worries!

Date: Wednesday 29th January

Time: 1pm – 2pm (pop in whenever you like)

Venue: Cybercafé, Department of Chemistry

Chemistrydropin   ChemistryLibrary

Got any questions about using ebooks? Come along and talk to the ebooks@cambridge team, who will be available in this informal session to answer any queries. We can show you how to find, access and download titles, and look into any problems you may be having.

Feel free to bring along your tablet, mobile, or e-reader – there will be Wi-fi available. We will also have a range of devices available for you to try. For more information see this poster created by the Chemistry library team.

If you are not sure where to go, go to the Department Reception and you will be directed from there.

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New eresources (February 2014)

The closing date for new eresource recommendations and comments on recommendations is:

Monday 10 February 2014.

To add a recommendation for a new eresource please use the form here.

Cambridge librarians may add comments to recommendations using the link to the eresources recommendations database provided on the page here.

Decisions on new eresources will be taken on 19 February 2014 and recommenders will be contacted soon thereafter.


Any queries please complete and send this form.

(if you see a message on the recommendation saying “Comments on this recommendation are now closed.” please just ignore this.  Thank you.)

Another way to get involved in OA

Edit for the DOAJ!

DOAJ is looking to recruit unpaid volunteers, with language skills, that can help the DOAJ maintain the levels of quality for the journals that are accepted into the Directory, as well as reviewing those already in the Directory.

DOAJ says “We’re especially interested in those of you who have an interest or experience in scholarly publishing, journals and, of course, open access.”

More info can be found here

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Ecology of the Mojave Desert

‘Ecology of the Mojave Desert’ by PNNL – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on Flickr

A journal of the Ecological Society of America.

From the website for the journal:

Frontiers is aimed at professional ecologists and scientists working in related disciplines.

Frontiers covers all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects, focusing on global issues, broadly impacting research, cross-disciplinary or multi-country endeavors, new techniques and technologies, new approaches to old problems, and practical applications of ecological science.”

Now available electronically to the University of Cambridge from volume 1 (2003) to present.

Access Soil Science via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Artstor just got (even) friendlier to use

Artstor has improved its functionality for giving presentations with Artstor images and for downloading images as well as starting a new forum for teaching with Artstor … and more.

You can now export image groups of up to 150 images as PowerPoint presentations and you can also download batches of up to 150 JPG files from image groups in a zip file.

Additionally, Artstor has doubled the maximum number of images that can be exported or downloaded in a 120-day period from 1,000 to 2,000.  And Java has been dropped, making the Digital Library safer to use.

A new Teaching with Artstor discussion list is a forum for sharing ideas about teaching and where your questions can be addressed.

Artstor has launched the Selected Monuments project with images, related artworks, and teaching materials for significant works of art.

Try also Artstor’s YouTube channel and Artstor blog.


New online journal: Hegel Jahrbuch

Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) mit Studenten. Lithographie.

The Hegel Jahrbuch is the yearbook of the Internationalen Hegel-Gesellschaft founded in 1953 by Wilhelm Raimund Beyer (1902-1990) in Nuremberg. It has been published since 1961 and includes the contributions of the International Hegel Congress.

Access Hegel Jahrbuch via this link.