Global Plants

Cambridge University Library is delighted to inform readers of a new subscription to Global Plants from JSTOR, formerly known as JSTOR Plant Science.

Global Plants can be accessed on and off campus via this link.

The largest of its kind, Global Plants is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world.

It is an essential resource for institutions supporting research and teaching in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. Through Global Plants, herbaria can share specimens, experts can determine and update naming structures, students can discover and learn about plants in context, and a record of plant life can be preserved for future generations.


American Vogue Archive

Access is now available thanks to an agreement between ProQuest and JISC Collections to the entire archive of American Vogue, from 1892 to the current month.

Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery. For advertisements, the featured company and brand names have been assigned to the document records, and all image captions are captured to a high accuracy, allowing accurate retrieval of photographs and illustrations. Contributor names that appear in image credits, such as photographers, stylists and illustrators, are also indexed. You can also limit your search by journal editor, to find items published during the editorship of, say, Diana Vreeland (1963-71) or Anna Wintour (1988-present).

The Vogue Archive also features specialist indexing of full-page images from photo features. This has been newly created by Condé Nast, with expert indexers using controlled lists to apply keywords to each separate image within a document. There are separate designated fields for Fashion Item (e.g. kimono, Breton jacket, scoop neckline), Person Pictured, Company/brand, Designer Name and Material (e.g. chiffon, wool, taffeta).

Articles form our collection: 13th June 2014

Unlucky for some, Friday 13th:


’13’ by LEOL30 on Flickr

An explanation of why Friday 13th is seen as lucky can be found in the journal Western Folklore 01/1957, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 62 – 63, here.

The Independent lists a few unfortunate things that have happened on Friday 13th in history. Dreaded day stalks superstitious down the ages, 13 May 2005 (my favourite is no. 4, HMS Friday)

Not everybody finds this day unlucky “Thirteens surround Friday, 13th, wedding” Washington Post 14 Feb 1925: 1.

Football World Cup:


‘Flashlight [3]’ by Rick Harris on Flickr

England start their World Cup campaign in Brazil tomorrow. They might be hoping to come back to the scenes the England team faced back in 1966 “London mobs World Cup winners” The Observer, 31 July 1966: 2

To see a repeat of that success the current England squad might want to follow the guidelines laid out by Stephen Hawking which can be read in The Daily Telegraph “Hawking’s formula for World Cup success” 29 May 2014.

This study in Soccer & Society may be useful when it comes to the dreaded penalty shoot outs.”Penalty kicks in soccer: an empirical analysis of shooting strategies and goalkeepers’ preferences” vol 10, issue 2 (2009)








Video in the Academy : Presentation and Discussion

Video in the Academy : Presentation & Discussion

Milstein Room, University Library

July 16 2014 – 10:00-11:30 am.

Presenter : Gareth Bish (Alexander Street Press)

This presentation will cover the significance, increasing demand for, and transformative role of streamed video for scholarly research and teaching.

While faculty, globally, are anticipating higher use of academic video, there are still a number of challenges faced when seeking to integrate video into academic practice.

This presentation will examine how these challenges have been addressed, to ensure the best practice of video use within academia – leading ultimately to enhanced learning experience and improved academic performance.

It will also invite participants to consider what more we need to do to help make the use of video more effective within the academy across the disciplines. As such, the session will include a live demonstration, and interactive/informal Q&A and discussion.

To book for this event please visit : Book For This Presentation.


UK University Presses partner with Kudos to help authors maximize article impact

Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press and Policy Press at the University of Bristol have announced a new partnership with Kudos, a start-up service designed to help researchers and their institutions and funders measure, monitor and maximize the visibility and impact of their published articles.

Launched in 2014, the Kudos platform provides a new way for authors to use social media to engage the digital community with their research.

By creating ‘profiles’ for their published articles, and adding short titles, lay summaries and impact statements, authors can make their articles more engaging for a digital readership accustomed to strategically browsing the millions of potential papers at their fingertips.

A Kudos-led survey of almost 4,000 researchers from a range of subject disciplines revealed that 85% of responders thought that more could be done to raise the visibility, impact and usage of their work. Crucially 80% felt, given sufficient tools and support that they were in the best position to directly increase levels of visibility, impact and usage. Visibility is of increasing importance to authors, as an ever-growing number of online articles encourage readers to view research more strategically.

“It’s exciting to be working with the university press community. We share a commitment to increasing the dissemination of scholarship, and non-profit publishers often have close relationships with their research communities, which Kudos is ideally placed to help nurture and develop,” said Melinda Kenneway, Co-Founder, Kudos

“We are delighted to be working with Kudos to boost the discoverability of Edinburgh University Press journal articles and authors, in keeping with our mission to advance and disseminate knowledge and understanding via our scholarly works,” said Sarah Edwards, Head of Journals at Edinburgh University Press

Clare Hooper, Journals Publishing Manager at Liverpool University Press said, “At a time when research impact has never been more closely scrutinised, a partnership with Kudos will enhance the visibility of Liverpool University Press journal articles and ensure that the high quality work of our authors reaches the widest possible audience.”

“We’re delighted to be involved with Kudos. As a publisher aiming to make a difference to society, it’s vital to see our publications disseminated as widely as possible. This partnership will bring visibility and attention to our journal articles and help authors and funders keep track of the impact their work is having,” said Julia Mortimer, Head of Journals at Policy Press



The University of Cambridge now has trial access to Statista via

Access is on campus only.

Trial ends 31 August 2014.


Statista claims to be the world’s largest statistics portal – “Our research analysts source the most up-to-date statistical data from around the globe; our analytical approach and efficient research processes enable us to supply our clients with the data that is relevant to them”

Please send your feedback on this resource to   Thank you.



Articles form our collection

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay:

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

The University of Cambridge ‘Research‘ website currently has a feature on “D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’”.

Sir Bertram Ramsays entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography can be found here.

On May 20th 1994 The Guardian ran this story.

Admiral Ramsays personal archive is held at the Churchill Archive Centre at Churchill College.

 Cambridge University Library building will be 80 this year:


‘IMG_9483’ by Aan’Allein on Flickr


Building starts, from The Manchester Guardian 29th Feb 1928, pg 8.

Library opens, from The Manchester Guardian 16th October 1934, pg 8



Looking back at Ig Nobel prize winners:


‘Ig Nobel bill’ by David Boudreau on Flickr

In 2013 the Psychology Prize winners (Laurent Bègue [FRANCE], Brad Bushman [USA, UK, the NETHERLANDS, POLAND], Oulmann Zerhouni [FRANCE], Baptiste Subra [FRANCE])  wrote the paper “‘Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beer Holder’: People Who Think They Are Drunk Also Think They Are Attractive,”. (British Journal of Psychology, vol. 104, no. 2 pp 225)

In 2011 the Physics winners (Philippe Perrin, Cyril Perrot, Dominique Deviterne and Bruno Ragaru (of FRANCE), and Herman Kingma (of the NETHERLANDS)) looked into why discus throwers become dizzy, and why hammer throwers don’t, in Acta Oto-laryngologica vol 120, no 3 pp 390-5 titled “Dizziness in Discus Throwers is Related to Motion Sickness Generated While Spinning,”


Aslib Journal of information management & Journal of documentation

Thanks to Cambridge’s membership of Aslib, Cambridge librarians may be interested to know we have online access to the Aslib Journal of information management  and the Journal of documentation from Emerald Publishing.

Sample an article:     Astrophysicists on Twitter: An in-depth analysis of tweeting and scientific publication behavior


Access Aslib Journal of information management via this link.

Access Journal of documentation via this link.

Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice

New on eresources@cambridge A-Z: Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice

The University of Cambridge now has access to the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, an international and comprehensive reference tool for the field of criminology and criminal justice.  With contributions from a number of Cambridge academics, this work will be of interest to law and social science students and researchers working in areas of crime and deviance.

Access Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice via this link.