Halloween ejournal treats


Here is a selection of Halloween themed articles from ejournals@cambridge:


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Gale’s Herbarium

There is a search option on the James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts that allows you to ‘browse all manuscripts’ and then to ‘only include virtual manuscripts’. I had a quick look through ‘Newton’s Notebook’ (classmark R.4.48c), a ‘Roll of Carols’ (classmark O.3.58) and a 15th century ‘Medical Texts’ (classmark R.1.86). What will you find?

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

Manuscript O.2.48 is a medical miscellany combining the works of various authors. Part of a well-known group of manuscripts, the Herbarius corpus, the Trinity copy – donated by Roger Gale in 1738 – is one of the most extensively illustrated manuscripts of these medieval herbals. Written and illustrated in Germany in the second part of the 14th century, it contains approximately 800 drawings of plants and 40 drawings of doctors and patients. The text begins with a prayer, to recite when preparing plant-based medicines, and then explains the properties of each plant, the illnesses they are most suitable for, and how to prepare the potions. Rather than an interesting read for plant lovers, the Herbarium was a detailed manual for the general practitioner that allows us to glimpse at the life of medieval doctors, busy attending their patients and advising them on the most appropriate treatments for their…

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Oxford Arabic dictionary

New on eresources@cambridge A-Z: Oxford Arabic dictionary

Access the dictionary via this link.

Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic is a groundbreaking and unsurpassed online dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic and English.

Informed by Oxford’s renowned language research and compiled by an international team of expert advisors, the dictionary is based on language as it’s used today.

also explore the dictionary’s secondary media hub:


New journal backfiles in Social policy, Social welfare, and Anthropology

Cambridge University Library has acquired journal backfiles in the subject areas of Social policy, Social welfare, and Anthropology.  The titles are currently published by Wiley-Blackwell but were formerly published by Blackwell Publishing, university presses and anthropological societies.

All the titles are listed in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z and will be retrievable in Library Search by mid-November 2014.

The collection comprises 16 titles (see below) and just over 90,000 pages of articles, in one of which Professor Adam Kuper of the LSE (in ‘Post-modernism, Cambridge and the great Kalahari debate’, Social anthropology, vol. 1, issue 1, 1992, p. 57-71) remembers Cambridge anthropology:

“I fetched up in King’s College, Cambridge, in 1962, at the age of twenty, as a research student in social anthropology. This was still very much the pre-modern Cambridge, and for a young foreigner it was exotic and more than a little unnerving. …

The department of social anthropology presented special problems. There was no instruction in the methods of fieldwork by participant observation. This provoked a certain nervousness as the moment approached to depart for the field. We began to solicit instruction. Several of us were about to leave for Africa, New Guinea, Madagascar, Mexico . . . Couldn’t we be given some guidance about procedures?

At last Jack Goody consented to talk to us. We met in his room in St John’s College one evening in the early summer, after dinner. My image of that occasion is still vivid, for there was a May Ball at St John’s that night, and we slipped into Goody’s rooms past young men in evening dress and young women in décolletée silk gowns; and while we sat talking we could hear the dance music across the lawn. This was the image of England which haunted Edwardian travellers as they dressed for solitary dinners in deserts and jungles. However, we did not, I am afraid, learn a great deal directly that evening. Jack Goody explained that there was no real method, nothing that could be taught. The important things to bear in mind were that one had to remain healthy and on good terms with the authorities, and keep duplicates of one’s notes, sending copies home as often as possible.”

For your information now, the titles are listed below:

Australian journal of anthropology
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Child & family social work
Children & society
Gender, Work & Organization
Health & social care in the community
International journal of Japanese sociology
International Social Security Review
Journal of Historical Sociology
Scandinavian journal of social welfare
Social and economic administration
Social anthropology
Social policy & administration
Sociologia Ruralis
Sociological Inquiry

New journal backfiles for Politics

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the new acquisition of journal backfiles in the subject area of Politics.  The titles are currently published by Wiley-Blackwell but were formerly published by Blackwell Publishing, university presses and institutes and associations of political science.

All the titles are listed in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z and will be retrievable in Library Search by mid-November 2014.

From Sir Gwilym Gibbon, ‘The Civil Service and the War‘, Public Administration, 18:4, 219-289, one of the titles in the collection:

“There is, of course, behind all this an even greater problem, tragically illustrated by the present titanic struggle of war-whether, and how, man can match the fertility of his discoveries and inventions in material things with a similar fertility in the adaptation of himself and his institutions to the new conditions, or whether he must stay the pace of his mastery over the material to the slower progress of himself, in his character, outlook and habits. It must suffice here to say that it seems doubtful whether the slackening of the pace of advances in the material world is possible without reverting to a lower level of civilisation, which would happen if Hitler and his crowd were victorious, and that, if freedom is to prevail, man can scarcely resist the challenge of his opportunities and must ‘labour to find means by which the pace of advance in his own make-up, in the individual and in the group, shall keep reasonable step with that of his material conquests. This is one of the basic crises of our civilisation.”

The old Chamber of the House of Commons built by Sir Charles Barry was destroyed by German bombs during the Second World War. The essential features of Barry’s design were preserved when the Chamber was rebuilt.

For your information now, the titles are listed below:

Australian journal of public administration
Canadian Public Administration
European Journal of Political Research
Government and Opposition
GPSA journal
Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal of contingencies and crisis management
Journal of public administration (London, England)
Middle East Policy
Nations and Nationalism
New Economy
Pacific Focus
Peace & change
Policy Studies Journal
Policy Studies Review
Political Quarterly
Political Studies
Public administration
Public administration (Sydney)
Scandinavian Political Studies
Southeastern political review

New journal backfiles for Philosophy

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the new acquisition of journal backfiles in the subject area of Philosophy.  The titles are currently published by Wiley-Blackwell but were formerly published by Blackwell Publishing, university presses and philosophical foundations.

All the titles are listed in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z and will be retrievable in Library Search by mid-November 2014.

“Thus being the 16.05 from Cambridge to Liverpool Street is a purely syntactic property – it is  determined by the rule that says that any wft [well-formed train] that leaves Cambridge at (approximately) 16.05 and arrives at Liverpool Street at 17.09 is, by “theoretical definition”, the 16.05 from Cambridge to Liverpool Street.  Naturally, to infer rules from the somewhat rought and ready actual behaviour of the system will require much careful study and idealisation – but who ever thought train science would be easy? … What makes [this analogy] absurd is the idea that there is anything syntactic about this causal system at all.  To hold that it is syntactic involves a trivialisation of the idea of syntax, rendering it useless for distinguising between the causal structure of the mind and that of Network South-East … Why should we suppose that the mind has syntactic structure?” Tim Crane, ‘The Language of Thought: no Syntax without Semantics‘, Mind & Language, 5 (1990), 187-212.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.1990.tb00159.x

For your information now, the titles are listed below:



European Journal of Philosophy

Hastings Center Report


International review of mission

Journal of Applied Philosophy

Journal of Chinese Philosophy

Journal of political philosophy

Journal of Social Philosophy


Midwest Studies In Philosophy

Mind & language

National teaching & learning forum

Philosophical Books

Philosophical Investigations


Southern Journal of Philosophy


Join the conversation: Listen to : Philosophy as Dialogue.

Philosophy has always thrived on discussion. Socratic dialogue remains at its heart. Dr Nigel Warburton explores some of the great philosophical dialogues as well as the broader significance of critical debate in philosophy. Recorded at the Cambridge Alumni weekend Saturday 27th September 2014.

While for others it became a Norwegian exile.

Wittgenstein’s hut above the Eidsvatn in Skjolden, Norway

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How to find things on your reading list

Research Skills Central

This is a ‘Library and Information 101’ course: an introduction to the catalogue and the e-journals collection. The focus is very practical – it’s about finding material quickly and easily – but wrapped up in this objective is the need to understand exactly what is being recommended, and the best place in which to look for it.


Under the banner of ‘find your stuff fast’ this session aims to introduce participants to the main scholarly formats – article, monograph, edited book, textbook; to recognise them from a bibliographic entry or citation; and to establish which finding aid is going to work best for finding the material.

The session also introduces the concept of critically evaluating the reading list in order to select material that’s appropriate and useful for the task at hand, rather than attempting to read everything in sequence. Thus a second key element of this session is…

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PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International

New on eresources@cambridge A-Z : PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International

Cambridge now has access to the PAIS International database thanks to a subscription to the ProQuest Social Sciences Premium collection.

PAIS was established in 1914 for the purpose of chronicling the world’s public affairs, public and social policies, international relations, and world politics and to prepare and disseminate information, primarily bibliographic in nature, for the use of scholars, researchers, librarians, legislators, government officials, the business and financial community, policy researchers, students, and others seeking to locate published information in the realm of public policy.

PAIS (originally, the Public Affairs Information Service) combines two databases: PAIS International and PAIS Archive.

The PAIS International database contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages. It is updated quarterly with over 17,000 current records added in total each year.

PAIS Archive contains over 1.23 million records and covers monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics.  PAIS Archive provides a unique perspective on the 20th century’s most important public and social policies, such as Prohibition, suffrage, pacifism, civil rights, McCarthyism, Vietnam War, and Watergate.

Access PAIS International via this link.

Just south of Lampedusa island, the Italian Navy transfers 219 migrants to their ship. The migrants include Pakistanis, Syrians, Moroccans, Nigerians, and Nepalis who had left the coast of Libya with smugglers the night before. The Navy ship operates as part of the EU’s “Mare Nostrum” project, searching for boats with migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

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