Halloween ejournal treats


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


Image credit: ‘Halloween Tree’ by Heather Franks on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/5rhWJr

Unwinding mummies

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Mummy of Ukhhotep, Middle Kingdom Egypt, Mummy of Ukhhotep, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1981-1802 B.C. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Come tomorrow evening, droves of miniature monsters will haunt our neighborhoods, jack-o-lantern-shaped candy bowls in tow. Amongst the groups of trick-or-treaters, though, one spooky creature will likely be absent: the mummy, which, despite being the star of many a horror film, never seems to be a Halloween costume favorite.

My guess as to why the mummy costume has never attained the cult status of, for example, the ghost is a purely pragmatic one. Dressing up as a mummy is a difficult task; cutting eyeholes into a white sheet is pretty straightforward. This is a fact that my own failed childhood attempt at dressing up as a mummy—which ended in my mother watching the rolls of gauze bandages she had dutifully wrapped around me immediately unravel—confirms.

An Egyptologist, however, might answer this question differently. For…

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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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Free Artstor and Shared Shelf webinars

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Artstor’s informative webinars are available for everyone, from those considering a subscription to experienced users.

The schedule below is separated into two sections: It begins with the Artstor Digital Library and is followed by Shared Shelf.


Intro to the Artstor Digital Library – finding images
Learn the ins and outs of keyword search, browsing by media, collection, or geography, advanced search, filtered results, and more.
November 3,  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Register now

Comprehensive introduction to the Artstor Digital Library 
Learn everything the Artstor Digital Library has to offer, from collections to tools and resources.
November 4,  3:00 PM EST Register now

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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