Trinity Carol Roll

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

Manuscript of musical notation ‘Deo gracias Anglia!’ or the ‘Agincourt Carol’.

The Trinity Carol Roll (Trin MS O.3.58), a parchment scroll over six feet long, is the earliest source for English polyphonic carols. Dating from the early 15th century in East Anglia, the roll contains words and musical notation on a five line stave for thirteen carols in Middle English and Latin. These include the patriotic ‘Deo gracias Anglia!‘, also known as the ‘Agincourt Carol’, celebrating Henry V’s victory over the French in 1415, and the popular ‘Ther is no rose’, which was later arranged by Benjamin Britten for his Ceremony of Carols in 1942.

Not all of the carols are intended to be sung at Christmas. A carol in the Middle Ages was a festive song sung at any time of year, often religious in theme but not a part of church worship. They were often the accompaniment to circle dances, processions…

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Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries

Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries.
As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, The European Library developed a historic newspapers browser that enables users to perform full-text searches in millions of historic newspaper pages.

“Having access to newspapers from across Europe….allows us to look for circulation, not only for origins: to study routes rather than roots, to work on what we call transliteratures.” says Amélia Sanz, researcher and professor of comparative literature and cyber culture at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
The prototype interface has undergone usability testing in spring 2014. On the basis of the recommendations received, The European Library simplified the search page and made it possible to browse the content by date, newspaper title and geographic map. Before the end of the project a further usability study will be carried out to test the improvements made. While the amount of content in the browser continues to grow rapidly one can already explore 1.8 million historic newspaper issues and perform full-text searches across 7 million pages. By the end of January 2015, the browser will contain around 30 million newspaper pages from 25 libraries in 23 European countries.  Moreover one can explore the historic newspapers as well as millions of other cultural heritage items at, which recently embedded the historic newspaper viewer. The viewer is also available through The European Library for other cultural heritage institutions to embed in their digital environment.
“For researchers, such as historians, journalists, fact-checkers and genealogists, Europeana Newspapers will be the most important portal to consult historic newspapers in Europe. A source of great importance in construction.“ says Eric Hennekam, archive specialist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and visiting lecturer at the faculty of journalism of the University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam and the Flemish Mediacademy.

Historic newspaper content from the following libraries is available and constantly growing:
·        Austrian National Library
·        Berlin State Library
·        National Library of Wales
·        National Library of Spain
Project website:            
TEL Historic Newspapers:
Official press release available here.

Using electronic library collections over the holidays

Will you be away from Cambridge over the vacation? Why not make the most of our eresources collections?

6565781253_68935c069e_bonlineA search on iDiscover will include results for ebooks, ejournals and articles. You can refine your search results to only show e-content. Click on the links provided, either at the top of the record where it says ‘Online:’ or at the bottom of the record where it says ‘This title is available online at the following:’

The ebook and ejournal links from iDiscover will prompt you to enter your Raven details, if you have not entered them already, and you will be able to access the full text content within the dates specified on the catalogue record (for ejournals).

You can also search for ejournals and databases from this libguide. Links from these search options will all prompt a Raven login the first time you use them each session.

For more details on how to use ebooks please see the ebooks webpages and help pages. 

We also have blog posts that give extra guidance on searching for ejournals, ejournal error messages, searching for ejournals by citation and DOI and searching for ebooks. Click on the links to read the posts.


Image credit: ‘on the shelf’ by Joe Buckingham on Flickr –

Reaxys – new ‘@cam find full text’ buttons

Chemistry Library blog

Now you can link directly to the full text of journal articles (if subscribed to by the University) from within Reaxys while on the University network, by using the new ‘@cam find full text’ buttons that have been added to the database.

(Click on the screenshots below to enlarge them).

How does it work?

These buttons act as link resolvers, directing you (by way of the DOI for an article) directly to the article. This functionality is also available when using Google Scholar and other e-resources from within the University network.

This means that when you have performed a search on Reaxys and wish to download an article that you have found a reference to, as shown in the following screenshot, you should see the ‘@cam find full text button’ by each citation:


Click on the button and you will be taken to a record for the article on the…

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Knovel returns for 6 months



Early in 2014 the University Library held a successful trial of Knovel, an online service for discovering reference information, interactive content and properties data for engineers and scientists. Thank you to all who participated and provided feedback on how useful this resource is for teaching, research and coursework.

As of today until the end of May 2015, University of Cambridge registered users have access to Knovel once again. This has been made possible through the financial support of the Engineering Department, the Engineering Department Library, and the ebooks@cambridge service.

You can access the collection, both on and off campus (with a Raven login) from HERE

You will be able to search for the ebooks, papers and reports included in the Knovel collection in LibrarySearch, the records should appear in the week beginning the 8th December. For a list of subject areas included in Knovel please scroll down.

Please contact Niamh…

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Loeb Classical Library

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce access is now available to the Loeb Classical Library following a highly popular and successful trial this Michaelmas Term.



Νύμφαι μὲν χαίρουσιν, ὅτε δρύας ὄμβρος ἀέξει, Νύμφαι δ᾿ αὖ κλαίουσιν, ὅτε δρυσὶν οὐκέτι φύλλα. (Callimachus Hymn 4, To Delos)


Access the Loeb Classical Library online here.  Records for all the texts in the Libary will be in LibrarySearch by the end of next week.