Digital National Security Archive – an update

US FlagBack in 2013, you may remember from our previous blog post, the University Library and the POLIS department purchased a subscription to the Digital National Security Archive (DNSA).

The DNSA offers one of the most valuable collections of declassified US government documentation – it offers access to incredible primary source material across a huge range of topics. Since it’s purchase in 2013 the archive has grown to over 104,000 individual documents held within 44 collections.

The new collections available include: 

Other collections available:

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Science of Synthesis – free trial access until 31st March

Chemistry Library blog


The University of Cambridge currently has a free trial access to the new Science of Synthesis 4.0 until 31 March.

This full-text database for organic and organometallic chemistry focuses on the most effective and reliable methods for functional group transformations. It contains evaluated and detailed experimental procedures.

Furthermore the Houben-Weyl content is still available as a back file.

Science of Synthesis now also contains a new reference library covering special subjects such as:

  • Asymmetric Organocatalysis
  • Water in Organic Synthesis
  • Stereoselective Synthesis

To access Science of Synthesis (on and off-campus) please use this URL:

In order for you to have the best possible result from using Science of Synthesis, a Getting Started Manual can be found at

There are also several video tutorials at

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Springer Materials Database (aka Landolt-Börnstein)

Trial access has been arranged to the complete Springer Materials Database until 13 April 2015.

Please send feedback on the trial to  Thank you.

This is the world’s largest resource for physical and chemical data in materials science, but also contains material of interest to physics, engineering, chemistry and many other disciplines.The service contains the complete Landolt-Börnstein database of physical and chemical properties in Materials Science, with over 3000 properties of over 250,000 materials and chemical systemsAccess to a number of subset databases on subjects like inorganic solid phases, thermophysical properties, adsorption, chemical safety, and more…

About SpringerMaterials:

  • SpringerMaterials is a comprehensive database that covers the physical and chemical properties in Materials Science
  • All content is critically reviewed by 1000+ external experts in the relevant fields
  • The database contains the complete Landolt-Börnstein New Series, which spans from particles, atoms and nuclei to multi-phase systems.
  • Users can browse for element systems using the periodic table, draw chemical structures and substructures.
  • Complete bibliographic data is provided, along with links to the original content
  • Quarterly updates to the database, with new books added, databases acquired and updated

 The building blocks of SpringerMaterials

 The Landolt-Börnstein Database: 400 volumes, 250,000 substances and 1,200,000 citations

  • The complete Linus Pauling Files: A comprehensive database about the properties of inorganic solid phases, consisting of 255,000 documents
  • A subset of the Dortmund Database of Software and Separation Technology. Covering the Thermophysical Properties of pure liquids and binary mixtures, with 425,000 data points
  • An Adsorption database covering over 1,000 reversible, equilibrium isotherms
  • A Polymer Thermodyamics database that contains 140,000 datapoints about 150 polymers
  • 44,000 Chemical Safety Documents
  • REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, GHS Globally Harmonized System RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances, WEEE Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Benefits for researchers

  • Unrivaled database containing the most comprehensive collection of the properties of materials and chemicals, with the greatest scope and depth to ensure the researcher finds all the content in a single location.
  • SpringerMaterials features a critical review process that ensures that the researcher can rest assured that the data is accurate, relevant and up to date.
  • Intelligent search and content retrieval system, based on metadata that tags each of the 100,000+ documents with information describing its content like name and type of material, properties names, etc. This ensures the searches are accurate and efficient and the document contains exactly what you are looking for.
  • Powerful and unique Periodic Table and Chemical Structure Search tools enable the researchers to search in an expansive way, and discover related materials for comparison.
  • SpringerMaterials is highly relevant to research in the fields of
    • Physics,
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    • most Engineering
  • SpringerMaterials is highly relevant to Research and Development in the following areas: Automotive, Aerospace and Aeronautics, Chemical Manufacturing, Electronics, Engineering, Materials and Steel, Oil, Gas and Geosciences, and Energy, Utilities and Environment

New content – Theatre and Performance

Here’s a quick update on the content available from Digital Theatre Plus and Routledge Performance Archive


Love’s Labour’s Lost joins As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet in the growing collection for Shakespeare’s Globe.

The New York Times (“Pledge week at that Elizabethan animal house” by Ben Brantley, 11th December 2009) said of this production:

“This London-born production … provides a high-spirited study of that limbo time in life just before adulthood, when many adolescents take up residence in the sanctuaries of so-called higher learning. It’s a time for playing at — rather than being in — love and for thinking that few things are more satisfying than feeling you’re the cleverest kid in the room.”

CrucibleDigital Theatre Plus have also made available the recent Old Vic production of The Crucible starring Richard Armitage.

From the Guardian’s review of the production (“The Crucible review, an engrossing, fiery evening” by Susannah Clapp, Sunday 13th July 2014″):


“The play looks newly acute about religious fundamentalism, and the way a sexual encounter between a young girl and an older man can come back to haunt him. Its eloquence about the unreliability of confessions made under duress also strikes with fresh force.”

IlievRoutledge Performance Archive has been updated and now includes over 100 hours of resources for theatre and performance students and researchers.

The latest update includes 13 new video pieces by Alexander Iliev, one of the most celebrated mime artists in the world. He has professorial expertise in Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism, dervish Mevlyaana dance, Balinese wayang kulit and topeng, Royal Nepalese dhime nrittya dance, Tibetan Cham mystery, _kathakali_ dance,
traditional theatre of Kampuchea and Thailand (_lakhon_), traditional Chinese theatre and opera, traditional Vietnamese_ thuong nam_ theatre, Brechtian theatre, martial arts of all kinds, and over forty years of experience as a professional pantomime.