Policy Exchange publications

On 27th April the Guardian published an article titled ‘Want to get your research noticed by politicians? Join a think tank’ (Tim Bale, published online Monday 27th April). The article mentions an infographic (below) produced by the Policy Exchange in which they show how they believe they have influenced the manifestos of the three main political parties.

Policy Exchange

As all Policy Exchange publications are free to download in .pdf format we thought we would bring these titles together in one place.

  1. Modernising industrial relations
  2. Cities for growth: solutions to our planning problems
  3. Ending expensive social tenancies: fairness, higher growth and more homes
  4. A right to build: local homes for local people
  5. Future prisons: a radical plan to reform the prison estate
  6. Power down: a plan for a cheaper, more effective justice system
  7. 21st century retail policy: quality, choice, experience and convenience
  8. Taxing issues? reducing housing demand or increasing housing supply
  9. Park land: how open data can improve our open green spaces
  10. Future courts: a new vision for summary justice
  11. Silicon cities: supporting the development of tech clusters outside of London and the South East of England
  12. Electoral omission
  13. Freeing housing associations: better financing and new homes
  14. Swift and certain: a new paradigm for criminal justice
  15. Welfare manifesto
  16. Garden villages: empowering localism to solve the housing crisis
  17. No worker left behind: how to improve pay and work for the low paid
  18. Education manifesto
  19. Clearing the fog of law: saving our armed forces from defeat by judicial diktat

Why not read the reports that have helped shape the manifestos of the three main parties ahead of next months general election? Or why not just browse the titles freely available on the Policy Exchange website?

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Drama Online

Trial access is available now until 28 June 2015 to the Drama Online resource.

Drama Online can be accessed on and off campus via this link.

Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.

Please send your feedback to eat21@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.


Then, if you love your wife, or rather dote on her, sir, oh, how she’ll torture you and take pleasure i’ your torments! You shall lie with her but when she lists; she will not hurt
her beauty, her complexion; or it must be for that jewel or that pearl when she does; every half hour’s pleasure must be bought anew, and with the same pain and charge you
wooed her at first. Then you must keep what servants she please, what company she will; that friend must not visit you without her license; and him she loves most she will
seem to hate eagerliest, to decline your jealousy; or feign to be jealous of you first, and for that cause go live with her she-friend or cousin at the college, that can instruct her in
all the mysteries of writing letters, corrupting servants, taming spies; where she must have that rich gown for such a great day, a new one for the next, a richer for the third; be served in silver; have the chamber filled with a succession of grooms, footmen, ushers, and other messengers, besides embroiderers, jewellers, tire-women, sempsters, feathermen, perfumers; while she feels not how the land drops away, nor the acres melt, nor foresees the change when the mercer has your woods for her velvets; never weighs what her pride costs, sir, so she may kiss a page or a smooth chin that has the despair of a beard; be a states
, know all the news; what was done at Salisbury, what at the Bath, what at court, what in progress; or so she may censure poets and authors and styles, and compare

’em, Daniel with Spenser, Jonson with the tother youth, and so forth; or be thought cunning in controversies or the very knots of divinity, and have often in her mouth the state of the question, and then skip to the mathematics and demonstration, and answer in religion to one, in state to another, in bawdry to a third.

Oh, oh!

All this is very true, sir. And then her going in disguise to that conjuror and this cunning woman, where the first question is, how soon you shall die? next, if her present servant love her? next that, if she shall have a new servant? and how many? which of her family would make the best bawd, male or female? what precedence she shall have by her next match? And sets down the answers, and believes ‘em above the scriptures. Nay, perhaps she’ll study the art.

Gentle sir, ha’ you done? Ha’ you had your pleasure o’ me?
I’ll think of these things.

yes, sir; and then comes reeking home of vapour and sweat with going afoot, and lies in a month of a new face, all oil and birdlime, and rises in asses’ milk, and is cleansed with a new fucus. God b’ w’ you, sir. One thing more, which I had almost forgot. This too, with whom you are to marry may have made a conveyance of her virginity aforehand, as
your wise widows do of their states, before they marry, in trust to some friend, sir. Who can tell? Or if she have not done it yet, she may do, upon the wedding day, or the night
before, and antedate you cuckold. The like has been heard of in nature. ‘Tis no devised, impossible thing, sir. God b’ w’ you. I’ll be bold to leave this rope with you, sir, for a
remembrance.—Farewell, Mute.



Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean – Digital Repository

The Digital Repository of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) offers online access to over 35,000.


Documents in the repository date from the first publication in 1948 through to the most recent titles and are available to download. The repository holds monographs, periodicals, annual reports, conference proceedings and official documents, written by over 8000 authors in five languages.

Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, has said of the repository:

“In line with our open-access policy, we’re making available to the international community all the documents that have given shape to ECLAC’s thinking, which for more than six decades has aimed to contribute to the development of Latin American and Caribbean countries”

Titles that can be accessed include:

 Economic OutlookEmpleo Economic Survey 2014

The repository aims to increase the visibility and impact of ECLAC’s work and guarantee the lasting and safe preservation of its intellectual property in the long term, among other goals.

Image credit: ‘Acre river’ by CIFOR on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/eBo3N4

Translated texts for historians e-library

The Translated texts for historians e-library has moved platform.  The e-library is now available at:


We learned about this rather late in the day so unfortunately the links in the records for the titles in LibrarySearch have not yet been updated.  It is hoped that they will be updated in the second week of May.  We apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Please update any links you may be maintaining on your Web pages.  For off campus users using the ezproxy link, this has now changed on the eresources@cambridge A-Z list to:


Any enquiries please email ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

eBook Religion Collection

Trial access is available until 31 May to Ebsco’s eBook Religion Collection. 

Links to the collection can be found below.  Please send feedback on the collection to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk or ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

Part of Ebsco’s Religion and Philosophy Collection, the eBook Religion Collection is a package of e-books featuring more than 4,100 titles from over 150 trusted publishers. The unique collection covers a broad range of religious subjects including philosophy, ethics, history of religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and religious texts. Content in the collection help readers explore religious beliefs, faith, cultural systems and world views.

eBook Religion Collection

On campus http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e093tww

Off campus http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,shib&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e093tww

Autism Research

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Autism Research


From the Wiley website for the journal:

AUTISM RESEARCH will cover the developmental disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (or autism spectrum disorders – ASDs). The Journal focuses on basic genetic, neurobiological and psychological mechanisms and how these influence developmental processes in ASDs.”

This is the official journal of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including autism, Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD NOS).

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2008) to present.

Access Autism Research via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ’74/365 – autism awareness’ by Becky Wetherington on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/7jr5qN

Open access: Cambridge University Press open for business

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is launching a new ‘Open Access Monograph Publishing Service’ offering authors a way to publish their books via open access in a fairly priced way.

This service gives authors the option of publishing their work under the Gold Open Access model, supporting the Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge at the highest international levels of excellence.

The standard charge for publication of books under the Gold Open Access model at CUP is £6,500 ($10,000/€9,000) for titles of up to 120,000 words. The charge has been set at this level in recognition of ongoing print sales, but as these diminish the business models and pricing levels may change.

CUP also supports Green Open Access Archiving across books and journals. This new policy allows authors of monographs and certain other books to post portions of their work on personal websites and repositories without compromising any aspect of the publishing process.

Matthew Day, head of open access and data publishing, said: ‘We are excited to launch our new open access policies at the London Book Fair. We want to continue to engage in the open access debate within the industry and our aim is to be the most transparent publisher of re-usable and reproducible research.’

Mandy Hill, managing director of academic at CUP, said; ‘Open Access is incredibly important to the Press and we recognise its importance to researchers across the globe. This new service supports our mission to disseminate knowledge and research of the highest academic rigour globally and meet the ever changing publishing needs of academic communities.’

Last year, CUP published The History Manifesto by David Armitage and Jo Guldi and Martin Eve’s Open Access and the Humanities, as well as three titles through Knowledge Unlatched as open access books.

Cambridge Open Access


Krokodil digital archive

The University of Cambridge has trial access to the Krokodil digital archive until 15 May 2015.

Access the trial of Krokodil via this link

The essay below by John Etty of the University of Leeds describes the history and importance of the Krokodil magazine.

Visit also the Krokodil magazine blog here.

‘Red Crocodile: the Bravest of the Brave!’

On 27 August 1922, Krokodil (the Crocodile) magazine was published as an independent publication for the first time. Bursting from its front cover was a snarling red crocodile, an avatar that has symbolised the magazine and its brand of political satire ever since. Over the years, Krokodil’s list of editors and contributors included many of the Soviet Union’s literary luminaries and esteemed artists. Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikail Kol’tsov, Ilf and Petrov, Samuil Marshak, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Sergei Mikhalkov and Lyudmila Petrushevskaya all wrote for Krokodil; Dmitri Moor, Mikhail Cheremnykh, Boris Efimov, the Kukrynisksy trio, and Ivan Semenov all created cartoons. In the first issue Demyan Bednyi defined the magazine’s aims: ‘To reach any rottenness/And to stir rot without any mercy,/So that the NEP sludge does not flower,/And is not rotten./Here is the task of the Red Crocodile!’ (‘Dobirat’sia do vsiakoi gnilosti/I voroshit’ gnil’ bez vsiakoi milosti,/Chtob NEPovskaya mut’ ne tsvela,/I ne gnila./Vot kakova zadacha Krasnovo Krokodila!)

Krokodil was not unique in the 1920s—numerous satirical publications existed in the USSR at this time—but by the end of the 1920s, practical difficulties (including paper shortages), party efforts to reduce ‘parallelism’ (the existence of multiple publications with identical aims and methods) and ideological attacks combined to force all other union-wide satirical journals to close down. Before 1941, circulation remained around 300,000, but in the post-war period it peaked at around 5.8 million (in 1980) and was firmly established as one of the leading publications in the Soviet Union. In form, apart from variations in publication dates, issue numbers and length, Krokodil remained essentially unaltered until its final issue in 1991. Admonished in 1948 by a Central Committee decree, the Editorial Board regularized production so that for the majority of the postwar period, the magazine was a sixteen-page, four-color journal, published thirty-six times annually (on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month), on newsprint paper. Satirical content was mainly found in political cartoons and poems, but also in articles, letters, feuilletons and other genres.

Its status, as the only satirical journal published in the USSR, under direct Party control after 1932, leads to fundamental but as yet unexplored questions about the function of state-sponsored visual satire, official humor and popular responses to it, about artistic independence and working practices, and about the real extent of Krokodil’s popularity. Readers’ contributions, in the form of letters, cartoons and competition entries, and subscription numbers, but in the absence of empirical audience research and an accessible archive, the text itself remains the best source on the magazine.

Krokodil emerged in the USSR at the moment of the creation of a national Soviet mass media, broadcast and communications systems, and its demise coincided with the expansion of the internet. Between these dates, Krokodil provided a mediated documentation of life in the USSR. The magazine often engaged with topics relating to the media and a fascination with the nature of the Soviet media system is evident in Krokodil’s texts and cartoons. Krokodil in fact represents an important and double-voiced discursive investigation of Soviet media and power: if it was not overtly critical of government policy or personalities, it was profoundly skeptical in its attitudes to the manifestations of Soviet modernism, despite being a product of Soviet modernity. It was critical of technology and over-mechanization, it ridiculed bureaucracy and excessive centralized control, and it was dubious about urbanization and collectivism. Perhaps more effectively than any other publication in the USSR, Krokodil fulfilled the social role of Soviet media imagined by Lenin when he outlined the newspaper’s importance in On Party Organisation and Party Literature (1905). In the 1960s, the magazine routinely received around five hundred letters per day, and some of this correspondence was published in the magazine. Since Krokodil was a publication that was co-constructed by professional and amateur producers, and the magazine may be understood as a mode of communication between government and populace. In a sense, since it was the result of collaboration between joint stakeholders, Krokodil may be understood as a kind of merged official-popular discourse.

Krokodil was an important creative force in the visual language of Soviet graphic satire. Each issue contained an average of twenty-five cartoons, and the magazine’s prolificacy, as well as its numerous similarities with poster art, ensured that its contributions to visual communication were significant. Krokodil is considered by some to represent a type of ‘proto-comic’, and indeed its reliance upon word-image constructions to communicate meaning is an important part of its exploration of semiosis. Krokodil is much less studied than other Soviet visual media but no less central or influential. The magazine’s ephemerality and its tendency towards repetitiousness have perhaps devalued it in the eyes of some scholars, but Krokodil provides an important perspective on the cultural shift away from logocentrism, a trajectory more commonly analyzed through literature and film.

In authoritarian regimes such as the USSR, humor is vitally important, and Krokodil’s humor is central to understanding the laughter in the Soviet Union. Soviet satire’s methods were mocking and ridiculing, and its targets were identified using Party ideology. The tone of its high profile, anti-western cartoons was didactic and aggressive, but a close study of Krokodil’s humor reveals a surprisingly playful approach that allowed for more interpretive freedom. A large and significant group of cartoon images satirized domestic topics, and it is important to acknowledge the range of political opinions embedded in them. Excavating dissident opinions and assuming perpetually faithful support would be two equally erroneous approaches to Soviet humor in Krokodil, since the magazine was always more complex. The function of affirmative official-popular satire, whether as a political weapon or as a social pressure valve, may be productively explored through Krokodil.

Krokodil had, and indeed it continues to have, a loyal following. Satirists and cartoonists of various political persuasions cite its influence. Fan sites on social media websites, repeated attempts to revive the magazine, media interest in the magazine, its anniversaries and individuals connected with it, and the ongoing publication of a 12-volume history of the twentieth century told through extracts, all testify to the ongoing interest in and nostalgia for the publication. The publication of this digital resource brings the magazine closer to a scholarly audience and offers the opportunity to fill in the gaps in our understanding, some of which are identified above, and to gain a better understanding of the intersection of media power, politics and humorous popular engagement in the Soviet context.

Dostoevsky Research Series

The University of Cambridge has trial access to the Dostoevsky Research Series online until 15 May 2015.

Access the trial of Dostoevsky Research Series via this link.

The series Dostoyevsky: Materialy i issledovania is a companion to the Collected Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky published by the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The series includes contemporary issues in Dostoyevsky scholarship, letters addressed to the writer, materials and documents covering his biography, critical analysis of his works, bibliographic materials and surveys, and articles on the influence of Dostoyevsky on Russian and foreign literature from the late 19th to the 20th century.

Dostoyevsky: Materialy i issledovania is a continuing publication. Since 1974, 20 volumes have been published.  East View has combined the entire set of this important academic series into a single database.

Russkaia literatura Digital Archive (1958-2014)

The University of Cambridge has trial access to the Russkaia literatura Digital Archive until 15 May 2015.

Access the trial of Russkaia literatura Digital Archive via this link.

Russkaia literatura is a well-known journal of literary criticism, one of the most comprehensive, reliable and authoritative resources featuring biographical information and criticism of Russian and Soviet authors in various genres.

Published since 1958 by the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Science (Pushkinskii Dom), this scholarly journal features numerous research papers, discussion pieces, analytical articles and critical essays concerning classical and modern writers and poets of Russia. This invaluable primary source is available for search and browsing through East View’s Universal Database. Each article is presented in its original form, as a searchable PDF file.