Historical texts (Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)) on COPAC

Latest contributor to Copac: Historical Texts service

We’re pleased to announce that records from Historical Texts, a Jisc sister service, have been added to Copac.

Historical Texts is a full text digital archive enabling you to cross search, view and download over 350,000 texts published in the late C15th to the long C19th from three key collections. Records are included on Copac for:

– Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700)

– Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)

Further records will be added to Copac in the future for 65,000 British Library 19th Century texts (1789-1914).

The Historical Texts service encompasses a wealth of content ranging from the Romantic to the Victorian period and covers a wide range of subject areas including English literature, history, geography, science, social science, religion and medicine. Materials include books but also pamphlets, sermons, prayer books, sheet music, broadsides, newsbooks and much more.

The service is available via subscription to UK HE and FE institutions and Research Councils who are full members of Jisc Collections. Historical Texts is also available to everyone at the British Library Reading Rooms in London.*

To browse, or limit your search to Historical Texts, go to the main tab on copac.jisc.ac.uk and choose ‘Historical Texts’ from the list of libraries. When the ‘Internet Resources’ link in a Copac record is selected, you will be prompted to login with your institutional login.

*For more information please see: http://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/about.

Copac is a free service accessible at: http://copac.jisc.ac.uk. Keep up to date with developments at Copac by subscribing to the Copac Blog: http://copac.jisc.ac.uk/blog/ or follow Copac on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Copac. For information or advice contact the Copac helpdesk: help.copac@jisc.ac.uk

BBC Shakespeare Archive login

Users of the BBC Shakespeare Archive can now login via Shibboleth.

Access to this resource was formerly via username and password supplied by the English Faculty Library or by ejournals@cambridge.

We’re pleased to inform this is no longer necessary.  Instead users can select University of Cambridge from the list of institutions and proceed to secure authentication via Raven.

Note the Login button only appears when you select a film, tv episode, etc. to view.  The original post on this item is here.

Any questions please get in touch by writing to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk


Good morrow, Benedick.   Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

Much Ado, Act 5, Scene 4


Science of Synthesis trial access

Chemistry Library blog


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

From the SoS website:

Science of Synthesis helps you get up to speed on a chosen field of research quickly and complete the design of your synthetic strategy.

It is your online synthetic methodology tool for the most reliable chemical transformations available! SOS is the ONLY resource providing full-text reviews of organic and organometallic transformations as well as experimental procedures.

Written by chemists for chemists, SOS provides expert recommendations from over 1,750 contributors as well as unique insights into the scope and limitations of synthetic methods.

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

It would be great if you could inform your users about the availability. As well as chemistry several other departments will also benefit, such as medicine, biochemistry, materials science, pharmacology, chemical engineering.

To access Science of Synthesis

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Film, television, theatre & dance

In tandem with the trial of FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals and associated resources for film studies, trial access is also available to the following two further bibliographies for theatre & dance and for film & television respectively until 31 March 2016:

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is a research tool for the study of theatre and performing arts comprising a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated database of journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. IBDT with Full Text also contains author-supplied abstracts, author-supplied keywords and author affiliations.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text            

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is an online tool for Film and Television research, providing a collection of full-text and bibliographic coverage from scholarly and popular sources, and spanning the entire spectrum of film and television studies.  It contains over 150 full text journals, 160+ full text books, and more than 37,400 images from the MPTV Image Archive. Subject coverage includes: Cinematography; Film and television theory; Preservation and restoration; Production; Reviews; Technical aspects; Screenwriting.

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

Brill New Pauly supplements

Supplements to Brill’s New Pauly now available online

Cambridge has long enjoyed access to the New Pauly, “the unrivalled modern reference work for the ancient world” published by Brill, but readers have only been able to consult its supplements in print.  Now both the work and its supplements are available online.

Taking a variety of approaches, each volume provides quick access to indepth knowledge on subjects from chronological lists of rulers of the ancient world, a biographical dictionary of classists who have made their mark on scholarship, to an historical atlas and encyclopedia-type works on the reception of myth and classical literature

To search a single supplement, select the title from the dropdown on the Brill New Pauly site: Chronologies of the ancient world; Dictionary of Greek and Latin authors and texts; Historical atlas of the ancient world; The reception of myth and mythology; The reception of Classical literature; History of Classical scholarship.

Alternatively browse supplement content via the Related publications link.

Hermes (excerpt from The reception of myth and mythology supplement)

The many important depictions of H. by Claude Lorrain, meanwhile, were far removed from such pragmatic political and economic concerns. His series of paintings and drawings adapted Ovidian myth in the tradition of pastoral landscape painting to portray M.’s cattle theft, his deception of his brother Apollo and the treacherous old man Battus observing him as he makes his escape (fig.: [38 figs. 172; 217; 226; 232; 250; 261; 274; 275; 312]). One of the most affecting examples, worthy of mention here, is the Landscape with Apollo and M. (1645, Rome, Galeria Doria-Pamphilii; fig.: [38.fig. 172]). This oil painting in portrait format (55 x 45 cm) shows an Apollo lost in his violin playing, looking leftward out of the frame, while a H. we recognize by his attributes (winged hat, caduceus and winged ankles) carefully and systematically drives off all his brother’s cattle into the background to the right, into the Classicist landscape scenery, in the role of ‘crafty thief’ he had made his own since the Homeric Hymn. This unequal pair of divine brothers also suggests a contrast between the artistic, ‘Apollonian’ vita contemplativa and the alert and wily vita activa of that H. whom the ancients had without difficulty equated with the Roman god of profit. Admittedly, this contrast is smoothed out again in the spirit of the Homeric Hymn in the last picture in the series, from 1678/79 (Landscape with Apollo and M., drawing on blue paper, London, British Museum), in which the brothers already come to their accommodation and present their reciprocal gifts of lyre (to Apollo) and staff (to M.) (fig.: [38. fig. 312]).

Film resources trial

Four film resources are currently on trial until 31 March 2016:

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) brings together institutions dedicated to rescuing and preserving films. FIAF’s editorial staff, along with its Affiliates, produces the International Index to Film Periodicals which offers in-depth coverage of the world’s foremost academic and popular film journals. This database contains FIAF’s “Treasures from Film Archives”; a detailed index of the silent-era film holdings of archives from around the world.

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA FT)

This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry – including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.

Screen Studies Collection

A comprehensive survey of current publications related to film scholarship alongside detailed and expansive filmographies. This collection includes the specialist index FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database and the detailed and complementary filmographies created by the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute; AFI Catalog and Film Index International.

Access the resources at this link

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


Oxford Bibliographies: Renaissance and Reformation

New eresource: Oxford Bibliographies: Renaissance and Reformation

Access is now available to the Renaissance and Reformation in the Oxford Bibliographies Online series via this link.

The period of the Renaissance and Reformation, which spans roughly from the 14th through 17th centuries, is rich in history and culture.  The field of Renaissance and Reformation studies, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines including history, the arts, and literature.  As such, it is constantly responding to the emergence of new interpretations and ideas for scholars to consider.  Besides the extensive scholarship which already exists, much of the most recent work has moved online so that today’s students and researchers have ready access to primary source texts and a range of other electronic resources.

Oxford Bibliographies Renaissance and Reformation is designed to provide authoritative guidance. In contrast to print bibliographies and electronic indexes that simply list citations, this innovative online reference tool will combine the best features of a high-level encyclopedia and the best features of a traditional bibliography put together in a style that responds to the way people do research online.

 Hence we reverse the World, and yet do find
The God that made can hardly please our Mind.
We live by chance, and slip into Events;
Have all of Beasts except their Innocence.
The Soul, which no man’s pow’r can reach, a thing
That makes each Woman Man, each Man a King,
Doth so much lose, and from its height so fall,
That some contend to have no Soul at all.
‘Tis either not observ’d, or at the best
By Passion fought withall, by Sin deprest.
Freedom of Will (God’s Image) is forgot;
And, if we know it, we improve it not.
Our Thoughts, though nothing can be more our own,
Are still unguided, very seldom known.
Time ‘scapes our hands as Water in a Sieve,
We come to die e’re we begin to live.
Truth, the most sutable and noble prize,
Food of our Spirits, yet neglected lies.

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

New eresource: Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Access the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages via this link.

The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is an essential new reference work covering all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era. It is designed both for medievalists, who need a detailed and reliable reference tool, and for students and general readers seeking an accessible guide to the period. Over 800 scholars have assembled thousands of comprehensive entries, lavishly supplemented by hundreds of illustrations and dozens of maps.

Peterhouse, the earliest college of the University of Cambridge. © Andrew Holt/Alamy

Cambridge, University of

The town was a Norman outpost facing the Fens of *East Anglia on a commercially potent site where Roman roads crossed the river Granta (now Cam). The dues of the rich, annual Stourbridge *Fair were chartered to the *Augustinian Barnwell priory in 1211. Masters and scholars, most notably refugees from violence in *Oxford in 1209, came to teach in their own schools or to attend the schools of Barnwell and of the *Franciscans (from 1224). In 1231 *Henry III of England recognized the university under the judicial authority of the bishop of *Ely, and in 1233 *Pope Gregory IX granted it immunity from outside jurisdiction. To counterbalance the religious houses, Hugh de Balsham, bishop of Ely, founded the first college, Peterhouse (1284) on the model of *Merton College, Oxford. Other surviving medieval foundations are Clare (as University Hall, 1326), Pembroke (1347), Gonville and Caius (as Gonville Hall, 1348), Trinity Hall (1350), Corpus Christi (1352), Christ’s (as Godshouse, 1439), King’s (1441), Queens’ (1448), St Catharine’s (1473), Magdalene (as Buckingham, 1428), and Jesus (1496). St John’s (1511) replaced the 13th-century Hospital of St John. Henry VIII folded King’s Hall (1336) and Michaelhouse (1324) into his own Trinity College (1546). Canon and civil *law flourished in the 14th century with the energetic support of William Bateman, bishop of *Norwich (d. 1355), founder of Trinity Hall and re-founder of Gonville; orthodox theology dominated in the 15th.

Sage Research Methods Online – Datasets trial

Trial access is now available to the Datasets content in Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) until 29 February 2016.

Access the trial via this link.

Please send feedback on this trial to: library@educ.cam.ac.uk

SRM Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets that can be used to support both teaching and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.   You can browse the datasets (accessible via the content tab) or find them through accessing related content on the SRMO platform.

eHRAF World Cultures/Archaeology trial

Trial access is now available (ending date TBC) to the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases.

Access the trials via the links below:

eHRAF World Cultures

eHRAF Archaeology

The eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural and ethnographic database containing descriptive information on cultures (based on the Outline of World Cultures -OWC) and ethnic groups from around the world. eHRAF is unique because each culture contains a variety of documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been subject-indexed at the paragraph level by anthropologists according to HRAF’s comprehensive Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). This feature extends search capability well beyond keyword searching, allowing for precise culture and subject retrieval, even in a foreign language. As an ethnographic database, eHRAF appeals to many academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and any other area with an interest in cultural diversity.

eHRAF Archaeology is an online cross-cultural database containing descriptive information on archaeological traditions of the world and is modeled after eHRAF World Cultures. eHRAF is unique because each archaeological tradition contains a variety of documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive tradition and subject classification systems: the Outline of Archaeological Traditions (OAT), and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems extend search capability well beyond keyword searching thus allowing for precise tradition and subject retrieval, even in a foreign language. The eHRAF Archaeology database provides researchers and students access to archaeological materials for comparative studies within and across regions.

Please send your feedback on this trial to asb12@cam.ac.uk

Thank you!

According to Smithsonian magazine, “In a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, a folklorist and anthropologist say that stories like Rumpelstiltskin and Jack and the Beanstalk are much older than originally thought. Instead of dating from the 1500s, the researchers say that some of these classic stories are 4,000 and 5,000 years old, respectively.”