Arctic & Antarctic Regions

New eresource: Arctic & Antarctic Regions

The Scott Polar Research Institute with Cambridge University Library is delighted to have enabled online access to the database Arctic & Antarctic Regions to support the study and understanding of the polar regions which has been of such importance at the University since the establishment of the SPRI in the early 20th century.

Arctic & Antarctic Regions is the world’s largest collection of international polar databases.  With over 1 million records from 1800 to the present, Arctic & Antarctic Regions covers a wide variety of sources from multiple disciplines. Many sources are indexed only in Arctic & Antarctic Regions making it the best resource for research on cold regions anywhere, from temperate regions with cold winters to the Himalayas of Tibet.

Access Arctic & Antarctic Regions via this link or via eresources@cambridge or via LibGuides Databases A-Z.  Citations in the database will link to full text articles when these are subscribed; when the content is not subscribed a page will direct you to other options (print; Inter-Library Loan).

“First, personhood: Eveny conceptualise this emanation of your intention quite literally as a projection of yourself, which in the Eveny language is called your djuluchen. Ulturgasheva explains that a djuluchen is an aspect of a person which ‘departs ahead of its owner’ and arrives before the owner’s actual appearance: one part of your person arrives at your destination before the rest of you, and waits for the rest of you to catch up and reassemble into your full person. A djuluchen may occasionally reproduce unpacking noises as a sort of pre-echo, and even the shape and movements of the person as a kind of vision. We might see this as similar to the way people are teleported in some science fiction. Or more closely to the indigenous idiom, and to the slow and laborious reality of travel which concerns us here, we can say that different parts of you travel at different speeds, like the gap between a flash of lightning and the thunder which follows.”

Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. Casting Timeshadows: Pleasure and Sadness of Moving among Nomadic Reindeer Herders in north-east Siberia. Mobilities, v. 10, p.518-530. doi:10.1080/17450101.2015.1062298

Hispanic Research Journal

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Hispanic Research Journal.


From the Taylor & Francis website for the journal:

Hispanic Research Journal promotes and disseminates research into the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The fields covered include literature and literary theory, cultural history and cultural studies, language and linguistics, and film and theatre studies. Hispanic Research Journal publishes articles in four languages; Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English, and encourages and interaction between researchers all over the world who are working in these fields.

HRJ is published on behalf of the Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

This journal publishes two annual special issues per year, featuring screen arts and visual arts…”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2000) to present.

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

MethodsNow: unlimited trial access until 18th May 2016

Chemistry Library blog

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Search and compare scientific methods with MethodsNow.

We have arranged for registered SciFinder users to have free and unlimited access to MethodsNow synthetic preparations in reaction answers until 18th May 2016.

According to CAS:

MethodsNowTM features step-by-step instructions for analytical and synthetic methods in areas like pharmacology, HPLC, food analysis, natural product isolation analysis and water analysis, plus:

  • Saves time with easy access to method details from millions of disclosed procedures

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  • Includes materials, instrumentation, conditions and more

  • Covers synthetic preparations from top journals and patents

  • Features content curated by CAS scientists for superior discoverability and new CAS Method NumberTM identifiers for quick reference

Coverage includes synthetic preparations from 180 highly respected journals.

How to access the MethodsNow content

  • Find an article of interest.
  • Get reactions.
  • Find the MethodsNow logo in your results for a preview…

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Screen Studies Collection: FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database; AFI (American Film Institute) Catalogue; Film Index International (FII)

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce access is now enabled to the Screen Studies Collection that includes

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database

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, a selection of Reference volumes and the linked full-text of over 60 journals.

AFI (American Film Institute) Catalogue

The AFI Catalog, the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Every film produced on American soil or by American production companies is indexed from the birth of cinema to the present day. New records are created by the AFI editorial team and added each year.

Film Index International (FII)

Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute. With a scholarly, inclusive approach to all areas of film studies – from the very first silent movies, to art house classics or the latest blockbusters – Film Index International provides truly international coverage, indexing films from over 170 countries.

Still from Gnomeo & Juliet.  ASBURY, Kelly (director), 2010. Rocket Pictures.

Animation loosely based on the Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Mrs Montague and Mr Capulet are feuding neighbours whose rivalry extends to the inhabitants of their gardens, with blue-hatted gnomes living in the Montague garden and red-hatted ones in the Capulet garden. Gnomes Juliet and Gnomeo from rival gardens meet and fall in love and have to meet secretly against a backdrop of acts of revenge and counter-revenge amongst their friends and families.

Synopsis from the entry for Gnomeo & Juliet in Film Index International

(please note that just now the message “Your library is currently trialing the following database for a limited time” is displaying against these resources on the ProQuest platform.  This is a temporary thing and can be ignored.)


International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance

Trial access is now available until 14 May 2016 to the International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance

Access the trial via this link

Please send your comments on this trial to

The International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (IBHR) is the international reference bibliography of academic publications on the Renaissance and the early modern period.

The core of the Bibliography focuses on European history and culture that spans the 16th and 17th centuries, and encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from religious history through to philosophy, science and the arts; and from military and political history through to social and gender studies. Both the geographical and the chronological delimitations are not restrictive as the IBHR also includes publications on the European interactions with the wider world through exploration, colonisation, slavery and the Christian mission and extends its coverage to the modern period with the inclusion of modern hermeneutics, reception studies and the 21st c. teaching of texts written in the target period.

The IBHR follows the principles of the International Medieval Bibliography, the flagship of the Brepols’ databases. It provides a bilingual (French and English) keyword thesaurus and aims at providing in-depth and detailed indexing. However, this is not the case for the pre-1998 records, which follow a rather schematic indexing rationale. In those cases, users are encouraged to make use of the title field to search for relevant publications, as the keyword searches will not yield the required results. The official languages of the Bibliography are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian; the titles of publications written in all other languages are followed by a translation in one of the IBHR official languages, so that the end-user can fully utilize the search results.

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, one of the contributing libraries of the Bibliography

agcensus online

New resource on eresources@cambridge A-Z / LibGuides Databases A-Z: agcensus online

The University Library Map Department is pleased to have enabled access to the agcensus online resource from Edina which can be accessed now via Shibboleth login here:

The Agricultural Census is conducted in June each year by the government departments dealing with Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Scotland, England, and Wales (see appropriate governmental website for the devolved region). Each farmer declares the agricultural activity on the land via a postal questionnaire. The respective government departments collect the 150 items of data and publish information relating to farm holdings for recognised geographies.

Conversion of Agricultural Census Data

The Edinburgh University Data Library has developed algorithms which convert the data for recognised geographies, obtained from the government departments, into grid square estimates. The key to transforming the raw data into grid square data is the definition of each geography (e.g. parish, in the case of Scotland) in terms of 1km squares. Agricultural Census items are distributed over those 1km grid squares with the land use category suitable for the census item in question. The categories are defined by the Landuse Framework, a 7-fold land-use classification of the same 1km grid squares (the seven land-use categories are agricultural land, upland, woodland, restricted agriculture – natural, restricted agriculture – artificial, urban, and inland water).

Agricultural change

Shifts in financial policy, environmental concerns, technological advances and food safety issues, among other issues, have recently influenced farming. Commercial survival can often depend on responding appropriately to those changes. The Agricultural Census grid square estimates can help to understand the nature and extent of change.

Market potential

Land use data could be the key to a marketing strategy. Whether a business is selling to the industry, or buying from it, Agricultural Census production data conveys a vivid picture of the real farming situation. Mapping the distribution of a production item allows an organisation to make informed decisions on planning and policy.

New business opportunities

Agricultural data could alert an organisation to new opportunities, reduce the likelihood of financial penalties associated with bad decisions about resources, or provide a sound basis for restructuring a distribution or supply network. Census derived agricultural data has the potential to provide some of the most accurate, quantifiable and usable marketing information to anyone doing business in the rural sector or associated industries. Those interested in estimating future activity can extrapolate from 30 years of data.


Philological Encounters

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : PHILOLOGICAL ENCOUNTERS

Photo by Ryan McGuire

From the Brill website for the journal:

Philological Encounters is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the historical and philosophical critique of philology. The journal encourages critical and comparative perspectives that integrate textual scholarship and the study of language from across the world.

Alongside four issues a year, monographs and/ or collected volumes will occasionally be published as supplements to the journal.

The journal is open to contributions in all fields studying the history of textual practices, hermeneutics and philology, philological controversies, and the intellectual and global history of writing, archiving, tradition-making and publishing.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

Access Philological Encounters via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Films on Demand

Trial access has been enabled for University of Cambridge members to review the Films on Demand resource until 5 May 2016, alongside the trial of Kanopy.

Click on this link to access Films on Demand.

Films on Demandoffers unlimited access to thousands of videos and video clips.  Each full-length video has been segmented into predefined clips, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly. Videos are sourced from leading content providers such as the BBC, VEA, CNBC, First Run Features, Netherlands Public Broadcasting and hundreds of others. This resource is updated daily.

There are currently 11,000 titles, which are available in full or in 83,580 segments.  A full title list can be obtained on request to  Please note the support center and help links do not currently work off campus and we are investigating this issue with the provider.

Please send your feedback on Films on Demand to

Samuel Beckett in Drama online

The stage plays of Samuel Beckett are now live on Drama Online.

Without Beckett the study of twentieth-century and contemporary theatre would be incomplete; his work brought to the European theatre a new form of drama, one which demanded a new criticism, a new acting style and a new aesthetics. Throughout a long and ultimately successful writing career, Beckett astounded and challenged his audiences as he refined and reinvented modern theatre practice.

Nineteen plays are provided from Beckett’s oeuvre; from the paradigm-shifting first success of Waiting for Godot to Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape.

Making the announcement, Henry Volans, Director of Faber Press writes: ‘Faber and Faber first published Waiting for Godot in 1956 and has been the home of Samuel Beckett’s plays for more than half a century. The Nobel Prize-winning author is responsible for some of the most important and enduring late modernist works of fiction, drama and poetry, and it is a privilege to be able to bring these works into Drama Online, where they will be available to readers and students of literature and drama for years to come.’