JoVE trial access

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to JoVe, including all the different collections in JoVE Journal and JoVE Science Education.

Access the trial on campus via

You can also create an account if you use an email address in the Cambridge domain – – which will provide access for the trial (“Create an account” on the green LOG IN tab top right on

Trial access is open now and ends on 25 February 2019.

Please tell us if and how JoVE has been or would be useful to you in the future by completing this friendly form:

The University currently subscribes to the JoVE collections in BiologyNeuroscience, and Immunology and Infection.  The trial provides access to all the published collections in JoVE.

JoVE is an innovative publication that consists in providing video demonstrations with protocols in the physical and life sciences.  The ability for scientists to see video demonstrations – rather than textual descriptions only – of experiments significantly improves scientific reproducibility and productivity in the laboratory.

Off campus options for access:

or via Shibboleth (Institutional) login on the JoVE site (green LOG IN tab top right on and then “Sign in with Shibboleth” option).

LGBT Magazine Archive

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the LGBT Magazine Archive via this link:

This trial will be of interest across different disciplines, and for instance to the current Gender and Sexuality History Workshop.

The trial is active now until 2 March 2019.   We would be glad if you found this trial useful, if you could tell us what you think via the feedback form here:

Further details about the LGBT Magazine Archive

The archives of magazines serving LGBT+ communities are of importance for research into LGBT history, often being the principal sources for the documentation of gay cultures, lives, and events.  Researchers consulting these publications may trace the history and evolution of myriad aspects of LGBT history and culture, including legal contexts, health, lifestyle, politics, social attitudes, activism, gay rights, and arts/literature. Despite the value of these publications for research, however, locating the backfiles in print format has been difficult for researchers as they have not typically been collected by libraries.

The archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type. Crucially, the complete backfile of The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time. The oldest surviving continuously published US title of its type (having launched in 1967), it is the periodical of record for information about the LGBT community; it has charted the key developments in LGBT history and culture for over 50 years. As one of the very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement.

LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times. Launched in 1972 in the aftermath of the partial decriminalization of sex between men in 1967, Gay News became the primary vehicle for news of the growing liberation movement. It also played a key campaigning role, arguing for legal reform in response to matters such as the disparity between the age of consent for homosexuals and for heterosexuals, the hostility of the church, and the medical profession’s pathologization of homosexuality, while also leading pioneering campaigns for equal employment rights. In addition, it celebrated LGBT history and culture and reported new developments in the arts. After ceasing publication in 1983, Gay News was succeeded in 1984 by Gay Times, a monthly magazine which remains the oldest still-published UK LGBT serial. It has offered an eclectic mix of content, spanning news, interviews, features, style, and music / film; it is an exceptional resource, recording more than three decades of gay culture.

Other key publications include The Pink Paper (launched in 1987 and described by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell as “a major source of news and information” that “was an invaluable forum for debate and helped […] co-ordinate campaigns against homophobia”), Man and Society (first published in 1961, the magazine of the pioneering reforming and counselling organization for sexual minorities, The Albany Trust), and Transgender Tapestry (the most widely-circulated ever serial devoted to transgender issues, launched in 1978).

They are accompanied by some more specialist magazines and newsletters aimed at communities more narrowly defined by movement/orientation (e.g. Albatross – radical feminism), geography (e.g. Gay Scotland), or demography (e.g. Just for Us – children and young adults with LGBT parents), shedding light on their specific experiences.

Lean Library extension now fully up to date for Safari-users

We’re pleased to let you know that Apple now has the latest version of the Lean Library browser extension available for Safari.  If you’ve been using Lean with Safari, it will just update automatically, but if you’ve been holding off of Lean as a Safari-user, hold off no longer.

Lean can be manually updated from here:

Read more about Lean Library here.

Literature Online (LION) moves to ProQuest platform

From January 21, 2019 Literature Online (LION) is now available via the main ProQuest platform.  Access to LION on its now legacy platform will continue until 1 August 2019.

ProQuest provide some explanation of the platform change here.  The main advantages are that now LION can be cross-searched with the other resources on the main ProQuest platform, and content updates will be more in line with publishing (articles in journals from publishers with whom ProQuest has an agreement will be loaded into LION quicker than they were on the legacy platform).

The Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z has been updated so there are now two links for LION, one for LION on the ProQuest platform and one for LION on its legacy platform:

Links to articles in LION from iDiscover are currently going to the legacy platform.  There are some article and book records that are not linking properly.  Please let us know if you encounter any bad links (write to:  Thank you.




New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Epigenomics

dna strand

From the publisher website for the journal:

“One of the most exciting developments to come out of the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 was the emergence of the new field of epigenomics – the study of epigenetic modification at a level outside the single gene. While epigenetics refers to the study of single genes or groups of genes, epigenomics refers to the wider global analyses of epigenetic changes across the entire genome.

The blueprint of our genes may be have been defined by the Human Genome Project but the rules governing them are prescribed by the science of epigenomics. Therefore, the origins of health and susceptibility to disease are, in part, the result of epigenetic regulation of the genetic blueprint.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2009) to present. Access is provided by the publisher Future Medicine for one year up to 31 December 2019, on top of our subscription to Journal of 3D printing in medicine.

Access Epigenomics via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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Trial access to Europresse

Trial access is now enabled to Europresse, a database of French newspapers, from today 22 January to Thursday next week 31 January 2019, via the link below.


Cambridge University Library is starting a 10 days trial for Europresse, an aggregator which allows online access to many French and Francophone national and regional newspapers and magazines including Le Monde (from 1944), Le Figaro, Libération, L’Humanité, Les Echos, La Tribune, Le Soir, Le Temps, Le Parisien, Ouest-France, La Provence, L’Express, Le Point, Marianne, L’Obs, Le Monde diplomatique.

Europresse also offers access to English language titles from the UK (The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist, Financial Times) and the US (The New York Times, The Washington Post) as well as others from Europe (Die Tageszeitung), Africa (Africa Energy Intelligence, All Africa, Liberté –Algeria), the Middle East (Al Jazeera, Khaleej Times, Jerusalem Post), Asia (South China Morning Post, China Daily, Kabul Press) and Oceania (The Australian).

Thematically, Europresse titles cover the Humanities and Social Sciences, Politics, Law, Economics, Finance, Science, Environment, IT, Transports, Industry, Energy, Agriculture, Arts and culture (Lire, Le Magazine littéraire, World Literature Today, Télérama, Rock and Folk), Health, and event Sports (L’Équipe, France Football, Sport 24). It also includes some TV and radio transcripts, biographies and reports, images, audio and video content.



Trial Access to Europresse for members of the University of Cambridge is available on and off campus at the following link from 22 January to 31 January 2019.

You can select the language of the interface in English or French.

Please let us know what you think of this resource via the Feedback Form here:

A guide to using Europresse is available here:





This trial is enabled to obtain feedback from users to help the decision of the University Library on whether to proceed to subscription.   Subscription access would also be enabled for 2 users only to access Europresse at any given time.

If you have any questions please write to  Thank you.


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Ireland in the news since the 1700s: New newspaper archives online

Cambridge University Library now makes available newspaper archives online for the study of the history of Ireland and the Irish.

The Irish Times, founded in 1859, is a key newspaper in the study of Irish history, and of unionism in Ireland in particular, and access is now online from the first issue up to the most recent at this link:

Only the last week to two weeks’ issues are not available at any given time.

The Irish Newspaper Archive comprises many newspapers, from national broadsheets to regional papers, some dating back to the eighteenth century, and is the largest such database available online.  Titles include the Irish Independent (1905-current), the Irish Examiner (1841-current), The Freeman’s Journal (1763-1924), the Connacht Tribune (1909-current), the Meath Chronicle (1897-current) and the Southern Star (1892-current).  A full list of coverage is available here.

Access the Irish Newspaper Archive via this link:

A poster for promoting the archive in libraries can be found here.


Civil-service writer: Brian O’Nolan (right), aka Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, with the writer, playwright and National Gallery of Ireland registrar John Weldon, aka Brinsley MacNamaraContributors to the Irish Times: Brian O’Nolan (right), aka Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, with the writer, playwright and National Gallery of Ireland registrar John Weldon, aka Brinsley MacNamara.