How to use eresources@cambridge: #7 Shibboleth and Institutional Login (Off Campus)

If you find an article you need on a publisher platform you can often log into the platform from off campus using the Shibboleth or institutional login option. Most publishers offer this facility. If you can’t find a Shibboleth or institutional login option you may find the Lean Library browser extension useful.

There should be a ‘log in’ or ‘sign in’ option on most publisher platforms. The option is usually at the top of the screen or in the panel on the right or left side. For this platform the ‘log in’ option is at the top right hand side of the screen.

When you choose the ‘log in’ option you will often have several choices for logging in. You should only enter you Raven credentials into a Raven banded log in screen. If you enter your Raven credentials into a publisher log in screen, like the one shown on the left, without choosing the Shibboleth option you will not get access and you may compromise the security of your Raven account.

The University used to use the Athens authentication method, which is still used by some members of the University who have access to eresources via their NHS affiliation, but we now use Shibboleth (sometimes labelled as Institutinoal) access.

Choosing the Shibboleth option will lead to either a list of institutions that need to be scrolled through in order to find the University, a search bar when you can search for your institution, or a drop down list which requires the local federation to be selected before the institution can be found. We are members of the UK Access Management Federation – we are not often required to take this step.

Once the University of Cambridge has been selected you will be prompted to log in with Raven.

You may be asked to accept terms and conditions of use for Raven after logging in. you are given the option of remembering your choice for 1 year.

Once you have logged in you should see a message at the top of the screen that is similar to the phrase on this platform – ‘Access provided by the University of Cambridge’. You can then search the platform for articles, etc. and will be able to access full text of any content included in our subscription.

If you cannot access what you need you can check if it is include in our eresources collection by searching for it in iDiscover. We may have access to what you need via a different platform.

If you have any questions or want to contact us please do so  ejournals@cambridge helpdesk


History Vault (ProQuest) : access to 31 May 2020

American history of the 19th and 20th century at your fingertips in millions of primary sources from ProQuest History Vault accessible to end May 2020

ProQuest History Vault unlocks the wealth of key archival materials with a single search. Researchers can access digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and many more primary source materials taken from the University Publications of America (UPA) Collections.

Access for Cambridge is enabled via this link

ProQuest History Vault

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Get help on using the History Vault from the History Vault LibGuide.

ProQuest History Vault first launched in 2011 and consists of manuscript and archival collections digitized in partnership and from a wide variety of archival institutions. Major collection areas in History Vault focus on the Black Freedom Movement of the 20th Century, Southern Life and Slavery, Women’s Rights, International Relations, American Politics and Society with a strong focus on the 20th Century, and labor unions, workers and radical politics in the 20th Century. On the topic of civil rights and Black Freedom, History Vault contains records of four of the most important civil rights organizations of the 1950s and 1960s: NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, and CORE.

History Vault’s collections on Slavery and Southern plantations candidly document the realities of slavery at the most immediate grassroots level in Southern society and provide some of the most revealing documentation in existence on the functioning of the slave system. Many of the collections in History Vault were originally available in microfilm from the University Publications of America (UPA) research collections and others come from the University Microfilms International (UMI) research collections with additional collections scanned from the original documents.

Horses in landscape, Franz Marc whose works are recorded in the collection Nazi Looted Art and Assets : Records on the Post-World War II Restitution Process 1942-1998


Historical newspapers (Gale Cengage) : access to 31 May 2020

Unrivalled access to the voices of the past for Cambridge students and researchers : millions of pages of historical newspapers, regional, national, cultural, financial, political …

Digital archives of newspapers provided by Gale Cengage are made available to 31 May 2020, from the Daily Mail to the Telegraph, from the Scots magazine to the Athenian Mercury, from the Financial Times printed at Bracken House, London, to the Young American printed on a discarded hand press by Cyrus Curtis in Portland, Maine, from papers printed on the back of wallpaper when no other paper could be had in 19th century America, to the Coventry Herald, publishing the earliest journalism of George Eliot.

All links to the collections are below.  To search all the collections and titles together go direct to Gale Primary Sources.

Links to titles will be provided in our A-Z of resources in due course.

We look forward to hearing how these rich digital archives have been used by Cambridge readers and scholars so please tell us what you found in them and if and how you think these archives could help you in the future, using your feedback form.  Thank you.

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection

American Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society

American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society

British Library Newspapers, part III, IV, and V

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

FT Historical Archive, 1888-2016

The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2016

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive 1924-1950

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991

Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016

Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016

Fred Basset has been published in the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday from 1963 to the present.   Alex Graham based Fred on his own dog Frieda and drew over 9,000 comic strips.

Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II : Access to 31 May 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 May 2020 to Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

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Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

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Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II 

chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950 through correspondence, reports, studies, organisational and administrative files, and much more. It is the first multi-sourced digital collection to consider the global scope of the refugee crisis leading up to, during, and after World War II.

Gathered together from key sources that include The U.K. National Archives, the British Library, the National Archives Records Administration in the United States, and World Jewish Relief, this archive documents the history of forced migration to uncover the hidden history of those displaced from their homes and the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed.

The archive chronicles not only the plight of those made to resettle inside and outside national borders owing to war and ethnic and political persecution, it also addresses the unique factors to give rise to the many kinds of refugees, from evacuees and displaced persons, to population transferees and forced labourers.

Sammellager Koscierzyn, Aussiedlung von Polen

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Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century : Access to 31 May 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 May 2020 to Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

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Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

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Explore the development, actions and ideologies behind twentieth century extremism

With a range of content focused on political extremism and radical thought in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America, Political Extremism provides a range of documents and audio recordings covering the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The archive will contain over 600,000 pages of content, making it one of the first digital archives on far-right and left political groups.

This archive includes a diverse range of content, including campaigning materials, propaganda, government records and various ephemera. The inclusion of oral histories, both as audio recordings and transcripts, makes this archive a unique resource for researchers, and provides a broader range of information sources than other archives on the subject.


It will be valuable to researchers in European and international history, politics, international relations and government studies, but also has a much wider application, containing content of use to researchers in areas as diverse as gender studies, sociology, psychology and religious studies.

The collections combine content on far-right and fascist movements alongside significant coverage of radical left groups, allowing researchers to access material from both sides, providing points for comparison. Researchers in contemporary topics will also find value in the content, allowing them to explore the origins and development of present-day issues, including anti-war thinking, ‘fake news’, the resurgence in right-wing politics, and radicalisation.

Within the documents contained in this archive, researchers will encounter groups and figures that are well known alongside those that are more obscure. The archive contains information on prominent groups such as the Klu Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, National Socialist Party of Australia, and the British Union of Fascists as well as leading figures including Oswald Mosley, Arnold Leese, Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.   Its scope also covers areas of focused interest, including gay activism, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi groups, equal rights, environmentalism, and creationism among others.

The Searchlight Archive, held at the University of Northampton in the UK, consists of documents from Searchlight Associates, an information service founded in 1967 that aimed to expose racist and fascist groups. In 1975 it launched a magazine, Searchlight, intended to promote intelligence on the far-right from around the world. This archive includes oral histories from activists who acted as undercover informants on far-right organisations or members of anti-fascist groups.  The interviews are available within the platform both as audio recordings as well as searchable transcripts. This archive also includes various ephemera including booklets, leaflets and posters.

The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda from the John Hay Library at Brown University finds its beginnings with Gordon Hall. An infiltrator and investigator of U.S. domestic hate groups for Friends of Democracy, an anti-totalitarian group, he began compiling a collection of extremist printed propaganda when he returned from World War II. Brown University purchased the collection in the 1980’s and are still cataloguing it. It contains printed propaganda from US anti-integrationist, anti-Semitic and racist groups such as the American Fascist Union and Ku Klux Klan Organizations. In 2004 Gale microfilmed part of the collection and it formed part two of the Radical and Reactionary Politics in America Series.

Working with the National Archives in the UK, we are also digitising government documents relating to inter- and post-war British extremist movements. These include Security Service personal files on right-wing extremists, suspected communists and terrorists as well as Home Office papers on detainees, such as Oswald Mosely, who were related to far-right groups including the British Union of Fascists, British National Party, Imperial Fascist League, the Nordic League and The Link.

Since 1970, the American Radicalism Collection at Michigan State University has been collecting ephemera on radical political groups, across a range of extremist movements including those involved in religion, race, gender, the environment, and equal rights. The collection covers four general categories , each with a different focus: leftist politics and anti-war movements; religion and the radical right; race, gender and equal rights; and social, economic and environmental movements. The collection also includes materials on such topics as survivalism, Holocaust denial, creationism, and anti-Catholicism from groups like John Birch Society and the Black Panther Party.

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Nichols Newspaper Collection : Access to 31 May 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 May 2020 to Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Nichols Newspaper Collection

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Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Nichols Newspaper Collection

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A unique source for building a picture of what was happening in politics, culture and society at this time, week-by-week, year-by-year.

John Nichols (1745–1826) was a printer and former Master of the Stationers’ Company, biographer of Hogarth and Swift, and writer of a county history of Leicestershire. He began collecting newspapers around 1778 through purchasing a large share in the Gentleman’s Magazine, who had provided Samuel Johnson with his first regular employment as a writer. Not only did he collect many more materials after this, he also made them available to scholars, a tradition continued by the Bodleian Library, and now Gale. The collection contains over 150,000 pages of printed text, spanning nearly 100 years of history.


State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 (and the Stuart and Cumberland Papers) : Access to 31 May 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 May 2020 to State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 (and the Stuart and Cumberland Papers).

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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 (and the Stuart and Cumberland Papers)

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Digitized for the first time, the Stuart and Cumberland Papers from the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle are now available online in their entirety. The Stuart Papers represent the correspondence and personal documents of the exiled members of the Stuart dynasty after 1688. Available here alongside the Cumberland Papers of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and second surviving son of George II, they provide a unique window into the world of the Stuarts and their Jacobite followers, as well as to the incumbent Hanoverian monarchy during a time of continental wars, domestic conspiracies and rival claims to the Throne.

From the time of the Glorious Revolution in 1688 until the death of the final Stuart claimant in 1807, the Stuart Pretenders were royal exiles in Europe, and at the head of a network of Jacobite supporters at home and abroad. Jacobites at all levels of society corresponded with them and their agents, visited the court-in-exile at St Germain-en-Laye, Avignon or Rome, and reported on the activities of the ‘usurping’ house of Hanover and its supporters in Britain.

The Stuart Papers is that correspondence. The collection tells the story of the lives of James II and his heirs, James Francis Edward (the Jacobite James III and VIII), Charles Edward (the Jacobite Charles III) and Henry Benedict (later the Cardinal Duke of York, and Jacobite Henry IX). Centred around the royal family, the papers allow researchers access to their wives and mistresses, loyal followers, courtiers, and spies around Europe. At various times, there were Jacobite agents and envoys in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Russia, France, Poland and Britain, and a strong Jacobite culture developed in Scotland and among the expatriate Irish who had followed James II to the continent. In this archive, researchers will find domestic plots and international schemes, personal letters between the members of the Stuart family and their closest allies, details of court intrigues and quarrels, even household accounts and menus.

The Cumberland Papers relate particularly to military matters from the Duke’s time as Captain General of the British army in the War of the Austrian Succession and the early stages of the Seven Years’ War, but also include a number of Jacobite documents captured in Scotland after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, including letters from Charles Edward Stuart and accounts of his escape to Skye. Elsewhere, British national and foreign policy, parliamentary updates, reports from British colonies, and personal papers relating to the Duke of Cumberland’s role as Ranger of Windsor Great Park, and to his household and estate at Cumberland Lodge are also represented.

By David Morier (1705?–1770) – Royal Collection Trust, Public Domain,

How to use eresources@cambridge: #5 Article searching in iDiscover (& excluding Electronic Legal Deposit)

iDiscover allows you to search to electronic and print journals and books as well as search for  full text articles from within the majority of ejournals, newspapers and databases available to the University of Cambridge. You can perform general keyword searches for an overview of a subject or find a specific article via a title search. (click on the coloured links to be taken to the section you need).

Please note: you will also be searching the Electronic Legal Deposit collection of material received at the University Library as Legal Deposit from publishers. These articles (and ebooks) can only be accessed via designated PCs with the University Library and the affiliated department and faculty libraries.

See details below of how to exclude these results from your search.

General keyword searches for an overview of a subject

Check the ‘Articles and online resources’ option above the search box. In the iDiscover search box enter the keywords that you would like to search and click on the magnifying glass icon.

The list of results you see will include ‘ Electronic Legal Deposit’ articles that cannot be read when off-campus or from on campus networked PCs.

You can also filter you search results with the ‘Refine my results’ list in the panel on the right hand side of the screen. You can click on a filter to specify that it has to be included in your search. If you hover your mouse over the filter the text will change to red and a red tick inside a circle that is crossed through will appear. Click on this to exclude this type of result from your list.

Any filters you choose will appear above the ‘Refine my results list’ and you can cancel them by clicking on the ‘X’ next to the text in the white box.


To open an article or ejournal click on the green ‘Full text available’ or ‘Online access’ link from the results list record view. If you click on the record you will see a more detailed record for the article or ejournal.

If you are off campus and not already logged in to Raven then you will be prompted to log in with Raven at this point. 


To exclude Electronic Legal Deposit go to the bottom of the list of filters and expand the ‘Collection’ list. Find Electronic Legal Deposit in this list, hover your cursor over it and click on the ‘exclude this’ symbol. Your results should now all be available to access as full text.


Electronic Legal Deposit detailed records will include the text:


Specific article via a title search


To search for a specific article we recommend putting speechmarks around the title. This will limit the search to results showing that exact string of words in the record.

You can also search for a specific article you can search by the article DOI (Digital Object Identifier): ie. 10.7717/peerj.338.

You can also use the Advanced Search option to search by citation information when you do not have the article title.


If you have any problems accessing articles send us a message via the ‘Report a problem’ form from the iDiscover article/journal record or contact the  ejournals@cambridge helpdesk


Emerald Library & Information Sciences – trial access

The University of Cambridge has trial access to Emerald Library & Information Sciences collection until 23rd April 2020.

Please tell us what you think of this collection using the feedback form.

Closely aligned to the evolving Library Science field, this interdisciplinary and outward-looking collection features research intersecting with information systems, information science and education.

The topics  covered are

  • Information science
  • Information behaviour and retrieval
  • Information literacy
  • Information user studies
  • Information delivery
  • Indexing, classification and cataloguing
  • Metadata and taxonomies
  • Information systems
  • Information repositories
  • Digital information and communication
  • Information policy and governance
  • Web science
  • Data studies
  • Library and information services
  • Records management
  • Archives
  • Curation
  • Preservation
  • Reference services
  • Researcher services
  • Library assessment
  • Collection building and management
  • Librarianship
  • Library management
  • Learning science

British Archives Online access during COVID-19

British Archives Online have generously been made accessible to the University of Cambridge by Microform Academic Publishers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Access the British Archives Online collections here:

The richness and diversity of BAO’s 88 collections (currently and growing) both for the study of British and global history is staggering and will provide an online library of great value to researchers at Cambridge.


British Online Archives is one of the United Kingdom’s leading academic publishers.

Our goal is to provide students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences with access to unique collections of primary source documents.

To this end, our website hosts over 3 million records drawn from both private and public archives. These records are organised thematically, covering 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare to slavery and medicine.