Related reading : iDiscover’s bX Recommender service

So you found the book or article you wanted in iDiscover, but wouldn’t you like to know what your colleagues and peers have also been reading related to this title?

We are pleased to say, now you can know, just by glancing at the right of any iDiscover record for an online resource, you’ll now see a “Related reading” pane. This displays, from most read to least read, the books or articles most read by library readers around the world who have also read your target title. This is brought to you by “bX Recommender”, part of the Ex Libris products.

How does it work?

bX harvests link resolver usage data from many academic institutions around the world. If two articles are used in the same session, it analyzes the connection between them and stores the items in a co-retrieval network. Because bX recommendations are based on link resolver usage, they are truly platform- and content-neutral. The usage is generated through discovery systems, A&I databases, publisher platforms, and any other source that links users to full text via a link resolver. The articles may be from different journals, publishers, and platforms.

Typically you will see titles that could lead to new discoveries, and new insights on your topic.

In this example an article in The Lancet on prediction and prevention of pandemic zoonosis has a related article, based on usage data collected from institutions across the world, in PNAS where zoonosis is linked to agricultural intensification and climate change.

bX Recommender from Cambridge University Library’s Digital Services & Electronic Collection Management

Trial access: Borders and Migration Studies Online

Access on a trial basis is now provided to Cambridge University members for the Borders and Migration Studies Online resource until 12 December 2020.

Please provide your feedback on this trial here.

Border and Migration Studies Online is a collection that explores and provides historical background on more than thirty key worldwide border areas, including: U.S. and Mexico; the European Union; Afghanistan; Israel; Turkey; The Congo; Argentina; China; Thailand; and others. Featuring at completion 100,000 pages of text, 175 hours of video, and 1,000 images, the collection is organized around fundamental themes associated with border and migration issues.

Trial access: South China Morning Post & Chinese Newspapers Collection

Access on a trial basis is now provided to the South China Morning Post & the Chinese Newspapers Collection until 6 December 2020.

Please provide feedback on this trial here.

The Chinese Newspapers Collection provides insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers. Included are critical perspectives on the ending of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion and the events leading up to the1911 Xinhai Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China. In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history.

Titles included are:

  • North China Herald (1850-1941)
  • Canton Times (1919-1920)
  • China Critic (1939-1946)
  • The China Press (1925-1938)
  • China Weekly Review (1917-1953)
  • Chinese Recorder (1868-1940)
  • Chinese Repository (1832-1851)
  • Peking Daily News (1914-1917)
  • Peking Gazette (1915-1917)
  • Peking Leader (1918-1919
  • Shanghai Gazette (1919-1921)
  • Shanghai Times (1914-1921)

BrowZine brings it home for Cambridge readers of academic journals

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce that BrowZine, a new tool for accessing and interacting with online academic journals, is available to University members.

You can pick up Cambridge’s installation of BrowZine at this URL

or via the Cambridge Libraries Databases A-Z (

Introducing BrowZine (video)

BrowZine gives you the ability to browse journal titles by their titles and to see those titles in subject areas of relevance to you.   

Scientists love BrowZine because the organization of journals by a subject taxonomy lets you select those journals you want to read for your research by drilling down to the journals in your subject areas. 

Once journals are found, they can be stored into a personal bookshelf, or online personal library, if you like.  BrowZine then updates you with new articles published in these journals and clearly displays unread articles new to your bookshelf. 

Scimago journal ranking ( is now included in BrowZine and you can choose to display journals by that ranking or inspect any journal’s Scimago rank details.

What is BrowZine? - UVic Libraries FAQs

Our BrowZine is fully integrated with our institutional journal holdings.

Users can create their own account to enable notifications, share article links, and export to reference management software.

Kokka taikan : access until 8 December 2020

University of Cambridge members now have one-month access to ‘Shinpen Kokka taikan 新編国歌大観’, an electronic resource for the study of Japanese poetry.

Access Kokka taikan via JapanKnowledge (9 November to 8 December):

Please note there is a limit of 4 simultaneous users.

More information here in English and Japanese.

Please send your feedback on this trial using the online form.

Kokka taikan is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Anthropology Resource Centre : access until 2nd December 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access to Anthropology Resource Centre until 2nd December 2020.

Please send your feedback about any of these eresources using the online form.

The Alexander Street Anthropology collections offer comprehensive, multimedia resources for the study of anthropology, including the largest collection of ethnographic videos and previously unpublished archival field materials. Content is presented on a multimedia platform that reflects the integrated methods of field research, through linking and cross-searchability of text, audiovisual and archival primary sources. Our resources work in tandem to bring the fieldwork process to life by juxtaposing original fieldwork with subsequent published ethnographies, as well as follow up studies and visual ethnographies that span a century.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Text taken from the Alexander Street platform.

Publishers Weekly : access until 27th November 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access to Publishers Weekly until 27th November 2020.

Please send your feedback about any of these eresources using the online form.

Continuously published since 1872, Publishers Weekly has consistently been the authoritative voice for US publishing industry news and book reviews, with ongoing coverage of the British book trade. The complete archive includes up to 400,000 book reviews, 5,000 author profiles/interviews, and bestseller lists from 1895 forward.

This primary source archive contains every page of Publishers Weekly published for nearly 150 years, all in its original context, in full color, and fully searchable to support lines of inquiry into print media and digital culture, American studies, popular culture, history of the book, literature, history, humanities, and their many sub-disciplines.

This collection contains 7,651 issues comprising 661,650 pages.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Text taken from the Eastview platform.


New eresource : Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Neuroscience is now available for members of the University of Cambridge from the Databases A-Z.

“This is designed to be a unique resource for students of neuroscience at any level. It is intended as a complete and constantly updated information site that is provided by the top experts in the field and that covers all areas of contemporary neuroscience in more depth than textbooks.

“ORE articles, all of which will be peer reviewed, will be regularly updated to keep pace with this quickly evolving field, and the digital medium allows for high quality color illustrations as well as video and audio supplements. Furthermore, we will provide a full range of links to other available related resources.

“We hope that this ORE will appeal to all interested in neuroscience, from motivated amateurs to students at various levels to professional scientists.”

S. Murray Sherman
University of Chicago
Editor in Chief

From ‘Letter from the editor’

Photo by meo from Pexels

Policy Commons

We’ve just learned of a new resource, Policy Commons, from Coherent Digital, that is a “one-stop community platform for objective, fact-based research from the world’s leading policy experts, nonpartisan think tanks, IGOs and NGOs” treating “think-tank publications as a formal body of literature in its own right, with tools to systematically search it, cite it, understand its impact, catalog it, and preserve it for the long term.”

Here is the announcement of the new resource from the director of Coherent Digital:-

Following on from our announcement of Mindscape Commons (1st October), I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a platform for the policy community – Policy Commons. Policy Commons responds to what I often heard from librarians and users when I was Publisher at the OECD: that there is no single resource where hard-to-find policy content from IGOs, NGOs, think-tanks and research centers can be discovered. Well, now there is.

As we launch, Policy Commons lets you serve your students and faculty—in the classroom or remotely—with 2.3 million documents. Reports, blogposts, working papers, articles, and more—are harvested daily and weekly from thousands of IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, and research organizations from around the world. Some of the content is exclusive to Policy Commons, including the complete historical output of organizations dating as far back as 1920. 

We’ve made sure we’ve covered the topics that matter right now—COVID-19, education trends, sustainable development, climate change, Black Lives Matter, healthcare delivery, nuclear policy, gender equality, racial fairness, and Brexit – in all, we cover 7,300 topics. But there’s more. To my surprise, I discovered Policy Commons has 10,000 documents relating to architecture. So, this is a resource that will be used right across your institution.

As I’m sure you know, link rot is rife in this field. So, where we have permission, we’re keeping copies safe on Policy Commons, making LibGuides, syllabi, and course packs durable. We’ve even tracked down reports from nearly 200 inactive organizations and these are now available from Policy Commons.

Policy Commons is the first community platform in this discipline. We invite individual members to upload their content for instantaneous publication, share ideas, and connect with one another globally. Besides exploring the largest collection of policy content ever gathering into one place, individual members can explore an Organization Directory of 16,600 policy organizations, each of which is welcome to upload their content too.