North American Women’s Letters and Diaries – Trial access

Trial access to North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is available to 23 April 2022 for Cambridge University members via this link.

Please tell us about your use of this resource and if you want continued access to it via this feedback form.

This collection includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The materials have been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies, supplemented by customer requests and more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished material. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

New e-resources: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University now have access to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology via this direct link.

Authored by the experts, Oxford Research Encylcopedia articles deliver in-depth thinking and analysis of a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and on emerging themes in the sciences.

Hunter-Gatherer, Farmer interactions in Uganda

Hunter-Gatherer, Farmer Interactions in Uganda“The coexistence of the Kansyore-Later Stone Age (LSA) hunter-gatherer and the Early Iron Age (EIA)-Urewe-farmer cultural materials in the same cultural deposits and environmental space can no longer be dismissed as accidental admixture. At Kansyore Island in western Uganda, it is clear that the Kansyore hunter-gatherer and Urewe-farmers are two cultural periods presumed to be widely separated in time and space but that coexist together in the same stratigraphic contexts suggesting interaction and coexistence. …” – By Elizabeth Kyazike

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

The Lens comes to the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is now joining with institutions worldwide in supporting The Lens, a unique resource providing discovery and analytics tools to analyze and manage patent and scholarly data with the aim of breaking down silos to enable inclusive problem solving for the public good. Cambridge University Libraries is delighted to be the first institution in the UK to support The Lens, and looks forward to developing its use of the The Lens Institutional Toolkit from 2022.

The Lens “serves linked open knowledge artefacts and metadata with tools to inform effective, efficient and equitable problem solving.” Cambridge is fully behind The Lens mission:

“Virtually all problem solving requires discovery, coordination and incentivization of multiple partners. This in turn requires building bridges between domains of expertise, and even domains of culture and norms. The Lens is the main project for a social enterprise focused on changing the global problem solving capability through a long-game strategy that includes creating a platform serving linked open knowledge artefacts and open metadata that can inform problem solving by a community vastly larger and more inclusive than just one single group be it scholars or academia or lawyers and businesses.”

Members of the University can take advantage now of the benefits of our institutional subscription. This includes the availability to yourselves of an API plan that comes in two versions, the “Institutional User Scholarly API Plan” and the “Institutional User Patent API Plan”.

These plans provide you with your own volume of requests and quotas (for more information see here).

To obtain access to one of these plans, you should first create a personal account on The Lens.  For instructions on how to create an account see here

You should use your University email address ( when you create your account.  Next, send an email message to with the following text:

  • I confirm that I have created an account with @cam email address on The Lens
  • I request the Institutional User Scholarly API Plan [or] the Institutional User Patent API Plan

Your request will be processed, and you will receive a confirmation directly from The Lens that your account has been credited with the plan you requested.

To support your use of The Lens and inform and advise you on the diverse sources available to you in the area of patents The Department of Engineering Library has created a new LibGuide specifically on Patents.

The Lens can be accessed directly here and is listed in the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z of E-resources.

Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926

Trial access to Sabin Americana, History of the Americas, 1500-1926 is available to 31 May 2022 for Cambridge University members via this link.

Please tell us about your use of this resource and if you want continued access to it via this feedback form.

Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926 offers a perspective on life in the western hemisphere, encompassing the arrival of the Europeans on the shores of North America in the late fifteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Covering more than 400 years and more than 65,000 volumes in North, Central, and South America and the West Indies, this easy-to-use digital collection highlights the society, politics, religious beliefs, culture, contemporary opinions, and momentous events of the time through sermons, political tracts, newspapers, books, pamphlets, maps, legislation, literature, and more.

This digital collection, drawn from Joseph Sabin’s famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time, includes the following topics:

  • Discovery and exploration of the Americas — accounts from British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish explorers and adventurers
  • Colonization — features both American and European views and firsthand accounts of colonial life
  • Slavery — memoirs, original speeches, lectures, sermons, discourses, reports to legislatures across America, pamphlets, books, and international essays
  • Cities and states — the social and political evolution of America’s major cities and states
  • Civil War — a wide array of memoirs, political tracts, published legislative proceedings, and broadsides
  • Reconstruction — records that describe the reorganization and re-establishment of the seceded states in the Union after the Civil War
  • American women — education, civil rights, domestic life, and employment
  • Native Americans — essays, booklets, treaties, land tracts, congressional speeches, journals, and letters that document social attitudes and personal experiences
  • Immigration — pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, articles, and books
  • Constitution — pamphlets, letters, speeches, and essays provide detailed information about the early political organization of the American colonies
Pilgrims Going to Church by George Henry Boughton (1867)

Sociological Review backfile

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Sociological Review backfile

We are very pleased to announce that Cambridge University now have access to the Sociological Review backfile via this direct link.

This is an important journal for Social and Political Sciences (SPS) and the purchase was enabled from joint funding from the SPS Library and the University Library.

From the publisher website:

The Sociological Review is one of the world’s foremost journals for sociological inquiry in all traditions, with over 100 years of publishing high quality and innovative articles. The journal is committed to the far-reaching intellectualism of sociological thought as well as championing a cause: that sociology matters.

Also available to access via iDiscover.


International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics – Access now available for University of Cambridge until March 2023

We are pleased to announce that University of Cambridge members now have access to the International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics on the OECD iLibrary platform until March 2023.

Access the OECD iLibrary via this link.

  • or individually by each DOIs databases:

Send your feedback via Eresource Trial Feedback Form.

British Online Archives – access all collections – Extended to 31 March 2022

From 1 February 2022 Cambridge University members will have access to all the digital archives on the British Online Archives platform.

The collections can be accessed on campus here or off campus here.

These primary source collections cover a diverse range of subjects and time periods, from colonialism and the world wars to political activism and international relations.

British Online Archives is making this access available as part of its response to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in recognition of the importance of remote learning for higher education.

Box of Broadcasts (Learning on Screen)

The entire digitised BBC broadcast archive Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to access via Shibboleth (institutional) log-in. You will need to go to ‘sign in’, search for ‘University of Cambridge’ in the where are you from box, sign in with Raven and then follow the instructions to create an account.

Access is only available within the UK to everything apart from the BBC news reports.

From the Learning on Screen website:

The BBC archive is arguably global broadcasting’s most significant collection of TV and radio assets, and we are delighted to be able to offer such valuable and exciting content to our members. It includes millions of TV and radio programmes, including major cultural events as well as iconic dramas and landmark comedy programmes.

We have relished digging out gems from the archive in preparation for the ‘access all archives for education’ initiative, and we have already added over 2500 historic BBC broadcasts to BoB. This includes all episodes of Arena and Play for Today, as well as early episodes of Horizon, the BBC Television Shakespeare, Omnibus and more.

“The inclusion of historic BBC materials has replenished BoB with a new richness, and users will discover that actively searching the platform repays their efforts.”

Gil Toffell, our Academic Research Manager, has delved into the BoB archive in our latest edition of ViewFinder Magazine where he discusses the wealth of BBC material in BoB. You can read his article here.

Here is a small selection of our BBC content in BoB to get you started:

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.