New E-Resource : Repbase

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Repbase.


from the publisher website: About Repbase

“Repbase is a database of prototypic sequences representing repetitive DNA from different eukaryotic species. Repbase is being used in genome sequencing projects worldwide as a reference collection for masking and annotation of repetitive DNA (e.g. by RepeatMasker or CENSOR).

Repbase has been developed since 1990 under the direction of Jerzy Jurka (the founder).

Most prototypic sequences from Repbase are consensus sequences of large families and subfamilies of repeats. Smaller families are represented by sequence examples. Repbase describes many families of repeats unreported anywhere else. Therefore, it was referred to as an “electronic journal.” Individual contributions are documented in Repbase version released in EMBL format. Repbase is often used in a FASTA format which removes references to the original authors. To remedy the situation, effective September 1 2001 we created a separate electronic journal, Repbase Reports, which publishes all new data to be compiled in Repbase. 

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers Premium Collection- Trial access

Trial access to Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers Premium Collection is available to 21 May 2022 for Cambridge University members.

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

From the publisher website:

“From the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have stood at the crossroads of history. The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection includes publications from across this dynamic region, providing unique insights into the history of individual countries, as well as broad viewpoints on key historic events from the late nineteenth century through the present.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.



New E-Resource : Arab Digest

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Arab Digest via this direct link.

​​From the publisher website:

Events in the Middle East and North Africa are highly complex and fast-moving. Arab Digest  provides high quality information, a discerning news filter and expert analysis suitable for business leaders, diplomatic strategy, academia and journalism.

Arab Digest is centered on a core membership many of whom contribute their regional experience or expertise for circulation. They include decision-makers in business and politics, people in the British FCDO and other foreign ministries, plus a number retired from those sectors or from diplomacy, MI6 or the CIA. Business members who depend on Arab Digest for regional analysis include blue-chip names such as Barclays, HSBC, BP, Chevron and BAE. Arab Digest is read by numerous members of the British House of Lords and House of Commons, as well as European, US, Arab and Turkish leaders, OPEC, the IEA and IFC. Other recipients include individuals serving in the military and a number of European, American and Arab embassies. Mainstream media recipients include the BBC, Economist, Associated Press, Washington Post and others, as well as a number of more specialised magazines, freelance journalists, filmmakers and authors. In academia Arab Digest goes to senior figures at many leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Princeton, Rice, KCL, Berkeley, Harvard, SOAS and AUB. Think tanks include Chatham House, IFRI in Paris, the Council on Foreign Relations and others in Washington, New York, Europe and the Gulf.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Diaolong Full-text Database of Chinese and Japanese Ancient Books 雕龙-中日古籍全文检索数据库 – Trial access

Trial access to the Diaolong Database of Chinese and Japanese Ancient Books is available to 30 June 2022 for Cambridge University members. This database can be accessed on campus here or off campus here.

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

Diaolong Database is a project of collaboration among scholars from China, Japan and Taiwan. It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Chinese ancient books, including over 35,000 volumes of ancient books, 8 billion characters. It covers Chinese and Japanese historical, political, economic, religious, philosophic, literary, ethnic and geographic documents.

There are currently nearly 20 sub-databases, such as Daoist scriptures (Zhengtong daozang), manuscript collections from Dunhuang, the Imperial Encyclopedia (Yongle dadian), the Imperial Library (Gu jin tushu jicheng), historical material on the Qing dynasty, a collection of old Japanese books, the two xuji Sibu congkan and Sibu beiyao, the Siku quanshu, the Xuxiu siku quanshu, the Siku catalog, banned books from the Siku, and supplemental texts to the Siku.


Service to be retired as of 1 August 2022

End of service announcement from the Zetoc website: Following a review of Zetoc and in consultation with the British Library, we have decided to retire the service as of 1 August 2022. We would like to thank all users for your support and loyalty over the years. Please find more information here: “”

Some alternative ways to access alerts and updates from the journals you follow

Access and interact with online academic journals using Browzine.

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

There are some useful links in the Cambridge Libraries, LibGuides – Medicine: Keeping up to date: database alerts

Here you will find information about PubMed, Medline, Embase, AMED and HMIC as well as PsycINFO, Global Health and CINAHL

Google Scholar Alerts create email alerts for topics of interest.

Do a search for the topic of interest, e.g., “M Theory”; click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page; enter your email address, and click “Create alert”. We’ll then periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria.

from Google Scholar, search tips, email alerts






The university has no control over the content of third party applications. These are not subscribed resources and therefore, the premium content is not available.

JournalTOCsallows the user to set up email alerts for chosen journals to let them know when new issues are published with contents information.

‘JournalTOCs  is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs): 32,567 journals including 16,161 selected Open Access journals and 11,719 Hybrid journals, from 3366 publishers.
JournalTOCs is for researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles.
JournalTOCs alerts you when new issues of your Followed journals are published.’

description from the publshers website

Researcher app  is another third party app

‘Never miss out on important research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you’ll ever be able to read them. That’s where Researcher comes in: we’re simplifying discovery. With over 15,000 journals across 10 research areas, just choose which journals you want to follow and we’ll create you a personalised feed.’

From the publishers website

Japan Times Digital Archive – Trial access

Trial access to Japan’s oldest English-language newspaper the Japan Times Digital Archive is available to 15 May 2022 for Cambridge University members. This archive can be accessed on campus here or off campus here.

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

From the publisher website:

Since 1897, The Japan Times has reported daily in English on the people, places and goings-on in and beyond Japanese society. The Japan Times was launched on March 22, 1897 during the Meiji era. This was a time when Japanese society experienced political, social, and industrial revolution, from being an isolated feudal society to emerging as a great power on the world stage. Fundamental changes took place, to social structures, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations. The Japan Times has offered a unique point-of-view, different from other Japanese language newspapers, since its first issue. This is a rare resource of media during the Meiji and Taishō eras, available in English.

Association for Computing Machinery first 50 years of backfiles now freely available

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have made the first 50 years of their backfiles freely available from the ACM Digital Library.

ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

Records for these titles will be added to iDiscover at a later date.