New resources for economics & business : new datasets via WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

New datasets are now available to all members of the University via the WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) platform:

Capital IQ Capital Structure
Capital IQ Key Developments
Capital IQ People Intelligence
Capital IQ Transactions
Capital IQ Transcripts
S&P Compustat Executive Compensation
S&P Compustat Global
Compustat Global – daily updates

Cambridge economists and business students can now access Capital IQ data so that it can now be cross searched on WRDS with other datasets such as Compustat.

WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 250 terabytes of data across mulitiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance and statistics. It provides access to Capital IQ Capital Structure, Capital IQ Key Developments, Capital IQ People Intelligence, Capital IQ Transactions, Capital IQ Transcripts, S&P Compustat Executive Compensation, S&P Compustat Global and Compustat Global daily updates.

Using a standard query structure – for example company name, dates of interest, financial parameters – students can create customised reports. These can then be stored, revisited and exported.

For access to these data please simply complete the WRDS Registration Form.

We are delighted to announce this major upgrade for data for economics and business studies for Cambridge, achieved by the joint efforts of the Marshall Library for Economics, the Judge Business School, and Cambridge University Library.

JASPER, Marshall Library mascot, the #EconomicsCat with our Bloomberg Terminal

Women and Social Movements – Trial access

Trial access to Women and Social Movements is provided to Cambridge University members until 15 April 2023.


The Women and Social Movements collection of products constitute a resource for students and scholars of U.S./World history and U.S./World women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements between 1600 and the present, the collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.’

From the publisher website

Please tell us what use you have made of this resource, and if you would have a use for it in the future, please complete the evaluation form.

Communisms and the Cold War, 1944-1986 – Trial access

Trial access to Communisms and the Cold War, 1944-1986 is provided to Cambridge University members until 10 April 2023.

From the publisher website –

“This collection contains reports and other records compiled by the Communist Party of Great Britain’s (CPGB) International Department between 1944 and 1986—a period which begins immediately after the dissolution of the Communist International (Comintern) and ends shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

The majority of the documents cover the Sino-Soviet split and the Chinese-Indian disputes of the 1960s and 1970s. There are also materials relating to Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe, the left in Western Europe, and anti-colonial movements in the developing world. Together, they provide a fascinating insight into the competing power blocs which arose in the communist world during the Cold War, and how British communists reacted to the resulting internecine disputes.”

Please tell us what use you have made of this resource, and if you would have a use for it in the future, please complete the evaluation form here

Trial access: BBC Monitoring: Summary of World Broadcasts access available until 10th April 2023

The University of Cambridge has trial access to BBC Monitoring: Summary of World Broadcasts Essential Global Media, 1939-2001 until 10th April 2023.

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Nearly 70,000 individual printed reports comprising several million pages were produced during the life of Summary of World Broadcasts.

This digital archive was created from the unique copy of the complete hard-media archive preserved at the BBC Written Archives Centre in Reading, England.

This archive includes transcripts of global radio and television broadcasts, telegraph, and news sources translated into English and summarized by the BBC Monitoring Service. For ease of use, the collection has been divided into several components covering periods in which the content remained largely static, as follows:

  • Daily Digest of Foreign Broadcasts (later Daily Digest of World Broadcasts), August 28, 1939 – April 23, 1945
  • Daily Digest of World Broadcasts (later Digest of World Broadcasts and Radio Telegraph Services), May 24, 1945 – May 6, 1947
  • Digest of World Broadcasting, May 7, 1947 – May 27, 1947
  • Summary of World Broadcasts, May 28, 1947 – May 24, 1949
  • Summary of World Broadcasts, May 25, 1949 – April 15, 1959
  • Summary of World Broadcasts Second Series, April 15, 1959 – November 13, 1987
  • Summary of World Broadcasts Third Series, November 16, 1987 – August/September 1993
  • Summary of World Broadcasts Third Series, August/September 1993 – March 30, 2001

You can also access these databases via the Databases A-Z. Text from the Newsbank platform.

Image credit – ‘BBC Colour’ by Miles Davis (Smiley) on Flickr

New e-resource – Royal College of Physicians, Part I: 1200-1862

We are pleased to announce that Royal College of Physicians, Part I: 1200-1862, History of Medicine from Folklore to Modern Public Health Policy by Wiley Digital Archives is now available to Cambridge University members.

The Royal College of Physicians – Part I includes content within the date ranges of 1101 through 1862. From the founding charter to 20th-century reports on the effects of smoking, there is a wealth of material on the RCP’s role in relation to contemporary medical advances. The RCP was founded so that physicians could be formally licensed to practise and those who were not qualified could be exposed and punished. There are many archive records defining the RCP’s changing role in setting standards in medical practice. RCP members have always collected manuscripts and papers on a wide range of medical and non-medical topics. As a result the archives contain an eclectic range of 14th- to 19th-century manuscripts. Personal papers of past fellows from the 16th century to the 20th century provide glimpses into the personal lives and social concerns of many distinguished physicians.

The collection includes titles such as:

A Register of the Doctors of Physick in Our Two Universities of Cambridge and Oxford

A sermon preached before the University of Cambridge, January 27, 1793 by James Fawcett

Some Observations Concerning the Fever Which Prevailed at Cambridge during the Spring of 1815

Text from the Wiley website.

New e-resource for American history: Early American Newspapers – Series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the Early American Newspapers, adding to the access available to series 1 through 13:

Early American Newspapers Series 14, 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America

Early American Newspapers Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities

Early American Newspapers Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment

Early American Newspapers Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland

Early American Newspapers Series 18, 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Early American Newspapers Series 19, Southern Newspapers: The Politics of Race in the South

Access these resources via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-resources A-Z.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

These collections offer essential primary sources for exploring the people, places, and events that shaped the nation and thousands of rare historical American newspapers offering a rich chronicle of daily life in America.

As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and everyday accounts of the people, issues, and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years.

From the late 17th century to the end of the eighteenth, most American newspapers were published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. As the country grew and changed through the 1800s, so too did its newspapers.  During this period, the number of new titles rose dramatically, and newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society, industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism, and human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in the United States had its own newspaper.

Multiple series, thousands of titles, all on a single platform
For searching and browsing American newspapers from four centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive digital resource of its kind. It offers access to thousands of titles sourced from all 50 states and is constantly growing with newly sourced content. The newspapers in America’s Historical Newspapers provide eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and much more. Together, they are an indispensable chronicle of the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past. 

For a full title list to browse visit here.

THE NEGRO’S OPINION.—Some years ago, the boiler-men negroes on Huckenfield estate were overheard by the book-keeper discoursing on this subject, (the superiority of the whites,) and various opinions were given, till the question was thus set at rest by an old African:- “When God Almighty made de world, him make two men, a nigger and a buckra; and him give dem two box, and him tell dem for make dem choice. Nigger, (nigger greedy from time,) when him find one box heavy, him take it, and buckra take t’other; when dem open de box, buckra see pen, ink and paper; nigger box full up with hoe and bill, and hoe and bill for nigger till this day”–Freedom’s Sentinel (Athol, Massachusetts), February 19, 1828 — EAN Series 18 Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Road on Minachoque Farm, Wilbraham Massachusetts — close to the site of the Sentinel Elm, Athol, thought to have supplied the name for the newspaper Freedom’s Sentinel

New e-resource for American history: Congressional Record – Congressional Hearings & Unpublished Hearings – Congressional Research Digital Collection Committee Reports

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of all parts published to date of the United States Congress Congressional Record, the Congressional Hearings & Unpublished Hearings, and the CRDC (Congressional Research Digital Collection) Committee Reports.

The ProQuest Congressional is available to the University of Cambridge via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-Resources A-Z.

New to Congressional research? Check out the ProQuest LibGuide Congressional Help.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

Bringing these digital resources up to date is enabled by Dr Kaplanoff’s legacy and completes publishing so far of the acquisitions Cambridge University Libraries had started in 2019 – Please see our earlier news for the launch of these collections.

The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

New e-resource: Making of the Modern World Part 1: The Goldsmiths-Kress Collection 1450-1850

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the digital archive Making of the Modern World Part 1 with access to University members in perpetuity.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

The Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850 offers new ways of understanding the expansion of world trade, the Industrial Revolution, and the development of modern capitalism, supporting research in variety of disciplines.

This collection follows the development of the modern western world through the lens of trade and wealth — the driving force behind many of the major historical events during the period (1450-1850). With full-text search capabilities on an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, this resource provides unparalleled access to more than 61,000 books and 466 serials — more than 12 million pages in all — many of which are the only known copy of the work in the world.

We are thrilled to make this rich archive available in Cambridge, developing the access provided by Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and offering new insights and pathways to research across the collections’ focus on history, interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, economics, women’s studies, legal and religious history, and special collections on transportation, banking, finance, and manufacturing.

Access the collection via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-Resources A-Z.

Charles Christian Nahl, Der Isthmus von Panama auf der Höhe des Chagres River. 1850 Charles Christian Nahl, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Nor is the Chagres river, for most of the distance between Cruces and the Atlantic, in any sense obnoxious to the charge of unhealthiness. It cannot be so. The stream is too rapid, the water too clear, and the bottom and banks too solid and gravelly for the admission of such an idea. The current runs at the rate of about three miles an hour, and the indications of the timber and shrubbery that line its shores, all unite in repulsing the false notion, that up to within a short distance of the town of Chagres, any alarming miasmatic malady prevails, or can prevail. This view of the subject has no sort of connexion with the notorious unhealthiness of the little, squalid, miserable looking concern at its mouth, and which it is intended by all to avoid”–Union of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, at or near the Isthmus of Panama, examined and discussed : in a series of letters addressed to the National Institute, at Washington — Bryan, John A., National Institute for the Promotion of Science — 1845 — Kress Library of Business and Economics, Harvard University — GALE|U0106522206

New e-resource for American studies: University of Virginia Press (Rotunda) “American History Collection”

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition in perpetuity and in full of the “American History Collection” published by the University of Virginia Press (Rotunda imprint).

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

The “American History Collection” includes documentary editions spanning three centuries, from the earliest surviving writings of George Washington through the presidential correspondence of Woodrow Wilson: more than 20 publications with content from over 550 letterpress and born-digital volumes, for a total of nearly 300,000 documents, diary entries, and editorial essays, all cross-searchable.

The “American History Collection” comprises the sub-collections:

The American Century Collection: Presidential Recordings; Papers of Woodrow Wilson; Booker T. Washington Papers

Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction: Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Daniel Webster, Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Law Olmsted; Correspondence of James K. Polk

The Founding Era Collection: People of the Founding Era; Papers of George Washington; Adams Papers; Papers of Thomas Jefferson; Diaries of Gouverneur Morris; Papers of Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen; Dolly Madison Digital Edition; Papers of James Monroe; Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney & Harriet Pinckney Horry; Papers of James Madison; Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America; Selected Papers of John Jay; Papers of Alexander Hamilton; Papers of John Marshall; Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution; Letters of Benjamin Rush

Access the collection via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-Resources A-Z.

Painting depicting Parson Weems and his famous story of George Washington and the Cherry Tree. – Artist: Grant Wood (1891-1942); Painting: Parson Weems’ Fable; Collection: Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art

New e-resource: Public Information Online

Public Information Online is now available to Cambridge University members.

Public Information Online is a complete collection of parliamentary papers from Westminster, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Government.

All sections are updated daily and papers are available to download as pdfs.

As well as the papers of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly of Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly, PIO includes for the UK Parliament:-

  • House of Commons Papers – 2006 onwards
  • House of Lords Papers – currently 1901 onwards
  • Command Papers – 1835-1955 (incomplete) and 1955 onwards
  • House of Commons Bill and Bill Amendments – 1919 onwards
  • House of Lords Bill and Bill Amendments – 1901 onwards
  • Explanatory Notes to Bills – 1998 (HoL) 2006 (HoC) onwards
  • Standing and Public Bill Committees – 1919 onwards
  • Public General Acts (PGAs) – 1901 onwards
  • PGA Explanatory Notes – 1999 onwards
  • Links to Amending Statutory Instruments for all UK Acts
  • House of Commons Hansard – (Bound) 1909-2007 (Daily) 2007 onwards
  • House of Lords Hansard – (Bound) 1909-2007 (Daily) 2007 onwards
  • Local Acts – 1991 onwards
  • Church Measures – 1932 onwards
  • Votes and Proceedings – 2009 onwards

PIO comprises also the key non-Parliamentary publications from many departments-

  • Education e.g. Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom
  • Health e.g. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey; ONS Health Statistics
  • Charities e.g. Giving Green Paper Finance, Independent commission on banking.
  • Final report: Recommendations
  • Defence e.g. The Army List, The Air Force List, UK Defence Statistics
  • Transport e.g. Reported Road Casualties, Transport Statistics

Public Information Online complements and fills the gaps in the access provided by ProQuest’s U.K. Parliamentary Papers.

The archive is ongoing and added to on a daily basis.

The character of Boris Johnson in the series Spitting Image, 2021.

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, you are doomed to live under the rule of fools” — Plato

Browsing: You can browse the different records in each Parliament by Category and Session and non-parliamentary papers by Corporate Author.

Searching: You can perform advanced searches enabling you to specify in detail the records you are looking for across all Parliaments and non-parliamentary papers.

You can search by: “all fields”, or:

  • Parliament
  • Category
  • Title
  • ISBN
  • Paper Number
  • Date
  • Session
  • Corporate Author
  • Bill or Index Term

Your search can be sorted by relevance, chronological, numerical, alphabetical or categorical.