Trial access – Music Online: Classical Scores Library

From 12th November until 12th December members of the University of Cambridge can access the Alexander Street Press Music Online : Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is the largest and most authoritative resource of in-copyright scores to support teaching and research in classical music. This multivolume series contains more than 53,000 titles and 1.3 million printable pages of the most important scores in classical music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. More than 4,600 composers are included, from traditionally studied composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky to contemporary artists including Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell-Davies, and John Tavener.

Alexander Street Press describe the resource as…

“…a series of four volumes with a mission to provide a reliable and authoritative source for scores of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of lesser-known contemporary works. The collections encompass all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars.”

Our trial access is to all four volumes of the library.

The resource can be browsed by title, genre, instruments, people, publishers, time periods and composers.

For information on getting the most out of the library during the trial please take a look at the LibGuide.

Send us your feedback about this trial.



Hot off the press: New Gale Digital Scholar Getting Started “Walkthrough” Guide

The trial of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab for the digital humanities in Cambridge has been running now for three weeks.

Gale has just published, hot off the press, a Getting Started Walkthrough Guide to help the TDM practitioner new to the Lab understand what it contains and how to go about mining the content with the tools inside it.

The Walkthrough Guide can be accessed here:

Please send us your feedback on the Lab – we want to hear from you!    Please find the feedback form here:

Thank you.

New e-resource trials page and feedback form

For University of Cambridge members, a new web page listing forthcoming, active, and recently completed trials of e-resources has been created here:

This is linked from the main Cambridge Libraries’ e-resources site ( and includes a new “Eresource Trials Feedback Form”.   This form will now be used for all trials (e-journals; e-books; e-resources) to invite feedback from users of trial access.

Librarians who mail out to their Departments and Faculties can include their own library’s contact details if they prefer to have trial feedback sent directly to their library.   A few general notes of guidance around trials are provided in Information for Cambridge Librarians on eresources (Raven access).

The aim of the new page is to provide clearer information to end-users about what trial access is available and when, and the new form is intended to make the process of providing feedback simpler and more user-friendly.  Giving prompts for feedback and collecting the basic few data elements in the form should also make for more systematic analysis of the feedback.

Trial access: Literature Online (LION) Premium Collection

Trial access to the new Literature Online (LION) Premium Collection is now available until 1 December 2018 via this link:


Please send your feedback on this trial to  Thank you.


A LibGuide about LION Premium is provided by the publisher here:


Literature Online Premium offers a unique combination of materials which respond to and support the full interdisciplinary breadth in which literary studies are researched today.

The LION core collection is now enriched with the addition of two brand new collections:

These enrich the original core content at all levels:

  • The largest collection of primary works: Over 500,000 primary works from the 8th century to the present day; the largest, most inclusive library of texts assembled online. All re-keyed to 99.95% textual accuracy so users can be confident they’re getting all the relevant hits and not missing anything.
  • The latest scholarly opinions in your field: With an ever-growing library of full-text journals, biographies, and reference volumes, users will be uniquely able to contextualize their subjects and gain greater perspective and clarity.
  • A relevant and diverse range of voices: With the canon available alongside the more marginal, unanthologized and forgotten voices, new and previously impossible connections can be made.

NellaLarsen1928, one of the Harlem Renaissance writers featured in LION Premium

Access to CAMIO database to end December 2018

OCLC will discontinue access to the CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) database for WorldCat Local and FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery subscribers on 31 December 2018. The expansion of online access to this type of content in recent years has increased researchers’ access to images in art museums, replacing the need for a discrete database such as CAMIO.

Access to CAMIO through a custom interface has been included in FirstSearch and FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery subscriptions for several years. CAMIO access has also been configurable in OCLC Service Configuration for searching from WorldCat Local and WorldCat Discovery.

 When CAMIO access ends, metadata for materials in CAMIO will be removed from the WorldCat database and will no longer be searchable via the OCLC services, WorldCat Discovery, or WorldCat Local.  However, some images may continue to be discoverable in WorldCat if their metadata has been added to the database via CONTENTdm or the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway.

When CAMIO access is removed, the database name will no longer display to users in the WorldCat Local or WorldCat Discovery interfaces.


Digital humanities: Text mining using Gale Digital Scholar Lab

The University Library has acquired digital archives from Gale Cengage, a publisher of large primary source materials, including historical documents and newspapers.   These digital archives are now available within a new resource called the “Gale Digital Scholar Lab” which has been specifically designed for the purpose of enabling text-mining and analysis.

Using the Lab you can search the archives as you would on their native platforms and build content sets from these search results.   You can make multiple content sets and analyse the corpus that you amass using the tools provided in the Lab.  The tools available in the Lab now are all Open Source (and it is the ambition of the publisher that these will be expanded on over time): Topic Modelling (Mallet); Frequencies (Lucene); Clustering (SciKit Learn); Parts-of-Speech Tagger (spaCy); Sentiment Analysis (OpenNLP); Named Entity Recognition (spaCy); Ngrams (Lucene).

The Lab promises to open up new possibilities for the relative newcomer to digital scholarship in this area, allowing natural language processing tools to be applied to raw text data (OCR), facilitating new discoveries and insights.  The Lab makes much of visualization of results and data and thus lends itself to scholarly sharing and “bridging the gap between scholarly resources and faculty researchers/students”. The Lab facilitates organisation of content sets, including renaming, duplicating and versioning as well as identifying the searches used to create the content set, which makes sharing and reproducing research projects easier than is usually the case.   Archives included in the Lab to which Cambridge has access for analysis are:

17th and 18th century Burney collection

19th century UK periodicals

British Library newspapers

Economist historical archive, 1843-2014

Eighteenth century collections online

Illustrated London News historical archive, 1842-2003

Making of modern law: legal treatises, 1800-1926

Nineteenth century U.S. newspapers

Times digital archive

Times literary supplement historical archive

U.S. declassified documents online


The access to the Lab is on a trial basis to help Cambridge assess its usefulness to the practitioner and to encourage and promote the resource to digital humanities scholarship in Cambridge generally.   Access is available now from the details below, up to 31 December 2018.

Please contact to obtain the username and password.   The username and password will be supplied to the enquirer by return email.

 When you first login you will be requested to create a user account using your Google account or your Microsoft account.  We recommend that you use the Microsoft account option which connects through to your institutional account via the University of Cambridge login page.

Due to the nature of the access as trial only, restrictions are in place around export of documents.

Feedback on the trial is welcomed.  You may prefer to ask that it is sent to your library’s email address or you can use the in any communication you do and we will collect what we receive for onward sharing in 2019.

Marine Digimap

The University of Cambridge has long subscribed to the Digimap service run by EDINA, providing maps and geospatial data from a number of national data providers, including Ordnance Survey and the British Geological Survey.

Cambridge University Library’s Map Department provides a helpful page giving details of the service and how to get access here.   This page includes the Terms of Use that specify that the data is available for teaching, educational research, academic research or limited internal business use only. Registration is required before use, and access thereafter is via Raven login.

In addition to the access to the Ordnance Survey Collection, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap and Environment Digimap, the University has added the Aerial, Lidar, and Global services, and from 2018/2019 Marine Digimap.

Aerial: Aerial imagery data at scales ranging from 1:150,000 to 1:500 available for making maps online or for download. Complete coverage of Great Britain is available.

Lidar: Lidar data maps the earth’s surface and is captured by firing rapid laser pulses (thousands of times per second) at the ground surface. By examining the laser energy reflected back from the ground the surface is captured as a dense cloud of 3D points. These points are then converted in to highly detailed terrain models of the surface of the earth and by examining the reflections from both the ground surface and the vegetation canopy it is possible to derive both Digital Terrain Models of the bare earth surface (DTM) and also Digital Surface Models (DSM) that show the vegetation canopy.

Global: This is a service that is being developed now by EDINA, mainly using OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth data.  You can read more about this innovative new service here.

Marine: Includes the raster nautical charts derived from the UK Hydrographic Office paper charts and chart panels, and Marine Themes vector data covering all UK waters which can be loaded into Geographic Information Systems.  Marine data is extensively used in offshore engineering projects, management of marine and coastal environments, marine ecology studies, environmental impact assessments and tourism.

Within Marine Digimap are the following tools:

Roam is used to view, annotate, and save maps through your browser. Maps can be created at scales 1:2,500 to 1:5,000,000, and saved as PDF, PNG and JPG, from sizes A4 to A0.

Chart Roam provides marine charts created from the original paper charts. The digital files are available in TIFF format (from Marine Download) at scales from 1:5,000 to 1:5,000,000. They can be viewed, annotated, and saved as PDF, PNG and JPG formats from sizes A4 to A0.

Marine download enables the download of OceanWise Ltd. data for use in GIS software. Marine download contains additional data to Marine Roam such as UK Territorial Sea Area, Continental Shelf Area and Fishery Zone.

Access to Digimap is via the Maps Department page on the University Library website or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.

Digimap has its own YouTube  channel here.