Launching of the digital cartography tool: Mapping the Enlightenment

The research team of the project Mapping the Enlightenment: Intellectual Networks and the Making of Knowledge in the European Periphery  is thrilled to announce the release of an online digital cartography tool which provides historical information about the travels of Greek-speaking scholars during the European Enlightenment Era through a modern interactive environment!

The project Mapping the Enlightenment was funded by the Research Centre for Humanities (RCH) for the academic year 2016-2017. For more information on the project and for using our mapping tool, please visit our webpage:

https://mapping-the-enlightenment.org/

New e-resource: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

The University of Cambridge now has access to the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall. 

Access to the Concert Hall is via this URL:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com

A pop-up window will appear which prompts you to register with your email address and password or to log in with an existing account. After registering / logging in, you can view all concerts, films and interviews in the Digital Concert Hall free of charge on all supported devices from the network of your institution or from home.

Each season, around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive.  The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films.

The University subscription is on the basis of 3 simultaneous users, so please logout (last option in the dropdown list under Settings) when you have finished your session so as not to prevent other users from logging in.

Das Bild zeigt den Innenraum der Hamburger Hauptkirche St. Michaelis (Michel), Author: Je-str

Interior of St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg, where Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s cantata Heilig Wq 217 – which forms the introduction to the concert of Brahms’ German Requiem in the Digital Concert Hall – was first performed.  “This ʻHeiligʼ,” according to the composer, “is an attempt … to attract far greater attention and sensation through ordinary harmonic progressions than any anguished chromaticism is able to achieve. It is my swan song …, and should serve to ensure that after my death I am not too soon forgotten.”–Digital Concert Hall programme notes.

New improved site for the Index of Medieval Art

On 30 March 2018 the Index of medieval art will transition to a new site.  The old URL

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://ica.princeton.edu

will be replaced by the new URL:

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=https://theindex.princeton.edu

The new platform promises to be much more user friendly and will include new features such as filtered searching, a date slider, and (mirabile dictu) immediately visible thumbnail images.

Read more about this change here:

https://ima.princeton.edu/2018/02/23/database-switchover-news-and-help-for-researchers/

Triple-faced Janus, detail of stained glass window of the Labors of the Months, Chartres Cathedral, ca. 1220.

Off campus access enabled for British Standards Online (BSOL)

Access to British Standards Online is now enabled for off campus users via this link.

Both the on and off campus links are available from the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here.

Records for standards in BSOL will soon be discoverable in iDiscover.   Access via iDiscover will only be available for on campus users (as we cannot at the moment build the off campus link into the iDiscover records).

The University of Cambridge started providing access to British Standards Online from December 2017.  Unfortunately it was not possible to provide both on and off campus access at the time of going live.  BSOL could not be provided for off campus users via our EZproxy server and BSOL has not yet implemented Shibboleth.  The British Standards Institute expect to implement Shibboleth by the end of the third quarter of 2018.  Until they do, we can provide off campus via the above link, but regret we cannot provide both on and off campus access via iDiscover until we can enable EZproxy and Shibboleth with BSI.

If you have any question please write to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

 

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science

Access is now available to the Oxford Bibliography Online in Political Science via this link.

View a lively discussion with Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science Sandy Maisel, as he discusses his involvement with the project and the importance of Oxford Bibliographies to students and researchers worldwide.

 

Political science is the study of the struggle by humans to gain and use power and authority for useful or destructive reasons. Political scientists analyze this struggle within and among nations using a variety of methodological tools and theoretical concepts and in a variety of sub-disciplines and specialties. It is imperative that students, scholars and professionals stay abreast of new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas. The overlapping fields of practice that come together in the study of political science make it challenging to stay informed about every applicable area. The task is made more difficult because a great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship and research appearing in online databases.

Rather than sifting through these ever-expanding mountains of information that may or may not yield relevant results, students and researchers alike can rely on Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science to offer a reliable, up-to-date, and authoritative guide to the best literature in the field. As Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science grows, it will reflect the impact on political science of major political transformations in the world and of methodological advances.

 

 

 

British Standards Online (BSOL)

The University of Cambridge now has on campus access only to the British Standards Online (BSOL) resource at the following URL

http://bsol.bsigroup.com/

Shibboleth access is to be implemented by the British Standards Institute for off campus authentication in the second or third quarter of 2018.  We are working on providing access via EZproxy in the interim.

Access is available via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here

http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/az.php?a=b

And records for the standards in BSOL will soon be available in iDiscover and updated weekly.  NB only on campus users will be able to link through to the standards from iDiscover records.

BSOL is an online library of over 90,000 internationally recognized standards with application to a wide range of subjects, from environmental management to IT security, from construction to food safety.

 

Confusing ‘Sign in’ option on Oxford University Press platforms

Databases on the new Oxford University Press platform show a ‘Sign in’ option below the ‘Cambridge University Library’ access label.

The appearance of the ‘Sign in’ option does not indicate that an additional sign in is required it is simply the new position of the sign in option for the database (previously this option would have appeared in the top right hand part of the screen). ‘Sign in’ will appear both on and off campus.

Once you have been directed to the database site from the databases A-Z you should see ‘Cambridge University Library’ on the left hand side of the screen. If you see this then you will be identified as a member of the university and will be able to use the resource. Simply enter a term into the search bar at the upper right hand side of the site and you be able to view complete results.

Look for a green open padlock in the results list as this will indicate that you are correctly logged in and can access the full text.

The databases allow you to save searches and results. To do this you will need to create an individual account for the platform and this will require you to use the additional sign in option.

Databases that have been updated with this feature include:

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Bibliographies

The New Oxford Shakespeare

If you have any problems accessing these databases then please email us: ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk