New E-Resource – Construction Information Service (CIS)

We are very pleased to provide online access to the Construction Information Service (CIS), a knowledge tool delivering technical information to the construction market.

Please note first time users need to register with their email address and create an account.

Screenshot of CIS homepage

From the publisher website:

Developed by IHS Markit and NBS, the Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online tool to quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecycle from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 26,000+ documents – including full text copies of British standards, CIBSE documents, and technical data – from 500+ publishers and more.

More information about this service is available in this brochure.

Construction Information Service (CIS) is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New E-Resource – East India Company

We are very pleased to announce that the East India Company is now available to Cambridge University members.

Painting of the East India House, Leadenhall Street, London, 1796. Copyright © 2000, The British Library Board

From the publisher website –

East India Company offers access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947.

From sixteenth century origins as a trading venture to the East Indies, through to its rise as the world’s most powerful company and de facto ruler of India, to its demise amid allegations of greed and corruption, the East India Company was an extraordinary force in global history for three centuries.

This digital resource allows students and researchers to access a vast and remarkable collection of primary source documents from the India Office Records held by the British Library, the single most important archive for the study of the East India Company.

This collection is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

HRAF launches new version of eHRAF World Cultures

The new eHRAF World Cultures application offers a fresh look and feel that combines the best aspects of the classic eHRAF interface with a host of added features and enhancements. For example, search filters have been expanded with new options, and users can customize how they would like their search results to be displayed on the page.

The Search Insights panel offers additional options for visualizing and drilling down through results sets. An exciting new development for researchers is the eHRAF Notebook, which allows paragraph search results to be saved, organized, annotated, and shared. In addition to the sleek new appearance, users will benefit from many performance upgrades enabling faster searching and more relevant paragraph results.

See the Quick Start Guide for tips on where to begin.

eHRAF World Cultures new interface

eHRAF World Cultures is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

E-Resource Update : Bungei Shunju Archives (1933-1950)

We are very pleased to announce that our access to the Bungei Shunju Archives has been extended to cover the years 1933-1950.

​​From the publisher website:

Bungeishunju is a general monthly magazine founded by the author Kikuchi Kan in January 1923 (Taisho 12). As Kikuchi wrote in his Founding Message, “I’m tired of being asked to say things. I want to say what I am thinking with a sense of freedom, without having to be concerned about readers and editors,” he founded the magazine with the wish to conduct free writing activities that would not be hemmed in by the framework of literary circles. Bungeishunju became a forum for the publication of essays and creative writing by a great number of authors including, of course, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, but also Kume Masao, Kawabata Yasunari, Satomi Ton, Kobayashi Hideo and Naoki Sanjugo.

The publication of articles on current affairs also began in the early Showa period, and what especially caught the attention of the reading public were the round-table discussions. Bungeishunju was able to invite to these the most prominent personalities of the time to speak on a variety of topics.

Also available to access via iDiscover and the Databases A-Z.

This archive is part of JapanKnowledge which has a limit of 4 concurrent users, so please log out when you have finished using the resource.

New E-Resource – Taiwan Electronic Periodicals Service (TEPS)

We are delighted to provide online access to Taiwan Electronic Periodicals Service (TEPS) on the Airiti platform.

Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) is an on-line database which offers several hundred Taiwanese periodical in various disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, medicine and life sciences. Most of the journals included are covered for 2000 onwards. Additional titles are added regularly.

TEPS is also available to access via the Databases A-Z; individual titles are available via iDiscover.

Taiwanese journal covers

New E-Resource – Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive is now available to access for members of the University of Cambridge.

Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830. The learned Society promotes the advancement of geographical science in all its aspects. The Society’s archive contains vast collections of documents, maps, photographs, expedition reports, manuscript materials and books, and span 500 years of geography, travel and exploration. The RGS holds one of the largest private map collections in the world. It includes one million sheets of maps and charts, 3000 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on stands) and 1000 gazetteers. The earliest printed cartographic item dates back to 1485.

The Wiley Digital Archives-RGS collection also boasts over one hundred unique special collections. These include the Everest Collection; the David Livingstone Collection; the Sir Ernest Shackleton Collection; the Stanley Collection; the Younghusband Collection; the Speke Collection; and the Gertrude Bell Collection.

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Text from the Wiley platform for the database.

Photo by Frans van Heerden:



New E-Resource – Classic Arabic Texts Online

Cambridge’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in collaboration with the University Library Special Collections Near and Middle Eastern Department are delighted to provide online access to the Classic Arabic Texts Online (CATO) resource from the publisher Brill.

Classic Arabic Texts Online (CATO) offers approx. 19,000 pages of classic Brill editions of Arabic texts in a full-text searchable format and accessible from one single point of entry.

Classic Arabic Texts Online‘ library of Arabic geographical and historical works is now on Brill’s new Scholarly Editions platform.

It consists of a large number of authoritative text editions: the Bibliotheca Geographorum Arabicorum (BGA), itself a collection of famous geographical texts, as well as Taʾrīkh al-rusul wa-l-mulūk by Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī, its résumé by ʿArīb b. Saʿd al-Qurṭubī, and the Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān by Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhurī, with English translation.

Classic Arabic Texts Online is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Scholars at an Abbasid library, from the Maqamat of al-Hariri by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-WasitiBaghdad, 1237.

New E-Resource – Shen Bao Digital Archive (1872-1949) – 申報

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to the Shen Bao Digital Archive (申報). Published in Shanghai between 1872 and 1949, this archive gives a unique insight into the transition of China from the nineteenth century until Mao.

Shen Bao newspaper front page with description in Chinese

Description from the publisher website:

“Established in 1872, Shen Bao (申報, historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shen Bao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters.

During its existence, Shen Bao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China. Shen Bao’s innovations in printing technologies, specialized use of the telegraph, and dispatch of special military correspondents gave it an edge.”

Shen Bao 申報 is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New E-Resource – Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers

We are very pleased to announce that the Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers (Premium Collection) is now available to Cambridge University members.

The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection includes publications from the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. It provides unique insights into the history of individual countries across this dynamic region, as well as broad viewpoints on key historic events from the late nineteenth century through the present.

Researchers will find a wealth of unique content from the Middle East and North Africa, much of which has never been digitized or available as open access material. Content in this collection is predominantly in Arabic, but also includes key titles in English and French. Subscribing institutions also receive access to five in-copyright titles from the region: al-Akhbār (الاخبار, Lebanon, 2006-2019), al-Dustūr (الدستور, Jordan, 1967-2000), al-Jumhūrīyah (الجمهورية, Egypt, 1962-1986), al-Riyāḍ (الرياض, Saudi Arabia, 1972-1996), and Filasṭīn (فلسطين, Israel/Palestine, 1956-1967).

This collection is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New E-Resource – Diaolong Database of Chinese and Japanese Ancient Books – 雕龙中日古籍全文检索数据库

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Diaolong Full-text Database of Chinese and Japanese Ancient Books.

This database contains over 35,000 ancient books in Chinese and Japanese, which cover a wider range of subjects including history, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, literature and geography. There are currently 21 sub-databases which can be searched or browsed.

  1. Daozang – 道藏,
  2. Daozang jiyao – 道藏辑要
  3. Sibu congkan – 四部叢刊
  4. Xu Sibu congkan – 續四部叢刊
  5. Yongle dadian – 永樂大典
  6. Gujin Tushu Jicheng – 古今圖書集成
  7. Dunhuang shiliao – 敦煌史料
  8. Qingdai shiliao – 清代史料
  9. Zhongguo difangzhi – 中國地方誌
  10. Zhongguo difangzhi xuji – 中國地方誌續集
  11. Zhongguo difangzhi sanji – 中國地方誌三集
  12. Riben gudian shujiku – 日本古典書籍庫
  13. Siku quanshu – 四庫全書
  14. Xuxiu Siku quanshu – 續修四庫全書
  15. Siku cunmu – 四庫存目
  16. Siku wei shou shu – 四庫未收書
  17. Siku jin hui shu – 四庫禁毀書
  18. Liufu wencang – 六府文藏
  19. Zhongguo minjian wenxue – 中國民間文學
  20. Qingdai keju zhujuan – 清代科舉硃卷
  21. Yi jia ku – 醫家庫

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.