E-resources Advent Calendar Window 9 : The Lens

Want the know about the latest innovation in Christmas tree decoration?

Using The Lens you can search across scholarly works and patents. We found a number of references on Christmas tree’s including US patent 6350499 B1 on Suspended Christmas trees invented by Richard D. Babcock (Figure 1), or US patent 8848948 B1 for the Rotatable Christmas tree stand with audio player dock invented by Duvall Daniels. You can also find patents on Christmas Tree Stands such as WO 2016/110692 A1 invented by Martin Watson.

Schematic drawing of a suspended Christmas tree
Figure 1. Schematic view of a suspended Christmas tree by Richard D. Babcock US patent 6350499 B1

As well as searching for relevant patents and literature on your research interest, you can also sign up for API access to which will enable you to undertake more in depth analysis of the information you find.

Guest post by Lynne Meehan, Engineering and Technology Librarian

Visit the Engineering Sciences LibGuide for access to more resources available to you in Engineering and Technology.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 8 : Bloomsbury Video Library (new platform for Artfilms)

Have you seen what’s new this Christmas?

Bloomsbury Video Library launched this month with the Arts and Humanities Collection (formerly known as Artfilms).

With an international range of content across the visual arts and performing arts, film, history, and more, this collection features exclusive indie films and shorts, avant-garde performances, interviews with renowned writers, artists, choreographers, performers and practitioners, documentaries on an international range of themes, traditions, and historical figures, and much more.

Screenshot of Bloomsbury Video Library

We hope you enjoy this video of Richard Burton reading Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales

In this recording, Richard Burton recites Dylan Thomas’ poem A Child’s Christmas in Wales while walking in lower New York City, sitting in the kind of bar Thomas favored, looking at the Hudson river. Black and white film, moody, effectively handled by the young Burton, who introduces the reading by pointing out that like Thomas, he, too, is a Welshman.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 7 : Lean Library

While you’re away for the Christmas break, did you know you can use the Lean Library browser plugin to search any website from off-campus?

Lean Library delivers to your desktop the article or chapter you want seamlessly if Cambridge University Libraries provide subscription access, regardless where you are accessing from (on or off campus).

Lean Library finds and delivers an OA version of the article or chapter if there is no subscription access.

In the last resort (no subscription and no OA version) Lean Library triggers an Inter Library Loan form so you can place an order and have the article emailed to you.

More information about Lean Library is available here and the Lean Library extension can be downloaded here.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 6 : Reining in Rudolph

Have you ever wondered when reindeer were first domesticated?

We found many peer-reviewed scientific articles on the topic of reindeer domestication by searching ScienceDirect, a large, multidisciplinary database that provides access to scholarly publications in scientific, technical and medical research. It hosts content from over 4,000 academic journals and 30,000 ebooks.

You can use ScienceDirect to find answers to your own research questions and gain insights into trending research topics.

Two indigenous Nenets people with three reindeer pulling sleds

Photo by Robert Losey

The earliest archaeological evidence  for domesticated reindeer use among the Sámi dates to the 14th century (Salmi et al. 2021) –

“The domestication of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and the development of reindeer herding among the Sámi of Northern Fennoscandia was a gradual and regionally variable process, probably beginning in the Late Iron Age and intensifying in the 15th to 17th centuries AD. It has been suggested that early reindeer herding in Fennoscandia was small-scale and that reindeer herding was supplemented by other means of livelihood such as hunting, fishing, and gathering. This kind of mixed subsistence pattern prevailed among the Sámi of Northeastern Fennoscandia into the 17th century and later, when large-scale reindeer nomadic reindeer pastoralism had already been established as the basis of the economy and society of the Sámi in Western Fennoscandia.”

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 5: Christmas at the Poles

Learn about Christmases past at the top and toe of the globe, via Cambridge’s access to Arctic & Antarctic regions database.

We found McCorristine, S., & Mocellin, J. S. P. (2016). Christmas at the Poles: emotions, food, and festivities on polar expeditions, 1818-1912. Polar Record52(5), 562–577. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247416000437 and could link seamlessly using the Full Text via LibKey Link to the iDiscover record for the article that informed us we have full text access to the article on the Cambridge University Press journals website.

“The lack of appropriate food at Christmas time could cause hungry crews to fantasise about feasts and delicacies. Pemmican was generally disliked on travelling parties for being bland and monotonous. Belcher reported that those who refused to take it were only induced to do so by large amounts of onion powder and cayenne pepper (Belcher Reference Belcher1855, II: 287). Living off pemmican, George Back’s exploring group cheated themselves ‘into as much mirth at the fancied sayings and doings of our friends at home, as if we had partaken of the roast beef and plum pudding’ (Back Reference Back1836: 219).”

Pemmican ball, Jen Arrr, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 4: “Design perfection”: King’s College Chapel

Browsing our Bloomsbury Architecture Library, we were delighted to discover King’s College Chapel, home each year to the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, featured in Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, v. 2

Figure 63.5. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England (1446–61, 1485, vaulting 1508–13). Huge traceried windows turn the chapel’s interior almost into a cage of stone and glass, while the fan vaulting, built by the mason John Wastell, represents an English design innovation, here brought to perfection. riba collections.

Visit the amazing Architecture page on the Art & Architecture LibGuide for more exciting online resources in Architecture.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 3: Spotlight on Historical Newspapers

Cambridge University Libraries provide a wealth of digital archives of historical newspapers. This year we were proud and delighted to add to our collections the American Indian Newspapers collection from Adam Matthew Digital.

Our calendar window opens in a year earlier than most titles in the collection that grew out of the Wounded Knee Occupation. The collection’s unique titles invite researchers to expore subjects including the self-determination era and American Indian Movement (AIM), education, environmentalism, land rights, and cultural representation from an Indigenous perspective.

From the collection we share the Christmas joy felt in 1926 in the Indian School Journal, in this poem by Philipps Brooks published in the Indian School Journal, December 1926, © Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,

Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,

Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,

Christmas where corn-fields lie sunny and bright,

Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,

Christmas where old men are patient and gray;

Christmas where peace, is like a dove in its flight,

Broods o’er brave men in the thick of the fight;

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight,

For the Christ Child who comes is the master of all;

No palace too great and no cottage too small.

AshishTripurwar, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 2 : Japanese and Korean films for the holidays

Would you like to start the holidays with a gentle and heart-warming film? We recommend ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service,’ a 1989 animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.

Japanese theatrical release poster for "Kiki's Delivery Service"

This is one of many Japanese and Korean films available on the ‘Box of Broadcasts’ from Learning on Screen, a database of programmes shown on UK television dating back to the 1970s. Please note access is only available within the UK.

Dr Kristin Williams, Head of Japanese and Korean Section at Cambridge University Library, has  made playlists of Japanese and Korean films that you might want to use for listening practice over the Christmas break. There are samurai films by Kurosawa, animated films from Studio Ghibli, the zombie movie ‘Train to Busan’, the recent award-winning Korean film ‘Parasite’, and many others.

Film playlists:

Korean films https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/playlists/303745

Japanese films https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/playlists/352279

More e-resources:

Korean: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/korean-collections/e-resources-korean-studies

Japanese: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/japanese-collections/e-resources-japanese-studies

E-resources Advent Calendar 2022, Window 1: Off to the ballet

Welcome to our Advent Calendar this Christmas where each day we’ll invite you to open a window into our wonderful world of services and online content from Cambridge University Libraries’ e-journals & e-resources team.

Introducing the seasonal celebration, we invite you to dance away with the Sugar Plum Fairy and escape, after quite some year, to the Land of Sweets with Clara and the Prince –

Can’t make it to the Royal Opera House Nutcracker this Christmas? Disappear into Digital Theatre+’s version via Cambridge’s subscription to Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+ has a mission “We believe the arts are for everyone”, and “provides powerful ways to connect English and Drama students with dramatic texts, poetry, and performance”.  The resource contains exclusive video resources and interviews, detailed study guides, essays and lesson plans. Digital Theatre+ works with educators worldwide to bring together “unique perspectives to advise and aid us in content creation and acquisition, site development, partnerships, projects, ethics and aesthetics, ensuring that schools and universities receive the best quality resources.”

Box of Broadcasts (Learning on Screen)

The entire digitised BBC broadcast archive Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to access via Shibboleth (institutional) log-in. You will need to go to ‘sign in’, search for ‘University of Cambridge’ in the where are you from box, sign in with Raven and then follow the instructions to create an account.

Access is only available within the UK to everything apart from the BBC news reports.

From the Learning on Screen website:

The BBC archive is arguably global broadcasting’s most significant collection of TV and radio assets, and we are delighted to be able to offer such valuable and exciting content to our members. It includes millions of TV and radio programmes, including major cultural events as well as iconic dramas and landmark comedy programmes.

We have relished digging out gems from the archive in preparation for the ‘access all archives for education’ initiative, and we have already added over 2500 historic BBC broadcasts to BoB. This includes all episodes of Arena and Play for Today, as well as early episodes of Horizon, the BBC Television Shakespeare, Omnibus and more.

“The inclusion of historic BBC materials has replenished BoB with a new richness, and users will discover that actively searching the platform repays their efforts.”

Gil Toffell, our Academic Research Manager, has delved into the BoB archive in our latest edition of ViewFinder Magazine where he discusses the wealth of BBC material in BoB. You can read his article here.

Here is a small selection of our BBC content in BoB to get you started:

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.