Literature Online (LION) moves to ProQuest platform

From January 21, 2019 Literature Online (LION) is now available via the main ProQuest platform.  Access to LION on its now legacy platform will continue until 1 August 2019.

ProQuest provide some explanation of the platform change here.  The main advantages are that now LION can be cross-searched with the other resources on the main ProQuest platform, and content updates will be more in line with publishing (articles in journals from publishers with whom ProQuest has an agreement will be loaded into LION quicker than they were on the legacy platform).

The Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z has been updated so there are now two links for LION, one for LION on the ProQuest platform and one for LION on its legacy platform:

Links to articles in LION from iDiscover are currently going to the legacy platform.  There are some article and book records that are not linking properly.  Please let us know if you encounter any bad links (write to:  Thank you.



Springer Nature Experiments

You may have heard directly from Springer that they have deactivated their SpringerProtocols platform this week.

All of the SpringerProtocols content is already hosted on SpringerLink  so there won’t be any disruption in accessing this content.

Springer are simply deactivating as they have developed a new and more advanced research solution Springer Nature Experiments.

Springer Nature Experiments is a free-to-use search tool  that has been designed specifically to find and evaluate experimental procedures and where the whole search logic, filters and metrics are tailored for research protocols.

Once a user has identified a SpringerProtocols protocol in which they are interested in Experiments, they can simply click on Full text or Download and will be taken to the content on its native platform SpringerLink.

You can also access the deactivation FAQS here.

Access to the SpringerProtocols content on Springer Nature Experiments is provided for on and off campus users via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z link here:

Unfortunately links in iDiscover rely on Ex Libris updating their knowledgebase which they have not yet done.  We have asked them to do this now, but until the changes are made, users linking via iDiscover records for the SpringerProtocols will be directed to the protocol on the SpringerLink platform (rather than on the Springer Nature Experiments platform).


New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online URL change

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online has moved from its old URL

to the SpringerLink platform at this new URL

The Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z has been updated.  The knowledgebase supporting iDiscover has also been updated and this change will be reflected in the (final) MARC record update of 6 December 2017.

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics consists of 3,057 articles written by leading figures in the field including Nobel prize winners,  and is the definitive scholarly reference work for a new generation of economists.

American National Biography Online platform change

Oxford University Press advises that on 27 November 2017 the location of articles and pages in the American National Biography Online will change.  OUP expect the “majority” of articles to re-direct.

Unfortunately we don’t know what the new URLs for the articles will be before the 27 November, so OUP advise that “pages within the site will need to be updated after the launch”.


The URL for the platform will remain the same as now,

If you have any questions please write to  Thank you.


Cambridge Core – how to find articles and ejournals

Cambridge University Press have launched a new platform for discovering content in ejournals and ebooks and it is called Cambridge Core.

Searching for journals and articles in Cambridge Core:

Simply enter your keyword term/s into the search box to explore all of the content provided by Cambridge University Press. Be sure to check the option to ‘Only search content I have access to’  below the search bar in order to exclude content to which we do not have access. You can also opt to refine your results to items within our collection by choosing the ‘Only search content I have access to’ option from the list on the left hand side of the Search Results screen.


Whether you are looking for articles on a specific subject or a journal to browse you can refine your search results to see only the content that you require. Without refining you will be given a list of articles, journals, chapters and books.


You can open article PDFs or export citations direct from the results list. Clicking on the article title will open the article in the journal pages where the article can be read online.

To select articles from a limited number of journals go to the ‘Journals’ section in the ‘Refine search’ panel on the left of the screen. You can check multiple journal titles from which you want to search for articles.

You can also refine your results by publication date, subject, society and author.


A list of the refinements you have made will appear at the top of your results list. Click on the x next to the refinement, within the blue rectangle, in order to deselect the option.You can save your search to Cambridge Core clicking on the ‘Save search’ button and logging in to Cambridge Core.

Please note: you will need to register for an account with Cambridge Core to be able to make use of the save your search option. You will also be able to bookmark content.


camcore-journalTo access a journal just click on the journal title to be taken to the homepage where you can then navigate to a list of ‘All issues’ available.

Please note: on some journal webpages you may have to scroll past highlighted articles to find the option to view ‘All issues’.

camcore-accessContent which is accessible off campus through Raven authentication, or on campus from a networked PC, can be identified by a green circle containing a tick followed by the word ‘Access’. If there is no tick then we do not have access to the article/journal.

cam-core-oaOpen access articles are indicated by  an open orange padlock with the text ‘Open access’.

camcore-get-accessThere will be some content on Cambridge Core which we cannot access. This content will show ‘Get access’ in blue under the title. There is an option to recommend these resources to your librarian by clicking on ‘Get access’.

Please note: content that is not available electronically may be available in print from the libraries within the University of Cambridge. If you find something useful on Cambridge Core that you cannot access please check iDiscover for a print copy as you may be able to find this in your College, Department or Faculty Library or at the University Library.

'Help Wanted ...' by Matt Wetzler on Flickr

For a guide to searching for ebooks then you may want to read the blog post by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Cambridge Core currently has around 98% of the content of Cambridge University Press available to search/access. The Cambridge Core Technical Team is working to make the remaining content available. Please contact the ejournals@camrbidge team on if you find any links to articles that are not linking to full text access.


Image credit: Help Wanted …’ by Matt Wetzler on Flickr –

Taylor & Francis Online unveil new ejournal platform

Taylor & Francis have updated their ejournal platform at Taylor & Francis Online.


The new search functionality highlights articles from within the Taylor & Francis collection as well as allowing searching by journal title.

Hem article T&FThe list of search results will include content which is available to members of the University of Cambridge amongst content to which we do not have subscriptions.

Content which is accessible off campus through Raven authentication, or on campus from a networked PC, can be identified by a green triangle containing a tick in the bottom right hand corner of the result screen record. If there is no tick then we do not have access to the article.

OA TFOpen access articles are indicated by an orange triangle with an open padlock at the bottom right hand side of the result screen records.

The refine options, on the left hand side of the results screen, offer a way to limit the results to ‘Only show content I have full access to’ (this functionality may not be working correctly at present).

Fict selvesWhen you click a ‘green ticked’ article title the first page of the full text  or an abstract will appear. A green circle with a tick denoting ‘Full access’ appears on the right of the article screen, a little above the title.

Any key words from your initial search will be highlighted in grey throughout the text.

Some of the articles can be read online, but some will need to be downloaded as PDFs in order to see the full text. To open a PDF you need to click on the green PDF icon.

LiesIf you try to access an article to which we do not have access via subscription you will see the same type of article screen as you would for a full access article.

The important difference with the screens is that articles we cannot access will not have the green circle with the tick and will have an orange icon marked ‘Get access’ next to the green PDF icon.

The two examples of articles shown above are both from the journal ‘a/b: auto/biography studies’, but we have access to only one of the articles from the title. To investigate this further you could quickly check the ejournals A-Z and see that our holdings are from 1997 to present, holdings can also be checked on the Taylor & Francis platform by searching for the journal title on the search bar on the home page.

ab journalsThe default results screen view is for article titles, but there is a ‘Journals’ tab is now also visible. Navigating to the journal page will offer a view of the most recent articles and various links to information about the title.

To see the list of available issues it is necessary to scroll down to a link to ‘See all volumes and issues’ on the right hand side of the screen. The list of volumes and issues needs to be expanded in order to view our access rights. A green triangle with a tick will appear next to any volumes that can be accessed. If there is no green triangle tick then there is no access available.

accessThe first article shown above appears in  vol 31, issue 2 (2016)  and the second article is in vol 9, issue 1 (1994).

As it is common for journals to have frontfile (current) material from around  1997 onwards and backfile (archive) material up to around 1996 a check of the volumes for 1996 and 1997 gives you an indication that our access is only to frontfile volumes. This will not apply to all ejournals we have access to and holdings information can be more clearly seen in the ejournals A-Z or iDiscover

SAGE Research Methods Online: new platform

SAGE Research Methods Online is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.

SAGE Research Methods Online is now available at its new platform here:

The benefits of the new platform are:

  • A unified platform for text and video content, providing users with a multimedia research experience
  • A fully responsive site that will work well with all mobile phones and tablet devices
  • Improved discoverability of content, both from within the platform and from external sources
    • SAGE has improved the internal search, meaning better and more relevant results. The Methods Map has been improved, allowing users to explore method concepts with greater ease. The browse options have been enhanced to align with user needs – allowing browse by discipline, content type, and method topic.
  • A focus on modern, enjoyable design for students, faculty, researchers and librarians, based upon extensive user-testing

Links to SAGE Research Methods Online

SAGE Research Methods Online is linked from the eresources@cambridge A-Z index page and all the eresources@cambridge A-Z subject pages and from the LibGuides Databases A-Z.  Links to the individual titles in SAGE Research Methods Online are included in iDiscover.  (Just now some links are included to the SRMO Datasets content that we do not subscribe currently – these links are in the process of being removed.)

User profiles set up on the old platform

  • Your personal profile will be migrated across to the new site. When you first visit the new site, click ‘Profile’ in the top right hand corner of the page, and click ‘Reset you password’. Follow the instructions to reset your password. Once this is done you will be able to login.

Method Lists on the new site

  • All your lists will be migrated across. They will now be called Reading Lists, but will contain all the content they contained on the current site.

Saved Searches on the new site

  • These will not be available. The new site performs searches in a different manner to the current site. This means that saved searches cannot be migrated.

More about SAGE Research Methods Online 

Links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. A “methods map” facilitates finding content on methods. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and “Little Blue Book” series. Includes a collection of case studies of real social research.

If you have any questions or problems with access, please contact  Thank you