New e-resource: Public Information Online

Public Information Online is now available to Cambridge University members.

Public Information Online is a complete collection of parliamentary papers from Westminster, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Government.

All sections are updated daily and papers are available to download as pdfs.

As well as the papers of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly of Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly, PIO includes for the UK Parliament:-

  • House of Commons Papers – 2006 onwards
  • House of Lords Papers – currently 1901 onwards
  • Command Papers – 1835-1955 (incomplete) and 1955 onwards
  • House of Commons Bill and Bill Amendments – 1919 onwards
  • House of Lords Bill and Bill Amendments – 1901 onwards
  • Explanatory Notes to Bills – 1998 (HoL) 2006 (HoC) onwards
  • Standing and Public Bill Committees – 1919 onwards
  • Public General Acts (PGAs) – 1901 onwards
  • PGA Explanatory Notes – 1999 onwards
  • Links to Amending Statutory Instruments for all UK Acts
  • House of Commons Hansard – (Bound) 1909-2007 (Daily) 2007 onwards
  • House of Lords Hansard – (Bound) 1909-2007 (Daily) 2007 onwards
  • Local Acts – 1991 onwards
  • Church Measures – 1932 onwards
  • Votes and Proceedings – 2009 onwards

PIO comprises also the key non-Parliamentary publications from many departments-

  • Education e.g. Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom
  • Health e.g. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey; ONS Health Statistics
  • Charities e.g. Giving Green Paper Finance, Independent commission on banking.
  • Final report: Recommendations
  • Defence e.g. The Army List, The Air Force List, UK Defence Statistics
  • Transport e.g. Reported Road Casualties, Transport Statistics

Public Information Online complements and fills the gaps in the access provided by ProQuest’s U.K. Parliamentary Papers.

The archive is ongoing and added to on a daily basis.

The character of Boris Johnson in the series Spitting Image, 2021.

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, you are doomed to live under the rule of fools” — Plato

Browsing: You can browse the different records in each Parliament by Category and Session and non-parliamentary papers by Corporate Author.

Searching: You can perform advanced searches enabling you to specify in detail the records you are looking for across all Parliaments and non-parliamentary papers.

You can search by: “all fields”, or:

  • Parliament
  • Category
  • Title
  • ISBN
  • Paper Number
  • Date
  • Session
  • Corporate Author
  • Bill or Index Term

Your search can be sorted by relevance, chronological, numerical, alphabetical or categorical.

New e-resource: Que s’est-il passé le…? Consultez Retronews

We are delighted to announce Cambridge University now has full access to “le site de presse de la BnF”, Retronews.

Cambridge students and academics have been interested in Retronews since its inception in 2016, but with full subscription access now following a successful extended trial at the end of 2022, our insights into centuries of French history may now deepen and flourish.

For an excellent introduction to this new resource please see the European Languages Across Borders promotion that describes Retronews in detail.

Retronews subscription provides access to the full, unabbreviated versions of the articles plus long-form research articles. The earliest title, La Gazette de Theophraste Renaudot, dates back to 1631. Retronews adds newly digitized archives to the site each week and Cambridge now contributes to fund the growth of the digitization.  The majority of the newspapers were published between 1881 (the passing of press freedom law) and 1914, reflecting the golden age of the French press; from Zola to Durand, from Colette to Roussel, explore Retronews for as many views on the history, culture, politics, religion, leisure and social and regional life of France as there are pages to read.

To get the most out of Retronews, please read the guidance on searching, filtering search results, and researching term frequency here. And for general navigation of the site and individual titles/pages see here. Retronews supplies help also in the form of tutorial videos.

Comment le monde portera le casque, Le Rire, Cover 6 February 1915

You can access Retronews directly on or off campus via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-resources A-Z. Titles will be discoverable in iDiscover shortly.

You may also be interested in the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies, which includes Europresse, which provides access to current newspapers but also to some of their archives. And Cambridge’s new acquisition of the Le Monde digital archive 1944-2000.

CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature

New ejournal available :

CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature

Cambridge University members now have online access to CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (1969 to present) on the Project Muse platform.

From the Project Muse website:

“The focus of CHINOPERL is on literature connected to oral performance, broadly defined as any form of verse or prose that has elements of oral transmission, and, whether currently or in the past, performed either formally on stage or informally as a means of everyday communication. Such “literature” includes widely-accepted genres such as the novel, short story, drama, and poetry, but may also include proverbs, folksongs, and other traditional forms of linguistic expression.

“Formerly CHINOPERL Papers, number 6 (1976) through number 31 (2012); CHINOPERL News, number 1 (1969) through number 5 (1975).”

Also available to access via iDiscover.

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Poetry Review

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Poetry Review

Cambridge University members now have online access to the Poetry Review (2013 to present) on the Exact Editions platform.

The archive can be access on-campus here or off-campus here.

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From the publisher website:

The Poetry Review, published quarterly by The Poetry Society, is home to the world’s best contemporary poetry and writing about poetry. Since first publication in 1912, it has featured new poems, essays and reviews by internationally renowned and emerging poets, both Nobel Prize winners and newcomers. Famous contributors include T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Derek Walcott, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Alice Oswald.

Also available to access via iDiscover.

Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture


From Intellect Books:

“Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture is a peer-reviewed journal that offers a space for debates on the important nexus of migration and culture. It promotes diverse global and local perspectives by fostering cutting-edge research in this area, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary methodologies.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 12 (2021) to present.

Access Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture via the ejournals A-Z or at this link.

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Journal of Early Modern Christianity

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Early Modern Christianity

From the de Gruyter website:

“The Journal of Early Modern Christianity (JEMC) is published with our partner Refo500 and its academic department RefoRC. It intends to contribute to interdisciplinary, interconfessional, and comparative research on early modern Christianity.

“The journal bears out its interdisciplinary character by including a variety of relevant disciplines, such as church history, social history, cultural history, art history, literary history, history of ideas, history of music and archeology. Its interconfessional approach means that it includes contributions covering the major confessions of early modern Christianity, as well as Christian minorities and dissenters that were not recognized by any of these mainstream confessional traditions.

“JEMC also incorporates topics concerning the relationship between Christianity and other religions in the early modern period (Judaism, Islam, etc.). The journal’s comparative approach gives expression to a broader intellectual ambition of stimulating research that is not restricted to a local or national scope, but takes advantage of the rich theoretical possibilities of comparing and synthesizing at a European, international, and even global level. In terms of chronology, the Journal primarily covers the period from 1450 to 1700.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2014) to present.

Access the Journal of Early Modern Christianity via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

From the Brepols website:

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia is a multidisciplinary journal that covers the full range of studies in the field, stretching geographically from Russia to North America and chronologically from the Viking Age to the end of the medieval period. 

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2005) to present. Back issues were added to an already existing subscription.

Access the Viking and Medieval Scandinavia via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture

From the University of California Press website:

Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing the most current international research on the visual culture of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as that created in diaspora. A defining focus of the journal is its concentration of current scholarship on both Latin American and Latinx visual culture in a single publication. The journal aims to approach ancient, colonial, modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx visual culture from a range of interdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives.

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2019) to present.

Access the Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Scientific Study of Literature

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Scientific Study of Literature

From the John Benjamins website:

“Literature has an important role in human culture. Broadly interpreted, literature is defined as all cultural artefacts that make use of literary devices, such as narrativity, metaphoricity, symbolism. Its manifestations include novels, short stories, poetry, theatre, film, television, and, more recently, digital forms such as hypertext storytelling. Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL) publishes empirical studies that apply scientific stringency to cast light on the structure and function of literary phenomena.

“Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL) is the official journal of IGEL (the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature).”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 10 (2020) to present.

Access the Scientific Study of Literature via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Sociology of Development

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Sociology of Development

From the University of California Press website:

Sociology of Development is an international journal addressing issues of development, broadly considered. With basic as well as policy-oriented research, topics explored include economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, social movements, and more.

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2015) to present.

Access the Sociology of Development via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.