Public Information Online: trial access extended to 31 December

Access is provided to Public Information Online until 31 December 2022 via this link.

Please tell us what use you have made of this resource, and if you would have a use for it in the future, please complete the evaluation form here

Public Information Online is a web-based archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents and is the only resource which will allow you to view so many Parliamentary publications in one place as PDFs.

It contains publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Parliament (Senedd), Scottish Government and also Non-Parliamentary material

PIO combines and formats information from a wide variety of sources to produce simple, coherent documents, saving you time and effort.

By UK Parliament – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yztSL08SgVY, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73062276

Public Information Online: trial access

Access is provided to Public Information Online until 2 December 2022 via this link.

Please tell us what use you have made of this resource, and if you would have a use for it in the future, please complete the evaluation form here

Public Information Online is a web-based archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents and is the only resource which will allow you to view so many Parliamentary publications in one place as PDFs.

It contains publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Parliament (Senedd), Scottish Government and also Non-Parliamentary material

PIO combines and formats information from a wide variety of sources to produce simple, coherent documents, saving you time and effort.

By UK Parliament – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yztSL08SgVY, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73062276

Problems accessing EBSCOhost e-resources on-campus — ebooks@cambridge

We are sorry to report an inconsistent problem affecting access to EBSCOhost ebooks and ejournals when users are connected via University of Cambridge Wi-Fi or ethernet. We have reported this to the supplier and flagged it as an urgent issue. You may see the following error messages when attempting to connect to EBSCO online resources: […]

Problems accessing EBSCOhost e-resources on-campus — ebooks@cambridge

Association for Computing Machinery first 50 years of backfiles now freely available

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have made the first 50 years of their backfiles freely available from the ACM Digital Library.

ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

Records for these titles will be added to iDiscover at a later date.

The Lens comes to the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is now joining with institutions worldwide in supporting The Lens, a unique resource providing discovery and analytics tools to analyze and manage patent and scholarly data with the aim of breaking down silos to enable inclusive problem solving for the public good. Cambridge University Libraries is delighted to be the first institution in the UK to support The Lens, and looks forward to developing its use of the The Lens Institutional Toolkit from 2022.

The Lens “serves linked open knowledge artefacts and metadata with tools to inform effective, efficient and equitable problem solving.” Cambridge is fully behind The Lens mission:

“Virtually all problem solving requires discovery, coordination and incentivization of multiple partners. This in turn requires building bridges between domains of expertise, and even domains of culture and norms. The Lens is the main project for a social enterprise focused on changing the global problem solving capability through a long-game strategy that includes creating a platform serving linked open knowledge artefacts and open metadata that can inform problem solving by a community vastly larger and more inclusive than just one single group be it scholars or academia or lawyers and businesses.”

Members of the University can take advantage now of the benefits of our institutional subscription. This includes the availability to yourselves of an API plan that comes in two versions, the “Institutional User Scholarly API Plan” and the “Institutional User Patent API Plan”.

These plans provide you with your own volume of requests and quotas (for more information see here).

To obtain access to one of these plans, you should first create a personal account on The Lens.  For instructions on how to create an account see here

You should use your University email address (@cam.ac.uk) when you create your account.  Next, send an email message to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk with the following text:

  • I confirm that I have created an account with @cam email address on The Lens
  • I request the Institutional User Scholarly API Plan [or] the Institutional User Patent API Plan

Your request will be processed, and you will receive a confirmation directly from The Lens that your account has been credited with the plan you requested.

To support your use of The Lens and inform and advise you on the diverse sources available to you in the area of patents The Department of Engineering Library has created a new LibGuide specifically on Patents.

The Lens can be accessed directly here and is listed in the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z of E-resources.

Engineering Village: Inspec, Inspec Analytics, Compendex trial access

Cambridge University members have trial access to the Inspec, Inspec Analytics, and Compendex databases on the Engineering Village platform. We are looking to understand the potential benefit of these resources to scientists in Cambridge and ask for your feedback –

https://uniofcam.libwizard.com/f/Engineering_Village_Feedback

You can also find out more details about the functionality of Engineering Village and Inspec Analytics here:

https://view.highspot.com/viewer/6095373034d6be21929bd45a

Your trial start date: 03 May 2021

Your trial end date:  11 June 2021

This limited trial access is for product testing purposes only and will be subject to the terms set forth in the Elsevier terms and conditions, including but not limited to the usage restrictions and limitations of liability set forth therein. https://www.elsevier.com/legal/elsevier-website-terms-and-conditions

Engineering Village is a specialized discovery platform where researchers can effectively search multiple engineering databases all in one place. For more information about any of the databases available on Engineering Village, please visit the Engineering Village information page.

We strongly encourage you to explore the training materials available online at the getting started page. Created by our in-house librarian, these resources provide thorough instructions on searching in Engineering Village and helpful tips for saving time and simplifying the research process.

Access is provided to you via

Direct IP access on the University Data Network (“on campus”)

Via VPN off campus

Via EZproxy off campus

Eustathius of Thessalonica, Commentary on the Odyssey

Cambridge University now has access to Eustathius of Thessalonica’s commentary on the Odyssey at this link.

“Eustathius (c. 1115-1195), was archbishop of Thessalonica, and before that a successful teacher and rhetorician in Constantinople during the reign of Manuel I Komnenos. In connection with his activities as teacher and orator, he produced what he termed parekbolai on the Odyssey and the Iliad … ” – preface to the edition representing “the latest and most fully revised version of the text”.

The Commentary can be found via the A-Z of e-resources and in iDiscover shortly.

Ulysses and Telemachus kill Penelope’s Suitors by Thomas Degeorge (1812)

Happy Christmas 2020

Wishing all Cambridge online resource users and Cambridge’s amazing librarians a Very Happy Christmas, and a Christmas Robin, courtesy of John Clare:

Here the wood robin rustling on the leaves

With fluttering step each visitor receives

Yet from his ancient home he seldom stirs

In heart content on these dead teazle burs

He sits and trembles oer his under notes

So rich – joy almost choaks his little throat

With extacy and from his own heart flows

That joy himself and partner only knows

He seems to have small fear but hops and comes

Close to ones feet as if he looked for crumbs

And when the woodman strinkles some around

He leaves the twig and hops upon the ground

And feeds untill his little daintys cloy

Then claps his little wings and sings for joy

And when in woodland solitudes I wend

I always hail him as my hermit friend

And naturally enough whenere they come

Before me search my pockets for a crumb

At which he turns his eye and seems to stand

As if expecting something from my hand

And thus these feathered heirs of solitude

Remain the tenants of this quiet wood

And live in melody and make their home

And never seem to have a wish to roam

British Standards Online – New plug-in required for access

From 19 December 2020, British Standards Online will be gradually introducing a new security feature to their documents.

This means BSOL documents can only be opened with a plug-in installed on your device. The plug-in is called File Open. It will help to keep your documents and experience more secure. 

British Standards Institute (BSI) has agreed a grace period until the end of February 2021 for installation of the plug-in.

To help you, BSI has created guidance on how to install the plug-in, to ensure that you are able to access and use the documents as quickly and efficiently as before:

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/supporting-our-clients-and-content-partners/

Please contact ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any concerns

Cumhuriyet Digital Archive Trial

The full-image/full-text digital archive of Cumhuriyet — Turkey’s oldest daily and leading opposition newspaper — is now available as part of the East View Global Press Archive.

Access is available for a limited trial period up to 25 December 2020 via this link.

Established in 1924 as the founding newspaper of the Turkish Republic, Cumhuriyet has stood witness to the changing landscape of Turkey’s political, social, and economic environment. Despite the challenges over the past 95 years, the institution of Cumhuriyet has sustained its coverage of domestic and international news, providing critical documentation of Turkey’s dynamic history and its relations with the global community.

The Cumhuriyet digital archive offered by East View is browsable and searchable, with full page-level digitization of original graphics and text (including advertisements). This archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, with more than 14,000 issues from 1980-2019 at present. It will include all known available issues once complete and grow with new content added each year.

Please send us feedback on this trial via this feedback form. Thank you.