BrillOnline Primary Sources platform

Brill (with Semantico) have launched BrillOnline Primary Sources. This new platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world.  Collections subscribed by the University of Cambridge on the new platform are:

Early Russian Cinema

Mass media in Russia Online

Screen and stage

Soviet cinema

Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas. Scholars are offered access to Brill’s primary source collections in an attractive and easy to use online environment.

Semantico built the site using their latest technologies. Scolaris, the next generation integrated content platform, is engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse. Content is consumed through the Scolaris Reader, a powerful and flexible solution for viewing and annotating rights-managed PDF files.

Farewell scirus searching

Elsevier announce:


Scirus is set to retire near the end of January, 2014.

“To ensure a smooth transition, we are informing you now so that you have sufficient time to find an alternative search solution for science-specific content.”


“… is [was] the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 575 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.”

UN Comtrade

Trial access is now available to the UN Comtrade database

Trial access is available until 15 February 2014 to the UN Comtrade database, for research on any commodity from any country, including larger overviews of imports and exports by country and main categories of commodities, such as food or fuels or machinery.

Also includes annual data from more than 130 countries. The data is searchable by commodity and partner country. All values are converted to US dollars and metric units. Coverage varies by country, but dates as far back as 1962 and go up to the most recent year.

Access the trial on campus via this link or off campus via ezproxy.

British Education Index and ERIC on EBSCOhost

From August 2014 it is expected the education databases British Education Index and ERIC will be available on the EBSCOhost platform rather than, as presently, on the ProQuest platform.

To prepare for this transition, access is now available for Cambridge users to the British Education Index and ERIC on the EBSCOhost platform.

To access these two education databases on EBSCOhost please use the links below:

British Education Index

on campus

off campus


on campus

off campus


New on eresources@cambridge A-Z : the Duxiu database

The Duxiu database provides access to more than three million Chinese bibliographic entries and two million full text scholarly resources in all subjects and formats, such as books, journal articles, conference papers and video clips.

Duxiu covers Chinese publications from the early 1930s to the present. Johns Hoptkins University’s Sheridan Libraries Blog describes Duxiu thus:

Duxiu … covers nearly all subjects, and includes books, journals, theses and dissertations, newspapers and more. All with powerful full text search capability. Duxiu’s digital book collection, in particular, covers nearly all the books published in mainland China both before and after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It is the largest digital library of Chinese books in the world.”

New contents are added monthly.

Access Duxiu via the eresources@cambridge A-Z or at this link.