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.

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.

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Edinburgh University Press journals collection : access until 31st December 2020

All 63 Edinburgh University Press journals (back to 2000) are now available to access until 31st December 2020 as a trial resource.

If you would like to send your feedback about any of these journals you can do so via the online form. Feedback will be used to help decide on new eresource acquisitions.

We have subscription to 27 University of Edinburgh Press journals and now have access from 2000 to present (for the journals that include volumes back to 2000) to all 63 titles available from the publisher.

Links to all the additional journals, and their articles, will be added to iDiscover shortly.

Journals that have been added include:

Journal of Victorian Culture (2000 to present)

Global Energy Law and Sustainability (2020 (volume 1))

Britain and the World (2008 to present)

Northern Scotland (2000 to present )

Word Structures (2008 to present)

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Edinburgh Law Review

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z :

Edinburgh Law Review

From the Edinburgh University Press website:

“An international forum for the discussion of law

  • High-quality, original, refereed academic writing
  • Contemporary substantive law, legal theory and history, and other aspects of the study of law in its social and cultural context
  • Focus on Scots law and the Scottish legal system, setting the law of Scotland in an international and comparative context
  • Coverage of interest for a modern European ius commune
  • Discussion of issues common to mixed legal systems
  • Analysis of developments in legislation and of court decisions
  • Reviews of major academic works”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 4 (2000) to present.

Access the CounterText via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Oxford Legal Research Library – International Commercial Arbitration & International Commercial Law : access both until 30th June 2020

Access to International Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Law on the Oxford Legal Research Library are available until 30th June 2020.

Please send your feedback via the online form.

International Commercial Arbitration (ICMA) is a collection of key reference works within the Oxford Legal Research Library. This is an exceptional resource for the arbitration researcher, bringing together some of the leading works in the field.

Delivering valuable content in an interlinked, searchable and easy-to-access format, the service is underpinned by key authoritative works including Redfern & Hunter, International Commercial Arbitration.

Also included are titles covering the rules and procedure of key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions, as well as key treatises looking at specific areas of international arbitration practice, with topics ranging from consent and annulment through to the calculation of damages.

International Commercial Law (ICML) is a collection of key reference works within the Oxford Legal Research Library (OLRL). This is an exceptional resource for researchers interested in the law of sale and contract, bringing together some of the leading works in the field.

Delivering valuable content in an interlinked, searchable and easy-to-access format, the service contains key authoritative works which combine to provide an unrivalled resource in international commercial law. The launch collection includes key analysis and opinion on the law of sale and contract, carriage of goods, and payment for and administration of the sale of goods. The titles included are listed below:

  • Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), 4th Edition
  • Bridge: The International Sale of Goods, 4th Edition
  • Schwenzer, Hachem and Kee: Global Sales and Contract Law
  • Goldby: Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade – Law and Practice
  • Girvin: Carriage of Goods by Sea, 2nd Edition
  • Dickinson: The Rome II Regulation: The Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations
  • Bridge: Sale of Goods, 3rd Edition
  • Adodo: Letters of Credit Law and Practice on Compliance

Periodicals Archive Online (complete) : access until 31st May 2020

Complete access to Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) is available until 31st May 2020 in addition to our perpetual access of the JISC colecltions within PAO.

Please send any feedback you have about this archive via the online form.

Periodicals Archive Online is a major archive that makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.

Providing access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

Currently, Periodicals Archive Online contains over 700 journals comprising more than 3 million articles and 15 million article pages. Periodicals Archive Online continues to add new titles, to give undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and libraries access to a growing collection of key journals in the humanities and social sciences.

All of the journals in Periodicals Archive Online are of significant value to scholars. Whilst the majority of titles are peer-reviewed academic journals, a number of carefully selected publications are included that were not originally scholarly in nature but now represent essential research material.

Newspapers, journals composed entirely of pictorial matter and journals that are indexes (i.e. abstracts, current contents services or bibliographies) are not considered. Monograph series may be included, however.

A round up of new eresrouces made available between 3rd to 17th April

As new eresources are made available due to COVID-19 they are being added to the Databases A-Z and promoted by the ejournals and ebooks teams on WordPress blogs (ejournals@cambridge and ebooks@cambridge) and Twitter (@ejournalscamb and @ebookscamb). When records are available in Alma for the new databases and collections they will be activated and be loaded into iDiscover.

The new databases and collections made available and promoted between 3rd and 17th April are listed below. Details about trial end dates are included in the blog posts that are linked to each title.


Artfilms, Bloomsbury ebooks, Textbooks on Cambridge Core, ProQuest Databases (including ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis Databases and ProQuest Video Online), Archive Direct, Project Muse, VitalSource Helps, JSTOR ebooks, SpringerLink textbooks, Brepols Online, Perlego

Arts & Humanities

Architects Journal and Architectural Review (new subscriptions from recommendations), Babelscores, Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection (Drama Online), Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Drama Online), Medici.TV, Littman e-library of Jewish Civilisation, Theology and Religion Online , RIPM North American and Music Periodicals, RIPM Jazz Periodicals, Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

Humanities and Social Sciences

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals (Business, Economics, Education, Law, International Relations, SPS), Oxford Handbooks – Criminology and Criminal Justice, Encyclopedia of Early Modern History, South Asia Archive

Biological Sciences

Rockefeller University Press journals (Medicine, Life science, Physiology), Thieme Connect Medical Journals , British Small Animal Veterinary Association, SIAM Epidemiology collection, Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Physical Sciences

Oxford Handbooks – Physical Sciences, Lyell Collection (Geological Society Publications), Thieme Connect Chemistry Journals, GeoScience World ebooks collection


Oxford Handbooks – Business and Management, Harvard Business Publishing Collection on EBSCOhost

For details on sending suggestions regarding new acquisition of ebooks, ejournals or eresources (databases) please see the instructions on the recommendations page.

If a subscribed version of an article is not readily available you may find the ‘Search and Discovery Tools’ pages useful. The browser plug-ins section includes details for Lean Library (which gives access to subscribed articles by reloading publisher platform URLs via Raven as well as searching for an OA copy if a subscribed version is not available) and Open Access browser plug-ins.

We hope you find this digest of recently added ersources useful.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals : access until 24th September 2020

We have access to the Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals available on the Ingenta Connect platform until 24th September 2020.

If you would like to send feedback about these titles you can do so via the online form.

Bristol University Press strives to publish world-class scholarship that advances theory, knowledge and learning within and beyond academia.

This exciting new university press questions the status quo, disrupts current thinking and reframes ideas in a global context.

Areas of interest for Bristol University Press include:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Economics and Society
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Business and Management

    “Policy Press are dedicated to publishing that counts and serves a wider purpose, producing books with care and craftsmanship. They publish on subjects where other publishers don’t go. And their books make a difference.”

    Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, author of Injustice

    Areas of interest for Policy Press include:

    • Social Policy
    • Social Work
    • Health Policy and Social Care
    • Education
    • Poverty

Trial access: Making of Modern Law – Foreign, Comparative, and International law, 1600-1926

Trial access is now available for the University of Cambridge to the Making of Modern Law – Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926 e-resource.

Access the trial via this link until 29 November 2019.

Please tell us what you think about this resource using the feedback form here.  Thank you.

Making of Modern Law (MOML) is a series of nine collections of which the University Library, with the Squire Law Library, acquired the Legal Treatises collection in 2017.

Each collection comprises a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, supporting the study of law by providing valuable resources form the most influential writers throughout history.

The Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926 collection comprises study treatises and a range of other legal documents from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, several hundred classics since the seventeenth century, and book sources that compare legal systems across the world.

This archive collects them all in one place and features the work of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Selden, Zouche, and more.

It is a resource to explore the roots of English common law in the recesses of European history, with access to texts on Ancient Roman, Jewish, and Islamic law.

Gentili, Alberico – In titulum Digestorum De verborum significatione commentarius, 1614 

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

From the Taylor & Francis website for the journal:

The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is a new peer reviewed journal covering all aspects of the law governing the use of force (jus ad bellum), as distinct from other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as International Humanitarian Law or International Criminal Law. The Journal aims to provide a forum for top quality international research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, covering issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council and force employed for humanitarian purposes. As such, it has a focused mandate, whilst engaging with the ‘jus ad bellum’ broadly defined, ensuring a wide appeal.

“In addition to publishing research of the highest quality and impact, of both a theoretical and more practical nature, the Journal will support the conducting of research, through a digest of state practice on the use of force – a relatively unique feature for an international law journal – which will act as a key means of assessing the development of customary international law in the area. The Journal also features book reviews that significantly engage with the key works in the field.”

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

Access Journal on the Use of Force and International Law via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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