New E-Resource : Repbase

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Repbase.


from the publisher website: About Repbase

“Repbase is a database of prototypic sequences representing repetitive DNA from different eukaryotic species. Repbase is being used in genome sequencing projects worldwide as a reference collection for masking and annotation of repetitive DNA (e.g. by RepeatMasker or CENSOR).

Repbase has been developed since 1990 under the direction of Jerzy Jurka (the founder).

Most prototypic sequences from Repbase are consensus sequences of large families and subfamilies of repeats. Smaller families are represented by sequence examples. Repbase describes many families of repeats unreported anywhere else. Therefore, it was referred to as an “electronic journal.” Individual contributions are documented in Repbase version released in EMBL format. Repbase is often used in a FASTA format which removes references to the original authors. To remedy the situation, effective September 1 2001 we created a separate electronic journal, Repbase Reports, which publishes all new data to be compiled in Repbase. 

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.


Service to be retired as of 1 August 2022

End of service announcement from the Zetoc website: Following a review of Zetoc and in consultation with the British Library, we have decided to retire the service as of 1 August 2022. We would like to thank all users for your support and loyalty over the years. Please find more information here: “”

Some alternative ways to access alerts and updates from the journals you follow

Access and interact with online academic journals using Browzine.

Once journals are found, they can be stored into a personal bookshelf, or online personal library. There are some FAQs and information.  BrowZine then updates you with new articles published in these journals and clearly displays unread articles new to your bookshelf.

There are some useful links in the Cambridge Libraries, LibGuides – Medicine: Keeping up to date: database alerts

Here you will find information about PubMed, Medline, Embase, AMED and HMIC as well as PsycINFO, Global Health and CINAHL

Google Scholar Alerts create email alerts for topics of interest.

Do a search for the topic of interest, e.g., “M Theory”; click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page; enter your email address, and click “Create alert”. We’ll then periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria.

from Google Scholar, search tips, email alerts






The university has no control over the content of third party applications. These are not subscribed resources and therefore, the premium content is not available.

JournalTOCsallows the user to set up email alerts for chosen journals to let them know when new issues are published with contents information.

‘JournalTOCs  is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs): 32,567 journals including 16,161 selected Open Access journals and 11,719 Hybrid journals, from 3366 publishers.
JournalTOCs is for researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles.
JournalTOCs alerts you when new issues of your Followed journals are published.’

description from the publshers website

Researcher app  is another third party app

‘Never miss out on important research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you’ll ever be able to read them. That’s where Researcher comes in: we’re simplifying discovery. With over 15,000 journals across 10 research areas, just choose which journals you want to follow and we’ll create you a personalised feed.’

From the publishers website

New e-resource: British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS): Collections on the advancement of science 1830-1970

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS): Collections on the advancement of science 1830-1970 is now available to for members of the University of Cambridge to access.

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) was founded in 1831. The Association was created to promote the advancement of science in all its aspects. Its main aim was to improve the perception of science and scientists in the UK.

Wiley Digital Archives: British Association for the Advancement of Science (Collections on the History of Science: 1830-1970)

The BAAS archive from Wiley Digital Archives contains an aggregation of collections from the BAAS and from archival collections related to the BAAS, contributed by various institutions across the United Kingdom.

The BAAS Collection

The BAAS collection documents the efforts of the British scientific community to establish science as a professional activity and make Britain into a globally competitive centre for science.

Many of the prominent names of British science since the early 19th century are associated with the BAAS. These include past Presidents such as William Ramsay; Norman Lockyer; John Scott Burden Sanderson; Albert, Prince Consort; Charles Lyell; William Fairbairn; Thomas Henry Huxley; and Oliver Lodge.

The BAAS collection contains a broad collection of document types: reports, manuscript materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures and catalogues; field reports and minutes; annual reports.

WDA: BAAS includes reports; fieldnotes, correspondence and diaries; grey literature; photographs, artwork and illustrations; journal manuscripts; photographs; proceedings, lectures, and ephemera.

The collection spans a wide variety of interdisciplinary research areas, and supports educational needs in a broad range of subjects and disciplines including the History of Science, Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Mathematics; Engineering; Area Studies; Colonial, Post-Colonial & Decolonisation Studies; Development Studies; Environmental Degradation; Historical Sociology; Geology; International Relations; Trade and Commerce, and Law and Policy relating to Science.

Text taken from the Wiley platform.

Photo by Clive Kim from Pexels

Henry Stewart Talks (Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection) : access until 30 June 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to Henry Stewart Talks (Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection) until 30 June 2020.

Please tell us what you think of this collection using the online form.

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection contains over 2,600 specially commissioned talks, presented by leading world experts. Talks are usually published as part of series. Every series in the collection is structured and overseen by an editor. Speakers are chosen based on their expertise and each talk is produced especially for the collection.

Typically 30-50 minutes long, talks in the collection combine multimedia presentation of data and illustrations synchronised with the lecture narration. Every talk includes printable slide handouts, a transcript and a simple tool to allow lecturers to embed complete talks or segment of talks in their course materials.

Topics range from the fundamentals of life sciences to the latest developments in therapeutic interventions, from the level of the single molecule to entire populations. The content is arranged in categories and therapeutic areas and includes both advanced and introductory-level talks.

Access Henry Stewart Talks (Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection) via the direct links in this post or the Databases A-Z.

New e-resource : BioCyc Database Collection

The University of Cambridge now has access to the BioCyc Database Collection, a new subscription for covid research.







BioCyc is a collection of 17043 Pathway/Genome Databases (PGDBs), plus software tools for exploring them. Key aspects of BioCyc data:

  • Quality data curated from tens of thousands of publications, including curated databases for E. coli, B. subtilis, H. sapiens, and S. cerevisiae.
  • Computationally predicted metabolic pathways and operons.
  • Data integrated from other databases including gene essentiality, regulatory networks, protein features, and GO annotations.

The BioCyc Database Collection is available to access via the E-Journals SearchiDiscover or the Databases A-Z.


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.

Rockefeller University Press journals : access until 31st May 2020

Rockefeller University Press journals in life sciences & biomedicine are now available to access until 31st may 2020.

Please send any feedback about these journals via the online form.

The journals available are:


Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) publishes advances in any area of basic cell biology as well as applied cellular advances in fields such as immunology, neurobiology, metabolism, microbiology, developmental biology, and plant biology. Est. 1955


Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) publishes papers providing novel conceptual insight into immunology, neuroscience, cancer biology, vascular biology, microbial pathogenesis, and stem cell biology. Est. 1896


Journal of General Physiology (JGP)publishes mechanistic and quantitative cellular and molecular physiology of the highest quality. Est. 1918


Life Science Alliance (LSA) publishes valuable research from across all areas in the life sciences. The open access journal is co-published by Rockefeller University Press, EMBO Press, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Est. 2018

Trial access: Enzymes Online

Enzymes Online is a database published by De Gruyter that covers topics relating to the function, analysis, and application of enzymes.   The content is selected from journals and books published by De Gruyter in the areas of biology, medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering.

Currently the database includes about 1,300 articles.   De Gruyter describes the database as a “specially-tailored compilation on enzymes from all relevant disciplines including biology, medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering”.

Enzymes Online has been selected for trial access and this available now until 15 December 2018 via the following link:

Please send your feedback to:   Thank you.

JoVE trial extended: What do you think?

The University of Cambridge trial of JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments has been extended to 14 May 2018.

Please tell us what you think about the JoVE collections by writing to

Thank you

Access the trial on campus via

You can also create an account if you use an email address in the Cambridge domain – – which will provide access for the trial (“Create an account” on the green LOG IN tab top right on

Off campus options for access:

or via Shibboleth (Insitutional) login on the JoVE site (green LOG IN tab top right on and then “Sign in with Shibboleth” option).